Seamus, I have a local friend who bought a MK3 Advan Hood and had it painted and it required "some prep" work. Now that's a hood which has a LOT more surface area and is also easily scrutinized by anyone taller than 3ft tall. I'm not suggesting this can't be done, but at the same time I can't in good faith say that the prep work to paint CF is the same as FG. I've seen first hand that it isn't...it's doable but required a little extra work to make it perfect. Obviously for someone with your skills and experience this is nothing, but some of us might be using body shops that may or may not have folks experienced in work with this material...hence the disclaimer.
Ah OK. Yes, with a hood you have a very large surface area. Just applying a coat of primer and then wet sanding it to a perfect finish would take a few man hours to do properly. And if there were any small low spots you would want to fix them, all money when paying a shop. But I stand by my claim, having one of these brand new CF sunroofs shouldn't cost anymore then having an original sunroof repainted at a shop.
I will keep an eye on this thread and jump in if need be.
The seal is easy to remove. 3 or 4 screws along the back and 4 along the side. Note the rear part of the seal has a metal part in it that rust pretty commonly.
Dumb question on the sunroof, but being a different material and likely thicker material are you going to be able to reuse the original screws? There isn't a lot of clearance from the screw tip to the top cover. I made the mistake a long time ago ruining the sunroof on my original supra using the wrong screws in the front corners. Ironically I still have that sun roof almost 20 years later for some weird reason. I can image a lot of pissed off people putting the screws in an busting a hole in the top
Depth wise I'm sure the original screws would be fine (I assume you are talking about the screws that hold the seal on). The inner liner and skin may be thicker then steel but that would only increase the clearances. Yeah, don't use longer screws, thats for sure lol.
I wish I had time to go through the "gauging interest post" and ask all those who voted yes why they are now nowhere to be seen. Honestly my biggest pet peeve in life, people who constantly vote that they are interested and NEVER participate in the group buy. I actually have to buy 30, so I'm really sticking to the 22 limit as if we can't get 22 in a group buy then me stocking 10+ makes no sense whatsoever.
since Jim can't post a POLL I'm posting this on his behalf...he will be running this group buy. Any and all questions (with the exception of Canadian Shipping) will go through him and here is the text he gave me:
IMPORTANT: Pricing has not been confirmed for condensers. It all depends...
The rear glass seal found here is set to start very shortly so it's time to move onto the next project. When we sent out the hatch glass seal we also sent out a pair of window seals...for those that need visual queues here is what I'm talking about:
I'd like to see how much interest this is...
So as some of you are aware I'm no longer "stocking" Dobinsons; meaning I will not be purchasing them by the skidload as I did in the past. The interest is just not there to justify the expense, so what I will be doing as coming on here and posting up a "Group Buy" every 6 months. Group Buy is...
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NAME: Raptor Racing
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