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We Make Our Light Switch Plates Look Like Carbon Fiber

One of the first things we did when we were trying out the 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber vinyl was cover the lightswitch back plate.  We had just painted the office a dark grey, so we though it would match perfectly…and it did 🙂  Here’s a little run through of what we did:\r\n\r\nWe used a 12″x12″ 3M DI-NOC CA-421 carbon fiber sheet (although we could have obviously used a much smaller piece), but you can see it in comparison to the switch plate:\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\nFirst we covered the front of the plate, and trimmed the edges a bit:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNext we pulled the edges and affixed it to the back.  We used a heat gun to help stretch the material.  This helped to make sure the edges…and especially the corners were taught:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThen we took an exact-o knife and cut out the holes for the light switches.  We then pulled the pieces and stuck them on the back:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWe didn’t have black screws yet, so we just simply took a sharpie marker for now and colored the screws black:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHere it is installed, it looks great!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHere’s a shot from a little further back:\r\n\r\n