Pondering on mentions of carbon fiber in recent weeks but NOT finding a link to the stuff in threads or posts, I decided to look for it online. Specifically carbon fiber with a silver finish.
Some people, including yours truly, have been wanting to emulate the look of the HRAP SA and SE sticks with those nice reflective faceplate art.
It’s really a derivative of carbon fiber. Carbon is is more blackish/dark grey alternating blocks. Vanilla HRAP’s (both black and white HRAP 3 cases in my collection) have cheap sticker art that emulates this…
The HRAP 3 SA and SE I own have a silver finish. Likewise for the HRAP 2 SA but its finish is a bit darker. This is technically NOT carbon fiber but a similar product called Texalium. It’s a fiberglass product with an aluminum coating. Still looks very silverish to me! It’s generically called silver carbon fiber because people generally don’t care about its composition. They just like it because it reflects well in light!
Here’s place that sell sheets that are big enough to be cut to an HRAP faceplate with an Xacto knife or similar sharp instruments –
.015" silver sheet veneer 11" x 8"
The cheapest sheet that can be used in the 11" X 16" sheet. The sheets I’ve look at are all 0.015" thick! The smaller sheets just don’t have enough material to cover the faceplate of an HRAP (which is ~ 13" by 8" at its longest and thickest sections). It’s also far cheaper than the next size up! $22.95 … You also have to pay for adhesive backing on this. The cheaper alternatives I’ve found seem to be rolled up… It doesn’t say for sure whether this is the case for the sheeting sold through Sierra Composites.
Carbon fiber and its derivatives are usually used in car interiors and suitcases.
UPDATE: Found a cheaper source for silver carbon fiber here…
It’s rolled up but comes with peel-off to expose adhesive backing.
Another carbon fiber derivative – white carbon fiber
I like the silver better… More reflective, easier to see the block pattern.
The bad news is that this sheeting is guaranteed for only five years with hard use!
At least it can be removed and replaced with new sheeting.