These days its the look of carbon fibre that enters our day-to-day world. With vinyl wrap for cars in 'carbon look' and that awful 'carbon look' abs plastic.
In terms of durability and weight, i do feel it should be used more.
My road motorcycle is having full carbon bodywork made from a company in the UK called Zero-Limits.
The reason i chose to ditch my normal plastics, and would recommend this to anyone else, are two fold:
I was going to have the bike painted, gloass black with the standard suzuki vinyl over the top, but in white (i'm really after black with white detailing you see)
The cost to have this done would be around £800-£900. Great.
However, full CF body work, dressed all wet will cost around £900, £550 for the petrol tank. The vinyl around £80.
The benifits i will recieve from going to carbon vastly outweigh the negatives.
:: A drop in weight improves (in generel) everything performance wise and fuel economy wise.
:: The carbon is a beautiful look and will not need to be painted, only the vinyls will need to be applied.
:: To repair crash damage i would only need to replace a pannel as you would normall, but instead of visiting an expensive painter, i would just need to order a re-cut of the vinyl detailings.
:: Lacquer damage is going to be vastly easier to repair, carbon is carbon underneath that clearcoat, not paint then primer then plastic. So in essence a lot toucher wearing than the standard plastics used.
Outside of motorcycles and cars however, i see no real need for CF given how cheap injected moulded goods are.
What would be the pros of having carbon cutlery? Door handles? Window blinds (actually, may look quite cool!) etc etc.
So in the end my answer is two fold. I would like to see less use of cheap fake carbon crap that we have to put up with, and more good used of well made carbon for more reasons than just 'it looks good'