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Old 06-01-2008, 08:16 AM   #1
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Arrow sailpanal replacement ( do it yourself )

I hope this helps the do it yourselfers like me , so here go's .These first few pics are paint and prep. ToolsNeeded 1.Sharp putty knife 2.Pry bar 3. Phillips Head Screwdriver 4.Caulk Gun ok this part is the point of no return slide you putty knife under edge then start pulling , you may use pry bar now . pull , pry , and use putty knife to remove next remove exese caulk (but not completely) Now its time to apply new caulk make a bead about the size of your finger Next its time to install,reinstall t-top center hold down thingy, have t-tops ready for fitment , you'll need to raise hatch up and down as needed Heres the finished product. If your going to drive it , tape it !!! And last but not least, bag this up and ship it to GM I hope this helps some if not all you guys and gals with bubbles on you sailpanal

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Old 06-01-2008, 08:21 AM   #2
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i picked up the caulk from a local windshield install shop for 5.00.( cold type ) i bought my panal on ebay but i'm sure GM will cut you a deal on just the panal.

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Old 06-01-2008, 09:36 AM   #3
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dude! You know Jared from Subway? j/k nice tutorial
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good writeup
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Jared wishes he was as sexy!! LOL
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:23 AM   #6
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This should be up there with the sticky as well, subscribed.
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Old 06-01-2008, 10:41 AM   #7
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The last time one of my club members checked with a GM dealer about buying a sail panel it was quite expensive. I want to say $700. OUCH! What did you prep your panel with and what paint and clear did you use? You did a fantastic job. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #8
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dupont primer . black chromabase ,nason clear coat , bought at local paint supply
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Wow, you were really giving it to that caulk gun! LOL Nice writeup for sure.
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:04 PM   #10
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How hard was it to line up the new panel?


Looks like you did a good job to me.
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i dont know if anyone else noticed or is bugged by it being "caulk" not "chaulk"
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:42 PM   #12
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Nice job What was the grand total on the replacement?
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i dont know if anyone else noticed or is bugged by it being "caulk" not "chaulk"
I've learned to ignore things like that

It must take a lot of ***** to rip off that panel on your car.
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this was my car we did the replacement on. it scared the crap outta me watching us rip the stock top in pieces, but nauty99 had done this to his car before so i was fine with it. this is MUCH better and cheaper doing it yourself than having GM do it...theres a total of about an hour-2 hours at MOST once to take your stock one off and put the new one on, thats if everytihng is already painted and what not. after 8-9 hours of interstate driving its still in place and looks great...just gotta wetsand the pollen out of the clear coat.

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now tim thats jjust IGNORANT to take a picture with someone's reflection in it!!! lmao..
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i dont know if anyone else noticed or is bugged by it being "caulk" not "chaulk"
Of course we noticed. It's just that it would be bad form to criticize someone's spelling after they went to all of this effort to show us how to do something. So we just give them a big THANKS and move on.

Thanks Nauty99SS!
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Thanks good job on the write up. Make me feel better about doing mine when its time to. This should be a sticky. Please make it one mods.
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Hopefully I never have to do this since mine is a 98 *cross fingers*

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Very nice thanks for the write up man!
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Well done guys. Now find someone with a hardtop to try it on.
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