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Vinyl Tops re:Marcus Cruz article

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    March 2016
Posted by davethewalker on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:08 PM

I am building a replica of my friend's families '65 Chev Impala in Evening Orchid just like the box top. His father remembers that the vinyl top was done by the dealer in a similar fashion to Marcos's article by using textured paint. My question is: Would the dealer have added strips like we modelers or not and just left the roof smooth? The old family pictures don't show the roof from an angle to tell.

Thanks for any assistance


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    February 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 8:09 PM

I had a '66 Caprice with the spray on top. It did have the seams. But, they weren't as visible as a factory vinyl top. To me, it looked like they just lapped the paint. 

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    June 2017
Posted by Robby DeGraff on Monday, September 10, 2018 9:57 AM

Gentlemen, could I use this quote/conversation in our upcoming issue's Shop Talk?

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    March 2016
Posted by davethewalker on Monday, September 10, 2018 10:45 AM

Fine with me but the important one is Plowboy as he had the response. LOL

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    November 2018
Posted by Uncle Ed on Thursday, November 29, 2018 2:11 PM

Back in the late '60s there was a product for spray-on vinyl tops on full size cars. I was a student at Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Mi. in the auto body program. The instructor brought in a rolled and totaled Datsun wagon for us few summer term students to bring back from the dead. We could do whatever color we wanted. We chose the Corvette red at the time. The roof had it's damage popped back out to almost stock dimensions. Of course, Bondo was used. We sprayed on a black vinyl top! First a heavy black tape was used for the seam(s). It could be left off too. Then a heavy dull black base coat, followed by the texture coat. The gun's nozzle could be adjusted for a fine textured finish or a larger textured finish. We did a bit of both and it came out great! Got to do a few more tops that summer term too. A vinyl-topped Datsun wagon really got the second looks!

  So yes, there was such an animal back then, I sprayed one! Also sprayed lead too, but that's another class.....


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