If I could only tell you how many times we’ve been asked if DI-NOC is available in a glossy black! The glossy version (CA-421GN) is considered an indoor-use only material, but we wanted to see how it would handle being outside in maximum UV exposure over a long period of time before we made it available for sale to you guys. So we tested for many months in an horizontal application in Virginia. Even though the material is considered indoor-only, months later is still looked brand new. While every environment is different, it looks like it actually does have some decent outdoor lifespan, just don’t expect 3M to stand behind it. Basically, use at your own risk.\r\n\r\nAnother thing to note is that although it is considered a glossy version, it’s not going to be like a full gloss real carbon fiber piece that you may be used to seeing. Normally, something like that is either a polished epoxy or has a clear coat applied, but more importantly, it’s typically smooth. Because DI-NOC has texture to it, the look is more like the original CA-421 (the matte version) with a sheen to it. In all reality the differences between the two are pretty subtle, and hard to even show in pictures.\r\n\r\nIf you’re really having trouble deciding whether to get CA-421 or CA-421GN, we highly recommend purchasing samples from us just to be able to see it in person. We’ve snapped a few pictures below in a number of different environments to help give you an idea of how it looks.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you have an outdoor application where you really want glossy, but have concerns about lifespan, you can always consider clear coating the matte material.\r\n\r\nWe also put together a video for you to show the differences:\r\n\r\nhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIkY8-LACDc
When you want the carbon fiber look without the cost
Here at Carbon Fiber Film, we only sell genuine 3M™ DI-NOC™, the best carbon fiber vinyl in the industry.
- Not just a printed pattern, but has an actual texture that reflects light
- 4 year outdoor/12 year indoor lifespan*
- Self-adhesive back with 3M™ Comply adhesive
- Water resistant
- Available in 9 different color/finishes
- Endless number of applications
What is 3M™ DI-NOC™?
3M™ DI-NOC™ is a high-end vinyl from 3M™ from their Architectural Finishes series. The vinyl can be installed on all sorts of surfaces, regardless of the curvature. This means there are an unlimited amount of applications, from the interior of your car to the back of your laptop.
The original CA-421 (black) model that we sell gives a dry carbon look, though it's available in 9 different color/finishes. Contrary to initial belief, carbon fiber DI-NOC™ is not just a printed carbon fiber pattern, but in fact has a three-dimensional texture to it. This allows it to reflect light the same way that real carbon fiber would, making it the best real-world alternative to carbon fiber when you just want the look without paying a ton of money. There are plenty of other benefits that make the 3M™ DI-NOC™ carbon fiber vinyl so great, read our FAQ for more info!