Ok, I am adding some fenders to Reynolds Ouzo Pro Aero forks and I figure the rubberized metal straps that go around the bottom of the fork should have a layer of electrical tape to cushion them before I put on the straps just to make sure they don't wear the carbon. Anyway, I get a fold in the tape and pull it off to have another go at it. Only problem is a large flake of clearcoat comes off with the tape when I pull it off. My question is- Does this comprimise the fork in any way? The part of me that has worked with epoxy and fiberglass weaves before tells me no, and that the part that flaked off is likely an overcoat to protect the epoxy resins from UV. If this is true then It should be OK as long as it is covered with the tape. The carbon weave appears intact under the flake, it just doesn't have the shiny look that the topcoat gave it anymore.
There is another side of me though (the one that likes to go 40 mph down hills and worries about these things) that wants a second opinion. Anyone out there care to chime in?