Back Window Molding Vinyl v. Vinyl Delete
Just posting some intel as reference for another who's contemplating ripping the vinyl off. Vinyl cars get raw edge top and sides, and perhaps even raw bottom - with everything hidden by the plastic bolster framing the pad and skin.
Vinyl delete gets pre-installed and fixed exposed molding mating over to the opening. The bottom is a rubber flap to shed water into the trunk ditch, again pre-fixed to the glass. BTW the little hollow tube fillers are NLA and you'll want to weld fillets in to flush the roof seams.
There's always gonna be a way a body guy can work up something to replicate all that by just reusing the vinyl backlite with added specialized moldings and something across the bottom, but best bet will be getting a savvy JY to remove the whole thing carefully from a vinyl delete car as I did. And then get a mobile window replacement guy to install it, as I did.
You can R&R the front glass surround molding after pulling the vinyl from under it. Remember there's those holes to patch afterward around the rear opening opening, and at the sailpanel if desiring to flush them, as I did.
Vinyl-delete moonroof escutcheons are supposedly different than the vinyl style trim . I'll report back later what's up there when I remove the vinyl. The underpad adhesive will remind you of very strong two-sided foam tape. ALWAYS peel it and the skin (was easier for me to pull each separately) slow and steady, and only outside on a very warm sunny day - to get things to release in respectable sized sheets.
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Last edited by 96 Black; 08-01-2019 at 12:29 PM.