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  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by doorslammer68 on Monday, March 04, 2019 7:25 PM

What's the most authentic techniques used other than tape(Too afraid it won't adhere long) to create VINYL ROOFS for the 60's muscle cars/drag cars? Thanks again

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 8:08 AM

I haven't attempted a vinyl roof so I don't have a specific method to suggest to you. The tape method seems quite common, and like you I have worried that the adhesive will give up after a couple years, but some who have tried this method have work that is still good many years later.

Laying down seams of thin strip plastic then spraying with a flat black (or whatever colour) from a distance to create a textured surface is quite a popular method.

Apparently a product was made specifically for this purpose, possibly from Testors, though I have no personal experience or knowledge of this product.

The topic has been discussed many times on the forum. I suggest doing a forum search for 'vinyl roof' and you will get many hits. Among those you will find the best methods for creatign a vinyl roof. Good luck.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury


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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 11:13 AM


Laying down seams of thin strip plastic then spraying with a flat black (or whatever colour) from a distance to create a textured surface is quite a popular method.


This is the method that I use with good results.

I have contemplated using the tape method, but have abandoned it for the adhesion reason as well as the fact that I don't believe that it looks particularly realistic.





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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:53 PM

I use the masking tape method almost exclusively, but your adhesion fears are well founded. The moment the paint hits the tape it seep through to the adhesive side and destabilizes it. From there it's a slow process but eventually the tape will begin to lift. But not if you trowel out a thin layer of typical testors, styrene tube glue.

I put down a thin layer where I want the "vinyl" to go and lay my tape, burnishing the edges like BMF. The trick is keeping fingertips and thumbs out of the glue until the tape is in place. Once it's had a day for the glue seal to cure you can paint with just about anything. I had a photo of an Imperial I did but I can't find it.

Looking at the photos above this makes the paint method no less valid, those are beautiful! I say take some scrap or glue bomb bodies and test all the methods to see which one you're most comfortable with.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.


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