So I had a small accident. A careless hotel valet drove into a kerb while parking and destroyed the carbon fibre lip on the bumper of my Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 😱 Thankfully I know someone who's good at repairing carbon fibre 💪 At least that's the official story. Unofficially: be careful when cleaning with compressed air 🙈 This carbon decal seems to be not clear coated and torn apart...
Luckily one of my carbon decals is a good match, at least in size. So I used masking tape to remove the rest of the upper part of the decal (actually it came off when I was making the template - one less thing to think about) and placed the replacement. Oh, I also learnt the hard way that the whole bumper is not clear coated! While degreasing, I tripped over a few spots on the bumper and the paint faded. You can partially see that next to the number plate - the reflection is blurry there. But it is way worse in person and also faded below the turn signal. So there you have it - one of the reasons for the discolouration between the bumper and the rest of the model 🤦♂️
Anyway, the decal is in place and all I have to do is tint it with Tamiya smoke to match the colour as well. It wouldn't be visible on the photo, but the new decal is slightly lighter, than the original and you can see it on direct sunlight, when you compare both sides. And repair the faded paint, of course. To be continued when I go to the local model shop to get some pointy Q-Tips.
PS: I must be having a bad week. When I lifted my Ferrari 360 CS the windscreen literally flew off including the wipers. No scratches on the windscreen and both wipers were found, so hopefully an easy repair there.