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Old 10-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
 
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Question Laminating the car

Years ago I recall people were laminating the front end of their cars to prevent stone chips, so I was wondering this: Can this be done to the roof of a car? The reason I ask is because my roof has some stone chips that are slowly turning into rust and my roof really needs to be repainted.

I wanted to laminate the roof just to slow the rusting down. I know it will look horrible when removed, but when it's removed that's when I will actually repaint the roof. $$$ are the issue.

Does anyone know if this is possible or does laminating only happen for parts that can be removed? Like bumper covers and hoods?

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Plastidip is a good removable solution while offering some protection
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I have no idea what that is. I will look it up. I was quoted $600 to repaint the roof. Lowest bidder get's my $$$.
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you're talking the 3m clear protection style stuff right?

if so then yes that is possible.



and if you are going to pay the money- get it done right.
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I have no idea what that is. I will look it up. I was quoted $600 to repaint the roof. Lowest bidder get's my $$$.
You could plastidip for less then 20 bucks
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dude. you aren't going to rattle can plastidip the roof of a fucking marauder tinfoil. stop it.
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dude. you aren't going to rattle can plastidip the roof of a fucking marauder tinfoil. stop it.
Its a cheap way to keep it from being exposed to weather, doesn't hurt the paint and is completely removable.

Sounds like a easy temp solution to protect it til its painted

Plus way cheaper them 3m material.

Also I'm not doing anything to a marauder
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Putting the 3m stuff may make it worse. It will trap the moisture in there that has caused the rust.
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dude. you aren't going to rattle can plastidip the roof of a fucking marauder tinfoil. stop it.
I said I had no idea what it was. Now that I know, I will not do that. Just looking for a few thoughts on short term protection from the winter.

I still haven't gotten an answer if this would actually work, because I don't know how laminating is done to a car. I have looked it up and no one has done it to a roof, that I could find out about.
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Putting the 3m stuff may make it worse. It will trap the moisture in there that has caused the rust.
Sounds like laminating would do this too. Correct?
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I was yelling at tinfoil not you
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Clear bra is expensive... Why not just have it repainted if it's only $600? I did a quick google search but it looks like the bra is $300 - $400 for your typical front end and it's going to look stupid on your roof. Spend the extra coin and have it repainted. If you're really worried about rust and don't care how it looks temporarily then just drop some POR15 on the rusty areas and leave it there until it's time to paint. It's going to look ugly as sin but it will accomplish what you're trying to do.
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I was yelling at tinfoil not you
It's a cheap temporary solution that offers the best protection at the lowest price. If your that worried you can add more coats. Its not like paint, more layers = more protection with plastidip.

Then when you want to paint the car, it Peels right off. It comes in tons of colors and can even be paint color matched now. Have some fun with it til you have the money to repaint it the right way.


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Thanks for the info guys. No worries K J. Tinfoilhat did have a solution though. I will give him credit for that.
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Sounds like laminating would do this too. Correct?
That's what I was referring to.
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That's what I was referring to.
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Hey Dom. Mike k has a good answer. Por 15. I've used it on the bottom edge of my trucks doors and all is good. But I also removed as much rust as I could too.

Plus that Por 15 is a gloss black if I recall.

It's cheap and you can just cover up the spots that need to be covered.
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You can buy clear auto grade vinyl fairly cheap; like $30-50 for an entire roof. I don't think it would work well for rust protection though.
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I "clear bra" all my personal Daily Drivers. I just did my wife's new van. Covering 3/4s of the hood, the front ad rear bumpers, parts of the fenders and the door edges cost me $650 installed.
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Scrape the rust sport out with a razor blade and try not to make the chip any bigger then you have to. Then just touch it up with paint. Be gentle and do multiple layers of tough up paint while trying not to slobber it all over the roof. As long as you scrape the rust out and seal the exposed bare metal you will prevent and more rust.
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Anyone here ever DIY the 3M clearbra or similar? I REALLY want to do mine, expecially because my front end is so flat and verticle, but I have no interest in dropping $650...
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Consider using spray on undercoating or bedliner. Easy to apply and would blend in with the look your going after.
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