Top damage - needs re-blacking

Discuss all things Model T related.
Forum rules
If you need help logging in, or have question about how something works, use the Support forum located here Support Forum
Complete set of Forum Rules Forum Rules
User avatar

Topic author
GJScholz
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:02 am
First Name: Gregory
Last Name: Scholz
Location: Esko, MN
MTFCA Number: 30705
Contact:

Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by GJScholz » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:47 pm

67F48BB0-C8B5-4841-AB4D-391E2755FAEF.jpeg
I have some wear damage on my new top.
Any ideas on how to re dye it?
Boot black?

Has anyone fixes this with long lasting success?

Thank you,
Greg
Greg Scholz
4th Generation Caretaker
1914 Ford Touring
Survivor Class
http://personal.gregscholz.com/
Esko MN
KD0UYN ‘73


Rich Bingham
Posts: 858
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:23 am
First Name: Rich
Last Name: Bingham
Location: Blackfoot, Idaho

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by Rich Bingham » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:47 pm

That doesn't appear to be wear damage, rather a smear of some white substance on the top material. Try removing it with a little lacquer thinner (or acetone, your wife's fingernail polish remover) used sparingly on a rag and see if it comes off.
"Get a horse !"


Scott_Conger
Posts: 1998
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:18 am
First Name: Scott
Last Name: Conger
Location: Clark, WY
Board Member Since: 2005

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by Scott_Conger » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:28 pm

I would start with WD-40 first...you'd be amazed what it will take off without damage to the substrate
Scott Conger

Full Flow Float Valves - deliver fuel like Henry intended!

User avatar

Oldav8tor
Posts: 472
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:39 am
First Name: Tim
Last Name: Juhl
Location: Thumb of Michigan
MTFCA Number: 50297
MTFCI Number: 24810

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by Oldav8tor » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:56 pm

Did you park under a tree or anger a seagull? Other than that, I'd contact the folks you bought it from and see what they recommend.
1917 Touring
1946 Aeronca Champ
1952 Willys M38a1 Jeep
1953 Ford Jubilee Tractor

User avatar

CudaMan
Posts: 523
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:17 pm
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Strange
Location: Hillsboro, MO
MTFCA Number: 30944
MTFCI Number: 23667

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by CudaMan » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:13 pm

If you find that the white marks are not stains and that you do need to re-color the vinyl, I have had excellent results with SEM vinyl dye products (available at real automotive paint stores). Be sure to use the proper prep before spraying the color.
Attachments
IMG_6862.JPG
Mark Strange
Hillsboro, MO
1924 Cut-off Touring (now a pickup)

User avatar

kmatt
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:30 pm
First Name: Kevin
Last Name: Matthiesen
Location: Madera California
MTFCA Number: 11598

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by kmatt » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:26 pm

Greg, The white marks look like they could be house paint. I would start by using soap and water on a clean rag using light rubbing. If that doesn't work you can try some of the other suggestions, be careful if you try lacquer thinner it could dull the surface of the topping.

User avatar

Topic author
GJScholz
Posts: 65
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:02 am
First Name: Gregory
Last Name: Scholz
Location: Esko, MN
MTFCA Number: 30705
Contact:

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by GJScholz » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:12 pm

Its definitely wear.
Thanks cudaman for the tip on the vinyl coloring.
Those cans look expensive.

Greg
Greg Scholz
4th Generation Caretaker
1914 Ford Touring
Survivor Class
http://personal.gregscholz.com/
Esko MN
KD0UYN ‘73

User avatar

Inthegarage
Posts: 20
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:05 pm
First Name: John
Last Name: Mosher
Location: Connecticut
MTFCA Number: 49626

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by Inthegarage » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:18 pm

I’ve had good luck with black shoe polish. Rub it in and wipe it off.

User avatar

Jeff Perkins
Posts: 104
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:40 pm
First Name: Jeff
Last Name: Perkins
Location: Lakeland MN
MTFCA Number: 10642
MTFCI Number: 17799
Board Member Since: 1999

Re: Top damage - needs re-blacking

Post by Jeff Perkins » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:55 pm

Greg, I also have had success using shoe polish for cosmetic top and boot repair.
1913 Runabout
I wouldn't change any of my kids or grandkids for the world but I'd like to change the world for them!

Post Reply Previous topicNext topic