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    Carbon fibre tube - Gloss or Matte?

    I'm just keen to hear people's views on which they prefer and why?

    I personally feel matte looks and feels nicer, but I've just discovered also that if you're making 3D printed parts that have to 'clamp' around a tube, they clamp to matte better than gloss (less slip, so you don't need to clamp as hard).

    Are they're any attributes/benefits of gloss carbon fibre tube that I'm unaware of, or is it merely a cosmetic preference thing?


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    Do you use lip gloss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chatch View Post
    Do you use lip gloss?
    Only when you let me borrow yours.

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    haha. stick with matte
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    I prefer matte because it looks more professional and it's not as slippery on the clamps
    I've had an importer of this stuff tell me the glossy one is just the matte one with a layer of lacquer, so no difference apart from looks
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    Matte wins for me, much nicer and as you say it's better for clamping.

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    Cool! Thanks chaps, it sounds like matte (or is it 'matt' ?) wins!

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    I always usually say Matt, but I changed just to suit your thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeflyboy View Post
    I always usually say Matt, but I changed just to suit your thread
    Ha!

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    +1 on matte...
    - For the reasons stated.
    - Glossy "can" be inferior as the clear coat will mask surface defects and imperfections.
    - The clear coat adds weight with no significant strength.

    Now, one potential advantage of the glossy is that you want it to slip, say on a Tarot Ironman 680 (locking mechanism).
    When nothing else out there will suit your needs... design and build it yourself.

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