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Has anyone had their hardtop wrapped?
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  This topic is about my 1975 MG MGB
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markrush Silver Member Mark R.
Vallecito, CA, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB "MGB Roadster"
I recently asked for and got good advice on finding a paint shop to paint my factory hardtop. I just saw an ad for a place that does wraps. I know it is a different product altogether, but their ad says $155 for a standard roof. That is a fraction of the cost of a paint job, obviously. It's also not a fortune to risk if I don't like it.
Has anyone wrapped a hardtop? What is your experience? Would you do it again?

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Steven 67GT Steven Rechter
Imperial Beach, CA, USA   USA
I would put a Union Jack on the roof. Similar to this decal on a Mini:

http://martincull.create.net/ourshop/prod_1244865-Union-Jack-Roof-Kits.html



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ClayJ Silver Member Clay Johnston
Mt. Olive, MS, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB
How long do the wraps usually last when exposed to the sun?

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Rick Fawthrop Gold Member Richard Fawthrop
Seattle, WA, USA   USA
It seems like a good idea to me.
I can’t imagine anyone painting your top for less than $400.

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Cmpozr Ray Weidner
Forest, VA, USA   USA
Mark,

My son used to design and wrap vehicles of all sorts (mostly commercial), and some pretty nifty designs can be had. I would guess that, at $155, you'll not be getting anything too fancy (like a Union Jack--unless they have it as a standard design). Anyway, a wrap can be done better if it's all apart, and as you said, if you don't like it after a while, you can always have it painted. I have always been dubious of the longevity of wraps, but they seem to hold up better than I expected. If it can be done in one piece, you'll have a better result--it's the overlapping seams that would bother me. At least it would give you time to decide which way to go permanently. Also, be aware that there are different grades of vinyl--you may not be getting the best material at that price.

I covered my TR-6 top with one, seamless piece of Everflex vinyl, and it came out beautifully; but that would be a much more pricey option.



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nickj Gold Member Nick Jenkins
Novato, Marin Co, CA, USA   USA
1970 MG MGB GT
1972 MG MGB
I wrapped the bonnet on my '72. Based on previous experience, I don't expect it to last more than about 7 years.

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markrush Silver Member Mark R.
Vallecito, CA, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB "MGB Roadster"
I covered my TR-6 top with one, seamless piece of Everflex vinyl, and it came out beautifully; but that would be a much more pricey option.

The ad says they use 3M vinyl. That company usually has good products, but I don't know what the reputation of their vinyl wrap is.

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markrush Silver Member Mark R.
Vallecito, CA, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB "MGB Roadster"
I wrapped the bonnet on my '72. Based on previous experience, I don't expect it to last more than about 7 years.

Seven years sounds pretty good to me. My car is garage-kept, and covered, never left in the sun or weather.

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markrush Silver Member Mark R.
Vallecito, CA, USA   USA
1975 MG MGB "MGB Roadster"
I checked the ad again. They also use Avery Dennison vinyl. Is that a good brand?

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GMB3 George Badger
Soquel, CA, USA   USA
1965 Jaguar E-Type Coupe "1QUICK E"
1968 MG MGB "1QUICK B"
I imagine a wrap, properly done, will last for a long time on our cars. They typically don't see a lot of UV or adverse WX.

I just saw this one on the way home the other day. IMHO, pretty nice.



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terryke5hwe Terry Halbert
Rogers, AR - Arkansas, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500 "Midge"
1979 MG MGB "Money Pit!"
I used vinyl wrap for the rockers on my 79 Midget. Went to a sign shop and they measured and made the vinyl. I like the results, a satin finish. It looks pretty durable.


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GMB3 George Badger
Soquel, CA, USA   USA
1965 Jaguar E-Type Coupe "1QUICK E"
1968 MG MGB "1QUICK B"
Great idea. Thanks.

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Ray in PA Raymond Franks
Drums, PA, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB "The Golden Chariot"
1992 Jeep Cherokee "Silver Fox"
2004 Subaru Outback "Subie"
Didn't wrap it, but prepped it and painted it with truck bedliner. And, got a little creative with the headliner.....


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GMB3 George Badger
Soquel, CA, USA   USA
1965 Jaguar E-Type Coupe "1QUICK E"
1968 MG MGB "1QUICK B"
That's pretty neat.



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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
"Seven years sounds pretty good to me"

I didn't Google it but I'd suggest <8 years is going to leave some of those high end car owners a little miffed - I saw a chrome Lexus LFA not long ago; maybe it depends on the quality of wrap and application. Mind you if you can afford a LFA you'll probably not hold onto it long enough to see (unless you're a collector).



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