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Old 01-21-2018, 10:32 AM   #1
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Has anyone wrapped their glass targa top instead of painting? If so, could you post a pic. I'm thinking of doing a carbon fiber look wrap on my yellow C5.
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It has been done with a carbon fiber wrap. Do a search, you may be able to find it. It looked good in my opinion.
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Hey Jeff thanks. that's exactly what I'm looking for. That should look great on my yellow C5.
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Any idea what it looks like from the inside?
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Hey Jeff thanks. that's exactly what I'm looking for. That should look great on my yellow C5.
With these cars getting older, almost every topic you can think of has been posted/discussed/debated numerous times. Using the search will help you discover more than you thought, and possibly things you didn't want to know!!

Good Luck with your wrap!!
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I was interested in doing the same thing but was told by a reputable installer that gas bubbles may form due to heat/sunlight as the acrylic releases them in the heat. I dunno how true that is.

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I would caution wrapping the acrylic top as there have also been numerous posts of folks dealing with the wrap bubbling and failing. The acrylic apparently let's off gases that lead to failure with both paint and vinyl.
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I would caution wrapping the acrylic top as there have also been numerous posts of folks dealing with the wrap bubbling and failing. The acrylic apparently let's off gases that lead to failure with both paint and vinyl.
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My top wasn’t glass but I wrapped it myself and it actually wasn’t that bad. I used knifeless tape and that made it s breeze.



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The top is NOT acrylic, it is Lexan. Lexan outgases when it gets hot. It's how it combats expansion due to heat. If you do not wrap it in a perforated material, it WILL bubble up. Why not just refinish it? It refinishes just like all other body work. I have personally done 2 myself.
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I was interested in doing the same thing but was told by a reputable installer that gas bubbles may form due to heat/sunlight as the acrylic releases them in the heat. I dunno how true that is.
Thats correct.
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The top is NOT acrylic, it is Lexan. Lexan outgases when it gets hot. It's how it combats expansion due to heat. If you do not wrap it in a perforated material, it WILL bubble up. Why not just refinish it? It refinishes just like all other body work. I have personally done 2 myself.
Oh great, and here I thought I had a way of not having to find a solid targa top. I'm in South Carolina, and I have to find something before the summer, or else it'll be like sitting in a microwave.

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Dude, seriously, thissssss...if your targa top is toast.

If you are just looking to beat the heat, they make plenty of cheap solutions to battle the heat from a clear top as well Even just dropping a fiberglass top's headliner in place woul alleviate the heat issue quite nicely.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...targa-top.html

Thats my DIY top refinishing thread

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It sounds like the end goal is to block the sun and keep the cabin cool, this might be an easier and non permanent solution for you.

https://www.rpidesigns.com/shop/item.aspx/c5-corvette-roof-liner-headliner-sunshade-blackout-panel/
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It sounds like the end goal is to block the sun and keep the cabin cool, this might be an easier and non permanent solution for you.

https://www.rpidesigns.com/shop/item...lackout-panel/
I've seen those, but also read where they don't hold up to the summer sun. A guy in Fl. said the plastic melted. It would probably do the same thing here in SC.
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I took my targa and inverted it on an empty trash can (plastic can). I scribed multiple sheets of paper to the inside perimeter of the trim, taping the sheets together to form a fitted pattern. Transferred the pattern to a WalMart sunshield -- one with a reflective outer surface and white inner surface. Cut the sunshade to the pattern, and mounted it to the plastic with some foam mounting tape. The white inner surface looks fine, the reflective surface doesn't show through the plastic, and my life in central florida is much much better for $10...
I may do it again, modifying the pattern to leave just a touch of material to tuck under the trim along the edge.

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I took my targa and inverted it on an empty trash can (plastic can). I scribed multiple sheets of paper to the inside perimeter of the trim, taping the sheets together to form a fitted pattern. Transferred the pattern to a WalMart sunshield -- one with a reflective outer surface and white inner surface. Cut the sunshade to the pattern, and mounted it to the plastic with some foam mounting tape. The white inner surface looks fine, the reflective surface doesn't show through the plastic, and my life in central florida is much much better for $10...
I may do it again, modifying the pattern to leave just a touch of material to tuck under the trim along the edge.
Interesting idea. Sounds like that would solve the sun problem. The foam mounting tape holds up to the heat?
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Mine came with this one and I’ve only removed it once. It does not react to heat in any way. Keeps the cabin warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Nothing flimsy about it either.
http://www.mamotorworks.com/Corvette...panel-606362-1
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I have mine wrapped, only been on for a summer and has not bubbled. Some of the higher end wraps are supposed to be able to remove the bubbles by themselves so maybe this helps.
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