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sunroof panel damage repair or replace? by Spalding1028
Started on: 04-25-2015 09:32 PM
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I might be going to pick up an 87 gt depending on what my cost as far as taking care of some damage around the sunroof/door/windshield on the roof would be. Below are two pictures I got from the owner (have not seen the car in person yet)


Would I be better off trying to repair it or replacing it?
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It can be repaired, but either way it's going to be a big job. You need to remove the sunroof, get all the clear coat off, and sand the color coat. That damage is caused by water getting into the SMC plastic, so you have to make sure everything is very dry.......fill the low spots with the proper filler, and prime and re-paint so there are no nicks or cuts where water can get back in. You have similar damage at the windshield too....so you need to remove the molding and cover that area carefully. It looks like this car has seen a lot of weather.
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It's in central Mich... >.< which would explain the weather it's seen. I'm considering taking it to a shop to get it quoted out if I have it repaired

 
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It can be repaired, but either way it's going to be a big job. You need to remove the sunroof, get all the clear coat off, and sand the color coat. That damage is caused by water getting into the SMC plastic, so you have to make sure everything is very dry.......fill the low spots with the proper filler, and prime and re-paint so there are no nicks or cuts where water can get back in. You have similar damage at the windshield too....so you need to remove the molding and cover that area carefully. It looks like this car has seen a lot of weather.


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watch out for rust. Search threads here on PFF to find out how.
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Originally posted by Spalding1028:

It's in central Mich... >.< which would explain the weather it's seen. I'm considering taking it to a shop to get it quoted out if I have it repaired



Get the quote but make sure you are sitting and have a paper bag handy when they give it to you, painting a car especially these cars is a lot of labor and prepare to pay for that labor and the cost of that paint, red ain't cheap.

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Report this Post04-25-2015 10:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Spalding1028Click Here to Email Spalding1028Send a Private Message to Spalding1028Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I was thinking of getting it sprayed blue. I know to watch the trunk, battery tray, and subframe. It'll be replacing my 87gt
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Report this Post04-25-2015 11:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Spalding1028Click Here to Email Spalding1028Send a Private Message to Spalding1028Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm curious if it would be cheaper/less of a hassle to replace the roof panel... Or if someone near Toledo has experience, I have the garage to work on it, some cash, and a case of beer :P

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You might consider removing the sunroof and gasket to look at the structure below it as a starting point.

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Well I went and actually looked at the car (and bought it... couldn't argue with the price). I snapped a couple better quality shots of the roof and I'll post em below. There's not much "gouging" but the SMC is starting to flake off. Should I try to save it? or is that considered an extensive amount of repairs and I'd be better off hunting down a new panel?
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a bit of A pillar damage
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futher down the A pillar

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Report this Post05-01-2015 09:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I would replace it if I could. Do you have a good panel available? If you decide to repair this one, you will be very good at SMC body repair by the time you are finished....

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Report this Post05-01-2015 10:47 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Spalding1028Click Here to Email Spalding1028Send a Private Message to Spalding1028Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm still waiting to hear back from someone with a parts car. Hopefully I'll find someone by the time I get that car down here and 3800sc swapped
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