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Carbon suppliers in Australia?

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Created by djdojo 4 months ago, 9 Mar 2018
djdojo
VIC, 1462 posts
9 Mar 2018 10:24AM
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Hi all, looking to get several metres of 12" unidirectional carbon for a couple of projects. A google search for local suppliers yields very few products and exorbitant prices compared to international ebay options. I'm fine with buying from overseas via ebay but wondering if you have local suppliers with reasonable product range and price?

CJ2478
NSW, 263 posts
9 Mar 2018 1:10PM
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www.playwithcarbon.com/uni-directional-carbon-300gsm-x-500mm-wide/

I have purchased from these guys previously. Not sure what you consider an exorbitant price but I thought it was decent.

Check whether there is a local boat builder or fibreglass supply place that stocks FGI if you want to go local.

djdojo
VIC, 1462 posts
9 Mar 2018 2:43PM
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Thanks, that works for me. I'd been to their site but somehow only saw the narrower tapes which work out much more expensive per square metre. Carbon ordered - project time!

dafish
NSW, 1201 posts
10 Mar 2018 8:35AM
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and what project will that be? New carbon board or wings?

FOT
WA, 81 posts
11 Mar 2018 7:35PM
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A few suppliers I'd recommend, agree Google searches for this stuff is really hard. Play with carbon do some cool stuff in vac bag supplies too.

Shapers.com.au - good range, ok prices. Do more rail tapes than sheets of carbon. Good for small quantities and ship anywhere.

Sanded.com.au - do some interesting alternative materials including basalt and innegra. May have some carbon tapes. Bit pricey, but cool products.

Colan.com.au - need to order descent quantities, but have anything imaginable.

Fibreglass and Resin Supplies - WA supplier in Welshpool. Good prices, have basic uni directional and bi directional carbon tapes and sheets.

My 2 cents.

djdojo
VIC, 1462 posts
15 Mar 2018 9:34PM
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dafish said..
and what project will that be? New carbon board or wings?


A new board experiment. The kerfed pawlonia board is going really well after probably close to a hundred sessions now, but I have some new ideas to develop. All I can say at this stage is that the zero-prestige, low-budget, low-tech commitment to simplicity continues ...

Mark _australia
WA, 17812 posts
15 Mar 2018 8:08PM
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For quantity, can't beat Soller Composites USA. Half the price. Or less....

dbabicwa
WA, 706 posts
16 Mar 2018 9:43AM
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Yes, well, shipping from the US is fc#k

Tried to order some v69 threads (coz can't buy a small spindle in AU):

www.sailrite.com/Thread-V-69-Black-Polyester-UV-1oz-350-Yds

Shipping $60? C'mon...

sanded
NSW, 61 posts
16 Mar 2018 3:39PM
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FOT said..
A few suppliers I'd recommend, agree Google searches for this stuff is really hard. Play with carbon do some cool stuff in vac bag supplies too.

Shapers.com.au - good range, ok prices. Do more rail tapes than sheets of carbon. Good for small quantities and ship anywhere.

Sanded.com.au - do some interesting alternative materials including basalt and innegra. May have some carbon tapes. Bit pricey, but cool products.

Colan.com.au - need to order descent quantities, but have anything imaginable.

Fibreglass and Resin Supplies - WA supplier in Welshpool. Good prices, have basic uni directional and bi directional carbon tapes and sheets.

My 2 cents.


Thanks FOT - per meter we are quite reasonable -(cheaper than others if you look at their per metre price) and have over 180 variants of Rail tapes -in Carbon we have every width from 20mm - 120mm, we also have a carbon innegra hex weave (4oz) cloth 27inch that is $20 per metre

As well as a 1.2m wide 6oz 100% Carbon Cloth in a twill (easier to wrap around rails )

79Boarder
NSW, 82 posts
16 Mar 2018 7:30PM
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dbabicwa said..
Yes, well, shipping from the US is fc#k

Tried to order some v69 threads (coz can't buy a small spindle in AU):

www.sailrite.com/Thread-V-69-Black-Polyester-UV-1oz-350-Yds

Shipping $60? C'mon...


try www.shipito.com and set yourself up with a US address. It's usually free to ship within the states.

vendeavours
VIC, 296 posts
16 Mar 2018 9:59PM
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I have 6oz clear cloth with carbon twine 10 mm apart if you like using on my deck and off cut on the bottom

djdojo
VIC, 1462 posts
21 Mar 2018 4:01PM
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Thanks all, went with the 500mm uni from play with carbon for this project. Good to have options. Happy building!



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