Due to my background in plastics manufacturing I get a variety of calls and requests on the right way to care on your C4 Corvette Acrylic Targa Prime. Primary upkeep of the roof goes a great distance in rising the life and look of the acrylic panel.
For a little bit background, when Chevrolet re-designed the Corvette for introduction in 1984, they designed a variety of nice concepts utilized in different sports activities automobiles up to now. As a substitute of the T-Prime roof panels that had been used within the Corvette C3 from 1968-1983, they opted as an alternative for a Targa roof just like the Porsche 911. The usual roof was a fiberglass panel painted the identical coloration because the automotive. Chevrolet additionally had an optionally available moon roof which featured a bronze or blue smoked plastic. Initially Lexan was used within the roof in 1984, however was discovered to be simply scratched. Lexan is a really break resistant materials, however the downside for it is break resistance is it is delicate floor which scratches pretty simply. As a aspect observe all race automobiles use Lexan for his or her entrance windshields from the native tracks to the Nascar Nextel Cup Collection. Within the Nextel Cup and Nationwide Collection the race groups use tear off movies on high of the Lexan that may be eliminated in the course of the race which minimizes the scratches to the windshield. Later within the 1984 mannequin yr, Basic Motors converted to Acrylic with a scratch resistant coating to assist forestall scratches within the roof.
Caring for a acrylic roof panel is straightforward. Wash the panel with delicate detergent, normal automotive wash detergent from Walmart is okay. The hot button is to spray the roof with a hose effectively to take away any of the unfastened filth BEFORE WIPING THE SOAPY RAG ON IT. After the roof is dry apply wax to the roof. It can be crucial NOT to make use of a cleaner wax, repeat do NOT use a cleaner wax because it has abrasives to scrub filth and oxidation floor into the paint on a automotive and it WILL scratch the plexiglass roof. I counsel making use of a number of coats of wax, and making use of them usually because the wax will burn off within the sizzling solar.
Eradicating deep scratches from the roof is a bit more difficult, however if you’re cautious and cautious it shouldn’t be an issue. First it’s essential to sand the scratch out with 1200 grit sandpaper. Personally I exploit moist/dry paper and moist sand the scratch with water that has some dish washing detergent blended in. The water acts as a lubricant to assist maintain floor scratches from the sandpaper to a minimal. After this step, dry the realm and buff it out. If it’s a small scratch, you possibly can hand rub it out. Beginning with heavy reduce buffing compound buff out the realm with a delicate rag. Then buff it out with a end reduce buffing compound till all of the scratches are out and the shine has come out. The final step is to use a couple of coats of paste wax to the roof. If the scratch is giant, you will want to make use of a buffing wheel. Earlier than utilizing a buffing wheel ensure you’re skilled with it. If not, I counsel calling a automotive detailer in your space.
For high-quality floor scratches you don’t want to make use of sandpaper, simply hand buff the roof flippantly with a scratch remover compound, like Maguire’s. It could take a while so be persistence.