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under the vinyl top

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I took off my vinyl top yesterday and as you probably guessed, rust, and lots of it. There are a few holes in the top as well. What do I need to do to get all of the rust off and prevent it from rusting further? My plan is to have a body guy weld some patches over the holes, I'm just trying to save some $. I am not going to put vinyl back on when I'm done.

66 coupe
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Hello -

Your bodyman will still need to get the patched areas pretty smooth because the vinyl top is not that thick and will show sloppy work. For my car, I had the bodyman prime and paint the top area just like the rest of the body -- something they *didn't* do at the factory! That should make a big difference on longevity.

Cecil Bozarth

1966 GT Coupe (Tahoe Turquoise with black pony interior)

1994 GT Convertible
I have stripped two vinyl tops, one 67 and one 68. Both had light primer underneath. One had rust pitting but no holes. Get a good weld job. Sorry to hear about it.

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