Glossy Black Carbon Fiber DI-NOC Is Finally Here!

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\nMatte vs glossy carbon fiber DI-NOC\r\n\r\nMatte vs glossy carbon fiber DI-NOC\r\n\r\nMatte vs glossy carbon fiber DI-NOC\r\n\r\nMatte vs glossy carbon fiber DI-NOC\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

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  • What do you recommend on rims, what will last longer flat black or glossy black.

  • Carbon Fiber Film

    Gloss black is considered indoor-use only, so we recommend matte black.

  • Would you advise against an enamel clearcoat over the matte when you want to use it on say a car’s body panel? Or would it detract from the effect of the vinyl? Or should I just go with the gloss and save myself the headache? Sorry for the multiple questions at once

  • Dave P.

    Please see our blog post here for an answer to your question:\n\n\nhttp://www.carbonfiberfilm.com/blog/experimenting-by-clear-coating-di-noc/

  • hGomez

    what size of wrap could cover the hood of a 2002 bmw 325i?

  • You would have to measure the hood to figure out the size needed. It’s likely the 48″x60″ if we had to guess though.

  • Space!

    is a heat gun mandatory ?

  • No, a blowdryer will actually do the job just fine. But if you have any sort of curvature at all, you’ll need to use some sort of heat.

  • Shawn

    I have 94 convertible mustang GT, im thinking carbon fibber on interior minus seats. Do you have any colour scemes for this?

  • We just sell the different colors listed here: http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com/blog/3m-carbon-fiber-di-noc-now-available-in-7-different-colors/\n\nThe scheme you want to use is based on your personal preference.

  • Shawn

    Will this product stick on other vinyl products ? Like dash boards.

  • As long as they are smooth and non-porous, I don’t see it being an issue, though you should always test first if there is any doubt.

  • Jaran Higley

    How strong is the product? Does it resist tears and abrasions?

  • It’s a vinyl, so it’s tough to say without you just having it in your hand. It’s thick, so for a vinyl, it will be one of the most durable. I would recommend purchasing a sample to see for yourself.

  • Nico

    Hey guys, even if it is only recommended as “indoor”. Is there any risk if I would use it for my audi a5 as roof cover in carbon? I’m just asking because of weather or also wash-streets?

  • You’re not really risking anything from the car perspective, but the material just won’t have the same durability rating. UV exposure would just break it down faster, so you can expect something like fading or the gloss to not look as good faster. You can always test with a sample and see how it holds up.\n\nOur own internal testing here actually showed that it held up perfectly well for 6 months, outside 24/7 on a horizontal application.