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Refinishing Targa Top

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  1. jlonmark

    jlonmark F1 Rookie

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    So I thought it would be a great idea to get rid of my 328 gtb and get a gts because I live in SoCal and why not drive with the top off and think that I'm Magnum PI. So, I have the roof off and hidden in my garage because I can't stand the look of the worn black fiberglass or composite material that it's made of. Is there any way to restore the top to it's semi gloss finish? Paint it and use a lot of hardener? Any compounds to make it black again? Thanks!
     
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  3. thorn

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  4. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Painting causes a significant, if not total loss of the texture. Sanding and prepping causes a loss of the texture and then the paint fills in whats left. I don't know how you'd replicate it but then I don't know how hard anyone has tried. If it is just chaulky but in otherwise good shape there are a lot of products for that, one was already shown. But as was explained their effects are temporary.
     
  5. jlonmark

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    Well, found a place that specializes in Corvettes.... Gonna see what they have to say
     
  6. s219

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    Is it fiberglass with a gelcoat outer layer? If so, you might want to approach this like chalky/hazed/faded gelcoat on a boat and hit it with a light compound then wax. The texture on my 328 top doesn't seem particularly deep so I think this would work. But try a small spot first.

    I doubt a Corvette place will know what to do -- Corvettes have regular paint over their bodywork.
     
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  8. s219

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    Also, there are many other boat products that restore gelcoat, not just the traditional polishing approach. Boat people love to spend money on stuff like that. Maybe you'll find a suitable product at West Marine or a similar retailer.
     
  9. Saabguy

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    Clean it well then use a rattle can (If you are good with rattle cans). Do NOT sand it.

    YMMV

    Lester
     
  10. jha328

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    I've used Meguiar's GOLD CLASS TRIM DETAILER (restore and maintain original richness to dark plastic and rubber) for many years and been quite satisfied. Gives a glossy finish. Might be worth trying first!
     
  11. Ray F

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    I just had mine covered in black vinyl.
     
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  13. ginoBBi512

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    I bought an extra targa top, old new stock, and then I had my original painted the color of my 328, and it looks fantastic, much better than the black.

    My car looks like a B now , not exactly, but a vast improvement , and now I have one of each, painted and stock .

    Thank you
     
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  14. Mule

    Mule F1 Rookie
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    You would be surprised how well it will look after a good cleaning with a soft brush and Simple Green. I used to put all that stuff on it like Back to Black, but now I just clean it and it looks fine. Besides, all those products run down the windows when it rains or you wash the car.
     
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  15. jlonmark

    jlonmark F1 Rookie

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    Just had the whole car detailed…. Wash, clay, cut, buff, the works and the same for the targa top. It looks like brand new! Impressed to say the least. It’s Amazing what a good detail crew can do!


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