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This is a discussion on Roof panel within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Has anyone had their rear fiberglass roof panel (sail panel) painted. I just got a quote and it was high. ...

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    Has anyone had their rear fiberglass roof panel (sail panel) painted. I just got a quote and it was high. Alot of shops said no way because they could not guarantee the work.

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    Is the adhesive bleeding through the paint?

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    Could be, there are bubbles forming under the paint. Shop said they have to use a special primer to prevent this from happening.

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    yep you have the infamous chicken pox. It comes from the adhesive GM used during the 99< yrs. You have only 2 ways of fixing it. Carefully removing your sail panel, remove all of the adhesive and re instal using the correct adheisive or most likely, you'll have to order a replacement panel from 6Liter Designs (they are the only place that is making repair panels, GM stopped long time ago)

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    No primer and paint is going to fix the chicken pox. It's the adhesive bleeding through that eats the paint.

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    ^^ This. Don't waste any $$ trying to fix the problem... just replace it.

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    Mine hasn't begun to bubble badly yet, just alot of small ones that aren't obvious unless you know what to look for. I have one of the carbon fiber sail panels on back order with 6LE that I am going to replace it with once it comes in and I am ready to repaint the car. Until then I am thinking of sanding it down and rattle canning it like I did on my back bumper.

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    On a hot sunny day, a viscous fluid will weep through the panel and the wind will streak it across the surface. It's bad.

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    I agree completely. But if I can mask it for a while with some rattle can spray I will

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    I admit to rattle canning the fender lips behind the front tires. Having a black car makes that so easy. I should do the rear fender lips while I change out the axle seal this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I admit to rattle canning the fender lips behind the front tires. Having a black car makes that so easy. I should do the rear fender lips while I change out the axle seal this morning.
    Once I do my sail you will say wow I think. I don't just grab and spray.

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    A proper paint job is damn near 90% prep. I assume you'll paint the entire panel rather than trying to spot it in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    A proper paint job is damn near 90% prep. I assume you'll paint the entire panel rather than trying to spot it in?
    When I do my sail I will wet sand it down before I paint it

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    I need to install my new one still. Think I have had it now for almost 4 years. Working on swapping out an axle seal today and changing the fuild in the rear while I am at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I need to install my new one still. Think I have had it now for almost 4 years. Working on swapping out an axle seal today and changing the fuild in the rear while I am at it.
    What do you think is the best adhesive for swapping sail panels? I was looking at 3M 08690 Fast Cure Auto Glass Urethane Cartridge - 10.5 fl. oz. : Amazon.com : Automotive

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    I will be using urethane on mine. Not exactly sure which brand or anything yet. Make sure you have some time to fiddle with it before the stuff sets.

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