She’s looking like a Super Bee again!!
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- Jul 18, 2016
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- Temecula, CA
Possibly The difference here is that you can’t set the vinyl down on top of the roof skin and moving around. Once it’s down it’s down. It’s a process of getting it down as good as you can and then going back and working on flattening everything out. Of course you don’t want creases or big wrinkles but there are small bubbles that pop up and you just push back downNice! Thinking would a vinyl decal applicator "squeegy" not be a good tool for slowly smoothing the top into place?
That may work. I think it would need to be a pretty long and somewhat flexible squeegee to make the ark of the roof. What I found when I was trying to push from behind was that because the vinyl is so thick enlarge it didn’t really follow itself. One side would move one side would stay and get kinked. Working it from the front side I was able to evenly pull the top down. Basically working it from the front instead of the backI know contact cement is a one shot deal. I was thinking as you are putting it into place. Top rolled back coated in glue and then you slowly smooth it into place with a large plastics squeegy. Hopefully I never have to know, but I do have my eye on another Dart! LOL
I had the top laid out on the car for the last month or so. When I first opened it up there were a lot of folds from being boxed up. Every now and then I rolled it into the sun to help it flatten out. When I actually glued it down last night pretty much all of the fold marks were gone. I was able to get most of the small bumps and stuff out of it when putting it on last night. The one thing I did realize is that the amount of glue you use makes a difference. Somewhere I read or heard if you think you have enough glue down put more down. I found that when there was too much glue it had a hard time sticking down even after letting it tack up. I did a couple light even coats for the rest of it and it went down and stuck down better.Nice job, I think it looks good. Were all of the folds out of the top before you started? Or were there still any left that came out as you smoothed it on the roof? Just curious so I know when I go to do mine.
Possibly. For me I like to use my hands so I can feel the material and feel how it is laying down. I found it easiest to just continually go front to back slowly pulling the top. I did the passenger side first which is where I was trying the other technique. That side is down but the driver side using the pulling forward technique is perfect.Nice job. What about a roller like you use on the insulation matt. To help in smoothing it out. Bet you have many ideas after you got it on. Good job.