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Hello All, I have a 2014 Smartcar fourtwo coupe/pure with 14,000 miles on it that was a Car2go in its prior life. Iím really Happy with it and have fixed a lot of minor problems on my own. I like how easy it is to change things like transmission and engine oil as well as oil, air and cabin filters. My current problem is that my roof is peeling! There appears to be some sort of textured film/membrane on the roof that is getting water under it via small cuts or holes that I can only assume have occurred over time. I can actually press the moisture out thru the small holes in the film. Where the water canít be pressed out it bubbles up in various spots with one area actually peeling off and revealing hard roof under the film. Iíve been taping over these areas using duct tape made by Gorilla which actually is about the same black color as the roof. This is only occurring at the corners and sides of the roof. Any thoughts on how to fix this. Iím guessing this membrane/film may be some sort of aesthetic covering similar in texture to whatís covering my dash. Dr. Ray
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The roof underneath is a plastic roof that will develop micro scratches over time causing the adhesive for the vinyl covering to come loose.The only thing that an cure it is to replace the whole roof, or peel off as much as you can and paint it, or use a vinyl wrap.
I did a vinyl wrap on my Pure and it came out nice. The covering only lasts 5-7 years and then it starts to deteriorate. sometimes sooner or later depending on where and how the car is parked,

Bad news is they all do it eventually, good news is it is purely cosmetic.
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Thanks for the information jimvw57. Iíll look into a new vinyl wrap for mine. Dr.Ray
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if you do a vinyl wrap dont try peeling as much off instead just sand the entire thing down. trust me it will be better for you and your pockets. you do not want to peel just some off and then wrap it because if something else peels it will cause your new vinyl to bubble up. when my old pure did it to me I wrapped the roof in marine grade vinyl/leather for a fun look but vinyl works well too because that was what I had on it first. Pick something carbon fiber or textured black for a close to stock look or go crazy with whatever wacky colors they have.
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The roof underneath is a plastic roof that will develop micro scratches over time causing the adhesive for the vinyl covering to come loose.The only thing that an cure it is to replace the whole roof, or peel off as much as you can and paint it, or use a vinyl wrap.
I did a vinyl wrap on my Pure and it came out nice. The covering only lasts 5-7 years and then it starts to deteriorate. sometimes sooner or later depending on where and how the car is parked,

Bad news is they all do it eventually, good news is it is purely cosmetic.
Did you post a DIY procedure about how you applied the vinyl?
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I watched a bunch of youtube videos and it worked good. Only problem I had was cutting the outside edge too small and when I heated it with a heat gun to set it, it shrank a bit and exposed the edge. I peeled it off and redid it with no problems. I used a thicker vinyl to help cover the spots where the original coating was peeled off.

I should have found a garage to work in as the sunshine got to my eyes doing it on the street. Taking t to a pro shop might be a better idea if they could give you a decent price.

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Thanks. Think I will take your advice and take it to a shop to have it done.
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I took my Smart to a auto wrap shop and they did not recommend wrapping the top because they didn't think it would stay on and also it would show the imperfections. They said to try spray Plasti Dip or spray plastic paint. Anybody here do either?
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Can the plastic top section be removed to work on off the car? Hard? Procedure?
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