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Unread 01-19-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Vinyl top removal

I am in the process of restoring my 1967 mustang and i didnt know if there was any easy way of removing it so i can sand it down and paint it. can it just be peeled up by hand? or with some form of solvent or with a scraper or how is the best way? also how long should it take to remove? also do i need to remove the chrome and do i need to primer it again to keep it from rusting?
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I removed the vinyl top off of one of my previous vehicles. You will have to make a slice in the vinyl to get started, most likely you will have to remove all trim pieces around it or you can use a very sharp razerblade to cut the edges. There will be glue on the roof and will need to be scraped off. I had to bring mine to bare metal, so it needed to be primed. The other thing that i found and hope you don't was the roof was damaged at the factory and bondo was used to make the surface have shape but not a good job which is probable why the vinyl roof was installed in the first place. Good luck!!
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would you recommend just replacing the vinyl top or is it ok to switch to a hard top? and how do you scrape the glue off? any special tool or paint thinner?
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Let's see what the other Classic owners might have done.
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A few months ago, I helped my friend at the body shop re-do a 68 coupe with a vinyl top. The top was original and pretty much shot. Just grab an end and start pulling. As Conejo172 said, there were a few areas we had to use a box cutter on to get it started. The trim has to come off. Once all the vinyl is gone, you're left with a bunch of dried glue. A "DA" sander and some 80 grit discs should take care of it. We took it down to bare metal. Shoot a coat of epoxy to preserve your work. Then you can make your mind up if you want to re-do the vinyl top or paint it. If you're going to paint it, you have to fill the trim holes.

The customer decided to add a new vinyl top. The shop that was doing the work requested that the top be painted. Not sure why but we shot a coat on anyway. That's my experience. Hope this helps.
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I permanently removed the vinyl top off my '68 coupe last year prior to bringing it to a body shop for paint.
I removed all stainless steel window trim, 1/4 panel sill trim, and the window channel trim pieces before picking up a corner and going to town on the vinyl top. I used razor blades to help cut the vinyl in sections and then used the razors to scrape away the dried glue. Removing the vinyl top was easy..scraping away the glue from the roof was the worst part of the project.
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