Cutting a hole in Carbon Fibre Dash.

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Cutting a hole in Carbon Fibre Dash.

I am wanting to fit a 12v socket into my Carbon Fibre Dash what is the best way to cut the hole ?

Could I mark the diameter of the hole and cut it out with a Dremel ?

 

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Yes you can - drill a hole with the biggest drill bit you have and then enlarge with a Dremel. Mask with several layers of masking tape first - it's easy to slip if you aren't careful! Finish with a round or curved file. I'm sure there are other ways but that worked for me and I started with a blank dash :-)

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Thanks Shaun

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Don't forget to wear a mask. Stewart
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Wear both a mask and gloves! The broken fibers will enter your skin and wander through your body, and if you breathe them in they will do the same in your lungs!

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Kingsley, I've found the easiest and tidiest way to cut holes in carbon is with a step drill, plenty of sizes available on ebay.

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Also, use high speeds, low pressure and sharp drill bits to minimise splintering.

James

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Come to think of it I used a step drill as well (in my defence it was a long time ago Hehe ). I also had to cut a hole for a Stack dash so used a dremel with a cutting wheel.

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Step drill or cookie cutter drill.

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Masking tape to cover twice the area and press on firmly, it will stop damage if you should slip and also stops the edges from splintering.

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I mounted two 12v sockets on the bulkhead behind the dash. They are quite easy to reach and it would be a lot less stressful than cutting a carbon dash. Duncan