Sun damage to unfinished Chinese carbon fiber fork?
4 years ago I ordered from Hongfu* a carbon fiber frame and fork (painted) and an additional fork (unfinished) that I intended to put on a different bike.
(*as an aside, let me say that I am very pleased with the stuff from Hongfu.)
The specs of the unfinished fork are as follows:
Alloy+Carbon Road Racing Fork (HF-FK022)
Alloy+Carbon Road Racing Fork.
Blade: Toray Carbon.
Finish: To order, W/3K.
I am calling the fork "unfinished" because I did not specify and pay extra for a specific finish. Perhaps it is clearcoated, perhaps not. How does one determine this?
Anyway, all was well until I happened to read recently that sun (UV rays) damage carbon fiber unless it is at least clearcoated.
Since I don't know whether or not it is clearcoated, I am concerned about this possible "sun damage". Is this a legitimate concern? I emailed Jenny at Hongfu to inquire about this; but she hasn't yet replied and may not.
Can anybody give me some straight scoop on this? Would this alleged "sun damage" be just cosmetic, or would it effect structural integrity?
Thanks for your help.
Last edited by ClarkinHawaii; 02-27-14 at 08:39 AM.