Tip & How-To about Ford LTD


Are you restoring a cars vinyl top? It is VERY costly to have one replaced, upwards of $1500. Here's how to do it for a song! Remove the old vinyl top by scraping and cutting. Remove the window trim if necessary. Prepare the surface of the cars top by sanding as if you were going to paint it. You don't need to primer paint it. Go to your local parts store and by a spray on truck bed liner kit. Some can be bought for as little as $99. Mask and protect all areas of the car you don't want to be covered with liner. Apply the liner to the top just as per directions on the kit, as if you were applying it to a truck bed. Allow to dry thoroughly. The result is a beautiful 'Vinyl' looking top that is almost bullet proof and will last ten times longer than vinyl. Cost; about $150 and an afternoon. I used this method on a 1978 Ford LTD II I restored. It took 2nd place in a car show! I listed this under Ford cars, but it works on all cars! Good luck! You're gonna' LOVE the results!-- 8-)
This Tip offered by Bruce Beaven 5-30-2010

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