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    Cutting Carbon Fibre

    What would you use to cut this with ?



    I`m ready to fit the gauges, and dont know whether to use a hacksaw or stanley blade ............. dont want to c**k it up :roll:
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    do the gauges lip over alot? how mych room for error have you got?

    i think a little dremel tool would be best
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    whats with the creasing/bubling between the gauges?

    how thick is the sheeting?

    i would personally use something a bit more wieldly than a stanley knife - something like one of those bloody sharp craft knifes which look like a surgeons blade
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty
    whats with the creasing/bubling between the gauges?

    how thick is the sheeting?

    i would personally use something a bit more wieldly than a stanley knife - something like one of those bloody sharp craft knifes which look like a surgeons blade
    The bubbling is the protective film mate.

    It`s about 2.5mm thick, and there`s about 10mm clearance all round
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    contact these guys http://www.reverie.ltd.uk/ they should be able to offer the best advice

    i would say a surgens knife or the dremel idea is good.

    the best thing i can think of though is one of those bench jigsaw cutters, they have ultra fine blades on them so should leave a puka finish
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    Personally, i wudnt wanna use a hacksaw or stanley on that. You havnt got much to work within, and one slip of the staney, or mess up a cut with the hacksaw and :shock: !

    Id use summats like Cal suggested. havnt got one myself but heard they are quite good, wiv more tools than you can think of!

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    or do you have those hole cutting bits for your drill? if so you could put the carbon down on a piece of mdf and use the hole cutter for a perfect round hole

    if you do, just go very slowly on a fast rpm speed to make sure it doesn't splinter
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    use a stanley knife and a ruler to gentle score the area you want to cut...do this several times (the less pressure you put on the less likly you are to slip)

    After you have done that it should be scored enough to crack apart...or if you are not sure some very heavy duty sicissors will cut it.
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    Thanks for the ideas guys

    The gauges are fitted in the panel, all I have to do is cut all 4 sides to fit in the console where the CD rack is.

    Maybe a carpenters bandsaw would be best then ?
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    ah i see!

    a band saw may be okay - i'd only use it if it has a very fine blade though.

    otherwise i'd use a metal ruler and a bloody sharp knife an dlike mat says do each in several gentle scores
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