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Offline wheels78ta

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T-top restoration
« on: January 18, 2008, 03:00:46 PM »
I know that glass shops can polish out scratches that aren't too deep,

And Hitman can bring back the luster and shine to the metal.

Is there a place or a method that can put the tint (regular, gold, or mirrored) back to show quality?

I'm talking about where the t-top sits on the weatherstripping, and the weatherstripping rubs the tint off.  It leaves a ring around the glass.  Or how about any scratches in the tint.

Would it be more cost effective to restore the tops compared to buying a show quality set (taking out a loan for a second mortgage)?

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Offline turbota400

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Re: T-top restoration
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008, 05:37:22 PM »
I haven't heard of anyone restoring the tint.  I've been looking myself for a while.
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Re: T-top restoration
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008, 11:11:45 PM »
That is one thing that GM actually did right back then.... that tint is actually acid etched onto that glass.  I have tried (and some professional shops have tried) to get that tinting removed from the glass with no luck.  That is why when you find a set of t-tops with no wear on the tint they are worth alot more money because that tinting cannot be removed/replaced.
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Offline Sopcich04

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Re: T-top restoration
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2008, 12:46:16 AM »
haha so then it seems that they didnt do it right!!
would putting a sheet of tint be the same?