Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

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Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by and » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:44 am

Have partial loss of the top layer (tint) from the polycarbonate cover.
Realise that replacements are extremely hard to find, but would be happy to purchase one ... has anyone ever had the polycarbonate recoated?

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by tim_marra » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:04 pm

Its actually a three piece laminate construction, with the tint being in the sandwich layer.

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by and » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:21 pm

I can understand the blackoff being the middle layer...
But there appears to be a film/tint on the top surface, which is in my case partially removed, showing a clear polycarbonate below ... Happy to forward an image

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by tlracer » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:58 pm

At a guess it will be a UV coating, similar to that on headlights. Over time the coating can start to break down.

You can buy UV coating sprays, but I've never used one, that are supply to restore the surface.

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by jonnyfox » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:38 pm

I need to do this during at some point.
#498

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by and » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:37 am

Thanks for feedback gents.
Read that there is a coating either side of the polycarbonate, outside obviously all over, inner looks like it runs to edge of blackoff.
Two different approaches as I see it.
Find a company or a guide on how to remove existing outer coating, plus application of new coating. They need to handle complete assembly.
Or find a new polycarbonate, which would then entail removal of old polycarbonate from the carrier below and rebonding.
Neither that simple...

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by jonnyfox » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:04 pm

Phil has them for sale in the parts section. Only three left.
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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by and » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:30 am

Thanks!!

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by thommo » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:13 am

Don't forget Impact paintshop (and much more) in Bury, Lancs (0161 764 5421) They worked wonders on Jabbs polycarbonate engine cover (I don't think he'd mind me sharing that). And did a great job on sorting the panel gaps on mine.
Might be worth a call to seek advice even if they are miles away from you.

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Re: Refurb of polycarbonate engine cover

Post by SimonE » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:26 pm

Thommo I asked Mike at impact, whilst my Elise was in for a respray, if he could assist with bonding my new cover but he was not able to assist unfortunately.

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