: Scrap Vinyl Paint roof ?



MulishaPunk
05-10-05, 07:24 PM
Hey i am getting my car painted black my vinyl has cracks and tears on top and seems to retain water causing rust. Would the 76 deville look good with no top just painted as well? Im not really sure of what to do because i dont really have enough to replace the top now. If anyone has removed the vinyl and painted roof please reply! thanks

Monsterpuff
05-10-05, 09:56 PM
i did it to my monte carlo you can do it in your caddy too

fltwd93
05-11-05, 10:24 AM
About 2 months ago my top on my 93 FWB got hailed on and it put approx. 200 holes in it. I stripped the top and padding off. I was in the process of complete bodywork already and just filled in the holes from the top and now the car looks like it never had the top at all. I think the top takes away from the shine of the veh.

caddycruiser
05-11-05, 12:32 PM
About 2 months ago my top on my 93 FWB got hailed on and it put approx. 200 holes in it. I stripped the top and padding off. I was in the process of complete bodywork already and just filled in the holes from the top and now the car looks like it never had the top at all. I think the top takes away from the shine of the veh.

Finally, someone who's done what I've wanted to do for a while! I have a '93 too--what, exactly, did you find underneath the vinyl when you pulled it off? Glue, padding, rough bodywork? Very curious to see your response!

I fully agree on it looking better without--more shine is always a great thing!

fltwd93
05-11-05, 01:04 PM
After I stripped off the top there was a thick layer of styrofoam padding. I scrapped that off with a paint scraper and that left a very thin layer of adhesive. Me and my girlfriend rubbed the adhesive off with a fingers. That took about 5-6 hours. Underneath the paint look brand new.

caddycruiser
05-11-05, 01:19 PM
After I stripped off the top there was a thick layer of styrofoam padding. I scrapped that off with a paint scraper and that left a very thin layer of adhesive. Me and my girlfriend rubbed the adhesive off with a fingers. That took about 5-6 hours. Underneath the paint look brand new.

What's it like, as far as the weatherstripping goes, after you pull the vinyl out from under them? Like where it's tucked into the windshield trim, etc.?

So it didn't need like holes filled or paintwork underneath? Wow.

fltwd93
05-11-05, 01:25 PM
You're going to have to remove some of the weatherstripping. First you unscrew the stripping that goes down between the door and the body. Then the stripping that is between the windshield and roof can slide out either way. The back of top has a piece of molding going around the back window and once you remove the top there will be a bunch of holes that will need to be filled in. GM does not sell a piece of weatherstripping for the back window so you will have to find a shop around you to take care of it.

caddycruiser
05-11-05, 01:38 PM
Very interesting and informative! Now I know exactly what to expect if I ever get the urge to rip the stupid thing off this car or another one I'm planning on buying in a couple of years :thumbsup:

On another note, because of a slight water leak we were dealing with for a while, that caused the area around the overhead console to be soaked every time it rained, my father tried to get the top strip across the windshield off and couldn't do it for some reason (at least that's what he told me over the phone). So, you're saying it actually just slides out to the side?

fltwd93
05-11-05, 01:40 PM
If the sealant still has a good grip you can king of pop it out. It may distort it a little but you can get another one from the dealership or window specialist.

Bishop
05-17-05, 08:04 PM
i would like to see pictures of a vinyl-less caddy brougham!