The carbon fiber we use is called "prepreg." This means that the carbon fiber cloth is "pre-impregnated" with the proper amount of resin, ensuring the optimal volume fraction.
The first thing to address once you've designed your part, is making a mould for it. For prepreg parts the mould has to be sturdy enough to be put under strong vacuum and not deform. For smaller parts (like my skid plate) with simple contours sheet metal is a good option.
After bending it, I sanded it down to eliminate any surface blemishes and filled in any deep gouges with bondo to ensure the surface was as smooth and flat as possible to make removing the part from the tool easier.