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Landau Top Removal

Post by lars on Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:35 pm

Hello, been a while.

My top has been consistently worse, so I've decided to remove it. I had considered getting it replaced, but it's too expensive for my taste.

My current goal is to remove the top, remove the adhesive covering the metal, sand it down, prime it, and paint it black

Hopefully I'm going to be able to leave the vinyl top molding where it is, as it seems like removing it would be very difficult.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6x3a7ljc6wxbsv5/2015-08-18%2015.18.00.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gub2dhctdnnn6pv/2015-08-18%2015.18.08.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bfhvucg8mvodo3/2015-08-18%2015.18.19.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h3bzup0lzoe3jvi/2015-08-18%2015.20.24.jpg?dl=0

^ I'm pretty that's where the water is entering my trunk!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/00ktjk3s9ezsav8/2015-08-18%2015.24.30.jpg?dl=0

Anyone have any hints/tips on getting rid of the extra that's left over? (see the last picture)

I'm going to try goo-gone to see if that removes the sticky stuff all over.

Any feedback will be helpful, as I feel like I might be doing something wrong...
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Re: Landau Top Removal

Post by chevellelaguna on Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:54 pm

Regular paint thinner, buy a gallon can it'll take the glue right off... Enough that you can sand it with 80, 180, then prime.
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Re: Landau Top Removal

Post by dynchel on Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:29 pm

Be carefull of the seam on the piler near the top of the glass, it is very likely lead. You don't want to touch it or breathe its dust.
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Re: Landau Top Removal

Post by pila on Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:54 pm

Best thing I did to my Malibu was to get rid of the vinyl top.  Replaced it once, then for restoration I ripped it off, along with all it's moldings.  It was rusty under the vinyl both times I removed it.


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