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What the Carbon? Weaves (Part 2 of 5)

We are going to talk about different types of fabric weaves, what they do, and what applications they are useful in. Everything will be discussed in a high-level manner. It’s easy to get into the technical details, but that may only be interesting to composite engineers. If you haven’t see part one, then you can check it out here. So let’s dive in and look at the different type of carbon weaves. 

There are a bunch of different types of weaves, but we will only be looking at the following:

  • Unidirectional and tow
  • Bidirectional (plain and twill)
  • Braided

Unidirectional and Tow:

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Tow is the most basic of carbon fibre materials. Tow is just a group of carbon strands, all aligned in the same direction. You can sort of think of it like your hair. If you’ve ever pulled on one of your hairs, its pretty easy to break, but pull on all of them, it’s actually quite strong. Similarly, tow is made up of lots and lots of individual carbon strands. For example, a 12k dry carbon tow is made up of 12,000 strands of carbon fibre!

  • Where are these weaves used? Tow is perfect for lashing carbon tubes together. For example, you might have seen it used on early carbon fibre bicycles. It can also be used as thin unidirectional reinforcements in your laminations.

Unidirectional fabric is similar to tow, but it generally comes in much wider sections. For example, a tow strand might be only 1 inch wide, whereas unidirectional fabric can come in standard 48, 54, or 60 inch fabrics.  This fabric has stitches running perpendicular to the unidirectional fibres, just so that it doesn’t fall apart.

  • Where are these weaves used? Unidirectional fabric has some very interesting properties. It is quite strong and stiff along the length of the fibre, but weak across the fibres. When laminated, the carbon sheet can bend and flex. It’s perfect for panels that might need to bend around gentle curves. Of  course, there are uses for it. You can buy unidirectional carbon tubes. These tubes can withstand compression pretty well, and don’t typically bend either. These tubes are often used as crash structures.


When you think of carbon fibre, you’re probably thinking of bidirectional fabrics (specifically twill, which we will get to in a minute). Bidirectional is simply unidirectional tow woven together.

In the case of plain weave, it means that the tow is woven one over, one under (check out the image). All bidirectional fabrics have benefit of strength in two directions. There are different types of plain weave as well. One version that we are starting to see is from Textreme. It is an extremely thin fabric. This allows for more layering (more strength) and can be used to make very lightweight parts. You have probably seen this on some F1 cars.

  • Where are these weaves used? Plain weave is great for creating large flat pieces. The one major downside of plain weave is that it does not form around compound 3D curves. When attempting to use plain weave for compound 3D curves, you will experience severed de-lamination which will weaken your carbon parts.

Twill is what you have been seeing everywhere on cars. It’s generally a 2×2 twill (which means two strands of tow go over 2, under 2. This makes for the zig-zag pattern we are all used to seeing. The biggest benefit of twill is its ability to conform to 3D compound curves.

2x2 Twill
Plain Weave


Lastly, is braided carbon fibre. You might have seen this on an old Top Gear clip. The process of making these parts are very complex and requires specialized machinery. This makes these parts quite expensive. Because of the types of weave, braided parts are strong in pretty much every direction: compression, tension, and torsional.

  • Where are these weaves used? That expense is worth it if you’re using these parts for the right applications. Sail boat masts, drive shafts and steering columns are a few examples.  The benefit is definitely the weight savings. In the case of a driveshaft, a carbon driveshaft will spin up fast, creating for better throttle responses. For carbon sail masts, there is less mass high up, which helps significantly lower the centre of gravity.

In the next article we will start to discuss resin systems and laminations!

JRR #1: Car Wash (Mother's vs Meguiar's)

Meguiar’s Gold Class vs Mother’s California Gold Car Wash – JRR #1

Well, today we launch with our first ever Just Right Review (#JustRightReviews) with two companies that are probably a staple in almost everyone’s garage. We’re talking about Meguiar’s and Mother’s. Both these companies have a long history in the automotive detailing industry and both have solid reputations. Today we are going to be looking at two car wash products; Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner and Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax. Let’s get started!

Full Disclosure: We bought both of these products with our own money from retailer Canadian Tire.


Meguiar’s Gold Class retails typically for $19.99 CAD. The bottle contains 1.89L (64oz) of soap. This means that you are getting 94.5mL/$.

Mother’s California Gold typically retails for $17.99 CAD. The bottle also contains 1.89L (64oz) of soap, which means that you get 105mL/$. This difference of 10mL may seem pretty small, but as you’ll see later, it doesn’t take too much soap from either of these soaps to clean your car.

Based on mL/$, and the lower price overall, we are giving the edge to Mother’s California Gold.


User Experience

Here we will be diving in to the user experience of each product. This is our opinion from our use.
Remember, User Experience is 3 sub-categories: Ease of Use, Experience, and Results.

Ease of Use

When we turned both bottles around the read the instructions, we were greeted by two different takes on how to convey information:

On the Meguiar’s bottle, the text is super small. There is no clear formatting for the instructions, and so we were forced to skim the entire bottle until you reach the lower quarter of the label. It’s only there where we finally came across the instructions, in both English and French, crammed together.

The Mother’s bottle takes a ‘cleaner’ approach to instructions. The steps are clearly laid out in numerical bullet points, spread apart nicely to keep readability to a maximum. At first we were surprised that there were no French instructions, until we noticed the inconspicuous arrow at the bottom right corner. A quick peel and we were happy to see a full French product description and instruction set, albeit without any colour on the label.

In both cases, the instructions told us to add 30mL (1 oz) of soap to 3.8L (1 Gallon) of water.

The Meguiar’s bottle also listed 3 more of its products within the instructions. This is also what caused some word density issues on their label. (As a side note, both front labels of the products seem to show cars from 2006; Mother’s the Ford GT and Meguiar’s the Mercedes CLS with a Pontiac grill. While the Ford GT is timeless, the “Pontiac CLS” is not and really dates the Meguiar’s Label. In addition, there is an extra space between words on the French description. Very disappointing from a company at this level).

Ease of Use goes to Mother’s.

Gold Class car wash instructions
The crammed label of the Meguiar's Gold Class
Mother's california gold french car wash instructions
Clever hidden French section of the Mother's bottle


We ended up putting only 1 capful of liquid (instead of the suggested 4!) in our buckets. Mother’s seemed to be much thinner (or less viscous) than Meguiar’s. Meguiar’s comes out much more like a gel. We thought this would play into how they would dissolve in the water, but upon filling our buckets, we were hard pressed to tell any difference. Both products gave an equal amount of foam on top of the surface of the water, and the suds were equally as dense.

For washing, we used a wash mitt; no foam spraying.

First up, we used Mother’s on the left side of our car. We noted that it took more than one pass to get an area completely free of dirt. However, when we had completed an area, and rinsed it off, the water sheeted off nicely.

Meguiar’s seemed to clean the light dirt off in fewer passes, but still required more than one pass. We noted that there were some bits of sap (or something sticky) that didn’t come up with simple wiping. We aren’t sure if the Mother’s would have cleaned this either, as it was only on one side.

In this case, the experience was pretty similar. We give it a tie here, with maybe a slight edge to Meguiar’s.


You’ll see a good example here where the Mother’s (right side of the photograph) cleaned the hood and had the water sheet right off. The Meguiar’s beaded the water, which left a significant portion on the car’s hood (in the middle we left some dirt on to show their cleaning differences). What this means is that it makes drying the car much easier and faster with the Mother’s soap since less water remains on the car.

Other than that, neither product gave a significantly better result. Considering that Mother’s car wash stated that has carnauba wax in it, we were hoping for more of a pop.

Again, both products produced similar results, but we will give the slight edge to Mother’s. This car wash sheeted the water off to allow for easier drying, which saves tons of time and microfibre towels!

Can you tell a difference?

The Awards


Both these products do what they say on the label; they are a car wash and are pretty good ones at that. The end result is that they both get your car clean. We recommend these products.

You can purchase either of them by clicking the links below (Amazon):



Bang For Your Buck

Although these products are super similar in price, volume, and results, we have to give this award to Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax. It simply comes in at a more economical price point, delivers similar, if not better results, and seems to be more of a ‘polished’ products.

To view a full list of our overall “Bang For Your Buck” category winners, and to see if this product is still reigning champion, check out our Leader Board!

Let us know your experience with either of these products. We love to hear feed back from you!

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Just Right! Introducing our Product Reviews


Introducing Just Right Reviews!

We founded the Goldilocks Automotive brand for one reason; we saw a product we wanted to use ourselves, but couldn’t find any good information or reviews about it. So we worked hard for 8 months to design, source, and manufacture our Goldilocks Automotive Elite Series Thermal Tape. We then put it through rigorous testing and demonstrated how to properly install it on your car. The reason we put so much effort into showing our products is because we care.

In saying this, we want to bring you more value by providing independent product reviews of various automotive products such as:

Detailing products: compounds, waxes, washes, mitts, micro-fibre towels, polishes.
Tools: socket sets, drills/drivers, lights, jacks, jack stands, electronics.
Accessories: Carbon fibre products, lights, sound systems, wheels.
And much more!
Continue reading “Just Right! Introducing our Product Reviews”

Bugatti Chiron blue carbon fibre

What the Carbon!? (Part 1 of our 5 part series)


Ahh, carbon fibre… Is there a day in the automotive world where you don’t hear about it? It used to be a highly-prized composite back in the late 70’s early 80’s. At that time, it was akin to having aerospace technology in your car. Now? You would be hard-pressed not to find it in your car, even if you drive a Prius!

We want to talk about carbon fibre, in a 5 part series, to help you better understand why it’s used, the different types, and ways for you to get involved and make some DIY carbon parts!

As you know we sell Carbon Fibre in our store. We often get emails about carbon fibre and what applications is can be used in. We hope this quick guide will help you better understand when it’s good to use carbon fibre, and maybe when it’s better to go with an alternative.

Continue reading “What the Carbon!? (Part 1 of our 5 part series)”

We Solved Our Melted Hoses with Elite Series!

Our test vehicle recently went in for service where we found that one of our coolant hoses had been subjected to extreme heat. This had bubbled the hose causing some coolant to leak out. Unfortunately for us, this was an AMG specific part and had to be ordered from Germany. It turns out that it was also on back-order, so it took 14 days to arrive. That means we lost a lot of valuable time with our test vehicle.

To stop this from happening in the future, we decided to wrap our new hose in Elite Series to ensure it would repel the excessive heat.

In this video, we talk about how to wrap complex parts (3D compound curves) and tight radii. It is important to remember that because of the fibreglass weave, the tape does not stretch. That means if you are not creating relief cuts you will run into lifting issues.

We hope this has been an informative video.

Check Out Our RARE Manor Formula 1 Parts!

Recently, in 2017, there was an auction of Manor F1 Team‘s entire asset collection. We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a few of their wheel nuts that were used in competition. In this video we dive into the engineering and the provenance of these wheel nuts.

It’s extremely rare an difficult to get current era Formula 1 parts. Visit our store to get your hands on a piece of automotive history, while supplies last.