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Painted roof, or Vinyl covering over roof?

Discussion in 'FJ Cruisers' started by MadeInMaine, Feb 23, 2012.

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Vinyl or Paint on roof

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
  1. Vinyl

    13 vote(s)
    54.2%
  2. Paint

    9 vote(s)
    37.5%
  3. other... explain...

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    Hey guys,

    so I will be purchasing a FJ soon, and let me tell you... the white roof is junk...

    just wanted to see what your thoughts were on either painting the roof to color match or black, or getting the entire roof vinyl wrapped.

    I am in New England, and it would have to withstand the winters of snow and ice.


    Im also not sure on prices, I was just curious about quality and look.

    Thoughts?

    Vinyl roof wrap or Professional paint
     
  2. TurboGT

    TurboGT Hmmmm

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  3. 707tothe907

    707tothe907 Superior Member

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    Paint since you want it permanent.
     
  4. jtav2002

    jtav2002 Kenny Fuckin Powers

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    I would try vinyl. Not sure how expensive it is but you could always have it painted in tge future if you really like it.
     
  5. Rich91710

    Rich91710 Well-Known Member

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    Paint or bedliner.

    Vinyl tops looked great in the late 60s and 70s on luxury cars.
    Those same cars looked like hell 10 years later when the roofs started rusting through, blistering the vinyl, and the rear windows started leaking rain and shedding their chrome trim.

    Vinyl is a great material for the exterior of a show car/trailer queen. There's a reason it's not used from the factory anymore.
     
  6. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    sounds like vinyl would be a good short term thing...

    but long term paint or bed liner.... depending on what look I would like.

    Cheers everyone
     
  7. JTyfz450

    JTyfz450 Well-Known Member

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    I would go vinyl. Never know if you're going to change your mind one day or possibly sell/trade in your truck. There is a time frame in which you can cleanly remove the vinyl without damaging the trucks finish. I believe it is 4 years.
     
  8. Boerseun

    Boerseun Well-Known Member

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    I think there is a huge difference between the vinyl of the 60s and the vinyl that is referred to in this thread.

    I would leave it white. Black will be hot inside, especially if it is bedliner as suggested by some. I have seen an experiment where they checked the inside temperature of different color cars, all the same models, and there were several degrees difference between white and black.
     
  9. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    yeh... i would agree with that...

    white would deflect much more sunlight than black.

    But DAMN, that white roof is nasty!!!
     
  10. ALawrence

    ALawrence Well-Known Member

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    so when you say vinyl top do you mean like this?


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  11. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    indeed sir

    indeed
     
  12. ALawrence

    ALawrence Well-Known Member

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    well i was thinking of a vinyl roof... and the only thing i could think of was the old buick regals with the vinyl tops... and i went on craigslist and thats the only regal with a vinyle top i could find... i could see it it maybe working in an FJ.... id be different

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  13. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    I'm good.... thanks though...
     
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    mcdowell My name is Mudd

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    When you say vinyl im old enough to think of the old kind. Asheet to cover would be a good choice. If you dont like it peel it off.
     
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    you can do it in vinyl

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  16. tacoman15

    tacoman15 Stop staring at me swan!

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    Quack what did you use for the door handles and mirrors?
     
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    quacktoduck Member

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    not my car just a local company ive used. on my rig i painted the door handles mirrors and grill with rustoleum textured black.


    [​IMG]

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    better pics of the grill

    [​IMG]
     
  19. MadeInMaine

    MadeInMaine [OP] MadeInMaine

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    paint if you can afford it. vinyl is you plan to change the look every other year.
     
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