3M's new DIâ€“NOC carbon fiber film that we've started offering can only be described as a "synthetic textile" It's a flexible and lightweight carbon fiber vinyl film that looks like the real thing, only less expensive. It can be installed on both flat and curved surfaces. Textured to the touch, DIâ€“NOC is ideal for the inside and outside of a computer chassis, keyboards, headsets, mice, or even your mobile phone. It's 8.3 mil thick and is very durable, so it withstands outdoor elements. You can apply it on your bicycle, car, or whatever you think deserves.
Tools & Supplies Needed
3M DI-NOC Black carbon fiber film
Phillips Screw Driver
Loctite brand Super Glue
I'm using a Steel Series "IKARI" gaming mouse for this tutorial, but you can use your own mouse.
1' x 1' sheet of 3M DIâ€“NOC carbon fiber film should cover eight PC gaming mice, but we're only doing one.</p>
To remove shell, you need to remove the three screws that are hidden under the front and rear skid pads. Use Xacto knife to start the peel off. You will glue the skid pads back on later.
The three screws that hold on the shell are revealed.
The center shell is held on with two plastic tabs beneath it and one tiny screw.
Use a Scissors to cut the film about a half inch larger than the mouse shell.
I'm using a Heat Gun with it's own pedestal. You can find Heat Guns on Ebay or local Home Improvement stores from $20 - $100
3M Dic-NOC film requires very little heat before it becomes stretchable, to fit over curved surfaces. My Heat Gun was on it's LOWEST temperature setting.
Stretch the warmed film over the mouse, one portion at a time. If you get a wrinkle, then peel off the film, warm it again and re-apply. It may take some practice!
Once the film is applied evenly, use a Scissors or Xacto knife to remove the extra film around the edges of the mouse.
Using Xacto knife to clean up the edges of film on the mouse. Now you can re-assemble your mouse shell.
Re-attaching the two skid pads.
3M DI-NOC carbon fiber film does look AND feel like the real thing!
I'm amazed at how durable it is. I could crumple up the film, heat it up, and it became a usable sheet again! After finishing the mouse, I looked around the shop to see what else would be fun to cover with DI-NOC. It would be fun to cover an entire computer case, laptop cover or game console controller. I'll just leave it to your imagination![U]