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Old 10-21-2004, 11:25 AM
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Question vinyl top question

I have a vinyl top on my 79 malibu (pictured by my name).

Being 25 years old, it's a little worn, although not too bad. There are a couple of cracks around 1-2 inches in length, but only a few mm in width. So they're not glaringly obvious, but they're there, nonetheless.

What I was wondering is what the best strategy is to try and maintain/repair the top. Ideally, I'd remove the top, although I've got a friend who did that on his 80 malibu and that process made for a good horror story.

Are there any repairs that can be done that don't look cheesy or low quality? (like those cheap vinyl repair kits where you have to mix your own color... bleh)

Another question, is it possible to paint the vinyl top? I had heard this was possible, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. It's possible to paint anything, I suppose, but whether it looks good or not is a different story.

So, what are some of your successes/failures in dealing with repairing/painting/maintaining an old vinyl top.


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Old 10-21-2004, 11:30 AM
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Not much you can do with it now, other than trying to maintain it's present condition. A good vinyl treatment (Armour All, etc) is the way to keep it soft and may be too late.

I have never seen one painted sucessfully.............but, there may be some new products out there.
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Old 10-21-2004, 02:22 PM
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Once it cracks there's not much that can be done that I know of, but as far as painting it goes I use SEM color coat and it works great I painted a brown vinyl roof dark blue (15293 Tahoe Blue Metallic) a couple years ago and have had no problems with it fading or chipping off. Just make sure the surface is really clean and it shouldnt be a problem.
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Any repair of the split is going to end up cheesy looking.

However one of the easiest thing to do is dye it. Any auto paint store will have the proper color and all you do is clean the top good with soap and water than wax and grease remover and spray one or two coats.
This stuff is so easy to use you can soak a rag and apply it that way if you want and you will never know it.
One quart will do the top.
On my restored cars that I do drive I touch up the interior a lot of times with a rag so I don't have to tape and you will never know it, the stuff is child proof! (can't be screwed up)

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