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Hi, everyone,
I own a 2010 Smart for Two with regular roof. 80,000 miles on it. In Hawaii. The car sounds a little rusty from the Ocean and otherwise runs fine.
The car is pure red with black roof.

The top layer of paint on the roof has bubbled up and peeled away. (the front panel in front too! I am replacing that for sure).

So what should I do with the roof?

One body shop says to replace the roof bc the exposed base of the roof will crack from UV.
Another body shop says no need to do anything, the base part is made out of carbon and will be fine.
Mercedes phone rep said to try repainting it but since the car is 5 yrs old, it is better to just replace the roof.
Vinyl wrap peeps say the roof is textured so vinyl won't stick to it.
I see some owners posting they covered the roof with some wrap. Seems like those are all pretty new cars? There are no reports as to how that wrap or paint is holding up in time.

SO - what to do??? Insurance is willing to replace the roof now for $500. Full price is $1100 (and labor, most likely).

Thanks!
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Hi, I have 2010 Smart for 2.

The outer layer of the roof paint has bubbled up and peeled away.

I see that other owners had the same problem but I don't see how they resolved it. Seems like some people put a layer of paint or some kind of covering?

The vinyl wrap guys say that the roof is textured so nothing will stick to it.
Body shop wants to totally replace the roof.
Mercedes online help says that the roof can be just repainted but since it is 5 yrs old it would be best to just replace the roof.

Right now insurance is willing to replace the roof, for 500$. Full price is 1100 plus labor. Car is 5 yrs old, parked outside in Hawaii sun, and has 80,000 miles.

ANY IDEAS? thanks!

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Merged your two posts.
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I have 2010 Smart for 2.

The outer layer of the roof paint has bubbled up and peeled away.

Right now insurance is willing to replace the roof, for 500$. Full price is 1100 plus labor. Car is 5 yrs old, parked outside in Hawaii sun, and has 80,000 miles.

ANY IDEAS? thanks!
Curious, what is the basis of your insurance claim?

Guessing that the $500 is your deductible? I'd get them started on that "deal" today!
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I used a vinyl wrap on mine, the peeled part showed from underneath if you looked hard for it, but it turned out good. Make sure you remove all the peeling coating first. If it won't all come off, just get the loose stuff. I used a carbon fiber print and it looked like the real thing. I used a silicone caulk on the front and sides to help hold it in the recesses. The back can be tucked under and it holds good.
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Roof paint bubbled up and peeled away

Hi I am posting this for 3rd time but I never see it so trying again...

2010 smart for two, red color, 80,000 miles, Hawaii, sun.
2 yrs ago top coat of roof paint started bubbling and now it is almost totally peeled away.
*** WILL THE ROOF GET DAMAGED FROM UV IF THIS TOP COAT OF PROTECTIVE PAINT IS GONE?****

Should I replace the roof? Recoat it with a wrap? Repaint it?
Replacing the roof is 500$ right now bc the insurance will pay for it. THe full price is 1100$.

One body shop said replace roof, another shop said don't worry, the roof will be ok bc it is composite material, someone else said just wrap it, etc. ???

Thanks!
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Thank you John!
How old was your "peel away"? My car is 5 yrs old and it was peeled for almost 2 years now....

How expensive was the vimyl wrap, seems like you did it yourself?
And it is lasting? For how long?
The vinyl shop told me the wrap won't stick but seems like it does.... ?
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Body shop said that someone must have spilled some chemical on my roof. It was a little "too much" bubbly. Combined with the fact that they slashed my tire... sounds right.
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Thanks! There is third one I made today bc I could not see these until I searched for word "roof".
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if wrapping is not an option then i would just plastidip it.
not sure how long it would last... but 5$ for a can would not bug me.
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