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TR6 '71 TR6 Windscreen Restoration


Senior Member
Well I decided to restore the windscreen frame while I'm waiting for new crash pads to arrive. The frame is in remarkably good condition. I removed the windshield by using a razor knife to slice the inside rubber flush with the frame. The glass literally fell out of the front. I stripped it completely of hardware and the cracking textured vinyl. Some Goof-Off and lacquer thinner made quick work of removing any remaining contact cement. It's been sanded and I applied some Rust Mort in a few areas, let it dry, wiped it down and primed it with Rustoleum. A few top coats of Rustoleum semi-gloss are drying now and it looks great. My next area of concern is the inside of the frame. I bought some leather textured vinyl and stripped the backing off. I plan on applying it with contact cement and see how it turns out. I kind of think the leather look inside may add a bit of class to it. I wanted to save a few bucks and skip the kit that can be bought and do something special myself. Without the backing the vinyl is very supple, feels like leather, and stretches easily. I don't want to overstretch it, I just want to lay it down and press it in to conform well in the corners. The visors are ok, a littly vinyl paint will make them look new, the visor hardware will get a blast of baking soda, primer and paint. Condsidering buying a new anodized top piece but not sure. Any alternatives to restoring this piece other than buying new? I just rambling about what I'm doing to the car right now. Any comments are appreciated.

Art (New Old Guy)


Luke Skywalker
Art, stretching and gluing vinyl around all those little angles can be tricky. Just make sure you have a good, even layer of adhesive (I like anything 3M) or the stuff will come up. A word of advice, the kit I bought from TRF, pre-formed vinyl for the inside of my frame, was sweet and relatively easy to apply. Good luck.
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