Carbon fiber is a lightweight and strong material used extensively in the automotive industry to enhance performance and aesthetics. There are two primary manufacturing processes for carbon fiber products: wet carbon fiber and dry carbon fiber. Both types offer distinct advantages and are used for different applications in car parts. Here, we will explain the main differences between wet and dry carbon fibre.

dry carbon fibre

Manufactured using resin pre-coated sheets of carbon fibre in an autoclave (large pressure cooker). This process produces a product that is less sensitive to the effects of UV rays and temperature. While it is more costly to produce, it does make for a thinner product that is then polished and clear coated to produce a high gloss effect.

Manufactured to reduce weight.

1/2 of the weight of wet carbon.

Adds weight to your vehicle

High pitch sound when knocking on it, smooth rear side, less flexible, carbon pattern visible from a greater angle.

wet carbon fibre

Manufactured using resin infused carbon sheets which are layered and are therefore heavier and more sensitive to the effects of UV rays and heat. Wet carbon is less expensive to manufacture and the finished product is thicker and has less of a glossy appearance. While not as strong and reliant as Dry Carbon it is more flexible. not as strong as dry carbon.

Mixture of fibreglass and carbon

Adds weight to your vehicle

Cheaper manufacturing process vs Dry Carbon

Fibreglass can react to heat and sunlight and go yellow over time.