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Suggestions on how to unwrinkle new wrinkled vinyl top before gluing?


Hey there, does anyone have any tips and tricks on how to unwrinkle new wrinkled vinyl top before gluing on a hardtop?

Mine came in a box, to it has seams and wrinkles, i tried to warm it up with a hair dryer - it makes it soft for a bit, but wrinkles do not go away:(



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If it were summer, you could lay it over the roof with the car in the sun for a few days. I wonder if it would react better with a heat gun, concentrating not on the wrinkle, but the material surrounding it.

I repaired a dent in a dashboard doing this and it really worked.

 

Start with a small wrinkle, work in a line to each side (not on it) with a heat gun, being careful not to melt it. Stop and let it cool and it should start to pull down as the adjacent material shrinks.






-- Edited by cdnpont on Wednesday 31st of January 2024 02:58:39 PM

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i need to sell the car before arpil:( I can rent a gas heater for the garage maybe...

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How big is your ironing board?

I thought with vinyl tops you spread adhesive on the roof and let it set up tacky, then from the middle of the roof start making contact between the vinyl & the roof, pulling and keeping tension on it. When the top touches the adhesive it is no longer movable so it takes some skill and planning. Given that you have to pull the vinyl taught before making glue contact means that the wrinkles should disappear with the pulling tension. If it were me I would want more reassurances, so I would lay the top material out flat on a hot sunny day. If you can't find a hot sunny spot, look to see where your cat is laying (they are the best at finding these places LOL)

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Unfold over some saw horses or body stands and place a space heater underneath. Get 2 people to pull (tug a war) once in a while to help stretch it out. May take a bit...but ya those lines r a bugger!

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Gave up and rented a couple of heaters, put them on the trunk and the hood, warmed up working area and glued. 

If the car will be driven fast enough no one will notice:))

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-- Edited by Neilvermilion on Monday 5th of February 2024 01:38:58 PM

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Looks good enough to me!

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I hope you squeegeed the daylights out of it for full contact. I saw one last summer where the whole area under the window was floating.
A vinyl roof cover has a grain. It looks excellent from here. You nailed the seams spot-on. What you need is a hot summer day. Windows down, cruising.

A tip learned from an old lady with a '67 Chevelle is to use Baby Oil on your vinyl top & rub it in, then remove excess. Repeat monthly, or whenever you wash the car. It repels moisture while keeping the vinyl pliable, and any pin holes that might develop through deterioration that lead to bubbles & rust are generally thwarted or shielded. Yes, it is messy to do but you'll get the hang of it, and the top will always look great.

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Clothing steamer

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I'm moving before the summer and have to sell this one prior to the move.
Too late for a steamer, unless to steam when it's already glued on the car.
Now I need to glue the windows back and the car is ready from the outside. Well...except the brakes:))


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