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My 10 Pure with 19K miles has developed a peeling roof. I'm not use what they used on a Pure roof in 10 but it looks like plastic covered with a vinyl of some kind. It started with bubbles forming on the leading edge of the roof. Just keeps getting bigger, some has just flaked off. It seems brittle. Anyone else see this? I just wondering if I can get it all off. Depending on what condition the plastic is I was thinking omg priming and painting it or putting down some vinyl on a roll. Maybe do something crazy if I can find anything.
 

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My 10 Pure with 19K miles has developed a peeling roof. I'm not use what they used on a Pure roof in 10 but it looks like plastic covered with a vinyl of some kind. It started with bubbles forming on the leading edge of the roof. Just keeps getting bigger, some has just flaked off. It seems brittle. Anyone else see this? I just wondering if I can get it all off. Depending on what condition the plastic is I was thinking omg priming and painting it or putting down some vinyl on a roll. Maybe do something crazy if I can find anything.
Without seeing pictures of what you’re describing , it appears to be a clear coat issue you are having where the paint may be intact, but the clear coat on top of the paint has deteriorated. Possible causes of this is excessive UV exposure, as well as not properly maintaining the paint to name a few.
There are some good resources on YouTube regarding prepping and repairing damaged clear coat on an automobile. You may very well find an answer there and report back your findings.
 

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unfortunately it won't stop. Painting over a clear coat will make the new paint blister and look terrible.The only recourse you have is to strip it all off, replace the roof, or cover it. My Pure had the same issue, but the Pure comes with a solid roof (can't see through it) so I removed what I could and covered it with a vinyl wrap with a carbon fiber print on it. Turned out great once I got the process down. There is a large selection of colors and designs available
 

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unfortunately it won't stop. Painting over a clear coat will make the new paint blister and look terrible.The only recourse you have is to strip it all off, replace the roof, or cover it. My Pure had the same issue, but the Pure comes with a solid roof (can't see through it) so I removed what I could and covered it with a vinyl wrap with a carbon fiber print on it. Turned out great once I got the process down. There is a large selection of colors and designs available
I had the same peeling issue and tried a wrap but it didn't stick well, due to the textured surface, I'm guessing. I've done nothing since. Did you use a wrap primer?
 

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I have the same issue starting on my 2015 Pure. It's not a clear coat. It's a thin layer or two of some textured plastic material. If mine gets bad enough,I plan on replacing it with vinyl top material. Should be a very simple replacement process, being a flat roof.
 

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Hi I am new here and from the UK but I saw this post and thought I would comment on what I did
I had a problem with solid roof on our new Smart 451 Dci peeling, I cleaned it all off using the pressure washer and took the car to the local wrappers who would not touch it, another option was to have it sprayed at a large amount of beer tokens,
I did a bit of research and came across this which I bought for £17.00 OWATROL Polytrol Colour-Renovator Cleaner.
I washed the roof and throughly dried it then followed the instructions for applying, left to dry overnight and another coat applied this morning, I will see what this coat dries like before deciding to apply maybe another coat
its mentioned on a few car detailing forums with various outcomes
before and after photos
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That is what the roof covering on my 2010 looks like. It looks terrible but I haven’t decided what to do. BTW the peeling clear coat the the colored plastic body panels is a known problem. As I understand it they used a contaminated clear when manufacturing the panels. Of course they waited until the manufacturer’s warranty expired to make the announcement.
 

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unfortunately it won't stop. Painting over a clear coat will make the new paint blister and look terrible.The only recourse you have is to strip it all off, replace the roof, or cover it. My Pure had the same issue, but the Pure comes with a solid roof (can't see through it) so I removed what I could and covered it with a vinyl wrap with a carbon fiber print on it. Turned out great once I got the process down. There is a large selection of colors and designs available
Do you remember where you got the material that you used?
 

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Just as an update this has now been on the roof for eight months now, washed numerous times, rain frost snow and sunshine have all been thrown at it and it still looks like new, well worth the money and time it took to apply

Hi I am new here and from the UK but I saw this post and thought I would comment on what I did
I had a problem with solid roof on our new Smart 451 Dci peeling, I cleaned it all off using the pressure washer and took the car to the local wrappers who would not touch it, another option was to have it sprayed at a large amount of beer tokens,
I did a bit of research and came across this which I bought for £17.00 OWATROL Polytrol Colour-Renovator Cleaner.
I washed the roof and throughly dried it then followed the instructions for applying, left to dry overnight and another coat applied this morning, I will see what this coat dries like before deciding to apply maybe another coat
its mentioned on a few car detailing forums with various outcomes
before and after photos
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Just as an update this has now been on the roof for eight months now, washed numerous times, rain frost snow and sunshine have all been thrown at it and it still looks like new, well worth the money and time it took to apply
I ordered some on Amazon yesterday. $16.00 US
I will let you know how it works. Probably have to wait for spring as the weather here is too cold for use. I also have to remove the 50% of the original that did not flake off. Judging by the pictures I have seen online, it will take three coats? Is that what you did?
 
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