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1 Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:04 pm

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i see people use all different methods to make replica vinyl tops

i prefer the tried and true masking tape

i start by glueing 2 pieces of .005 styrene strip to the roof, these will turn into the seams of the top.

then i get the tape out


starting with the center section, taking my time to burnish everything down and get rid of all air bubbles


using a sharp #11 blade i trim the tape at the front window molding and on each side of the rails


i then do the same thing with the two side sections


both sides done and trimmed


2 coats of flat black , brushed on


time to do some trim work with the bare metal foil


foil goes on the same way as the tape..burnish and trim with a sharp blade






all foiled and ready for the clear coat, clear coat will act as both a sealer for the top so the edges dont lift and a glass enhancer for the finish of the vehicle. since i started with flat paint on the top and gloss on the body, it will improve the gloss on the car and give me a semi gloss look on the top.


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2 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:17 pm

Very nice.

I have seen blue tape loose its stickiness in the past, after a lot of time, have you run into this? Do you have a fix?

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3 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:29 pm

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That's why I clear coat over it bud. Keeps the edges from lifting over time

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4 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:42 pm

Ok, I see. Makes sense.

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5 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:24 pm

I did the same thing when I did my vinyl top Wayne, but I used one piece of 4 inch wide Blue tape. I also polished the roof (Before putting the tape on) as if it was painted, a nice smooth surface should mean the tape stays stuck down, we'll see if I'm right or wrong in a few more years I guess!



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6 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:20 am

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looks great

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7 Re: Vinyl Tops My Way - Kitbash on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:03 pm

It's about two years old now, and still no lifting, So far, so good I guess!

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