How is conv boot attached? White Color also need dyed?

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  1. 72skylarkconvt

    72skylarkconvt Well-Known Member

    On my 72 Buick Skylark the top boot cover when I got it was attached along the front of the boot, right behind the rear seat. Is this normal? It makes it where I can't take the damn off and on (Right now I have it removed from the car).
    Also the boot is a bit gnarly looking in places, turned a bit brown. Can the boot be dyed or clean up anyway?
  2. 72skylarkconvt

    72skylarkconvt Well-Known Member

    The top is white, and is clean. no stains just looking for a way to maybe make it pop a little better?
  3. alvareracing

    alvareracing Platinum Level Contributor

    Sems vinyl paint, sold in rattle cans or mixed for use with a paint gun. Boot must be super clean - degreased and sprayed with light coats.
  4. Nailhead in a 1967

    Nailhead in a 1967 Kell-Mnown Wember

    i was watching this video yesterday
    kevin "junkyard digs" is cleaning up the vinyl top on a 1971 Cutlass that was in storage for 30-something years.

    he is using a product named D-Germ:


    fast forward to 28:40 minutes in the video:

  5. Briz

    Briz Founders Club Member

    The boot / cover on my Wildcat has snaps all the way around. The 70 Electra had a rod through the part that was attached behind the rear seat back and the cover did not come off(easy) Flip it over the seat back raise the top and flip it back into the well. Think it was screwed or riveted in 4 places along the rod.
  6. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    On the 1971 Buick Skylark, the factory boot slides into a grooved area behind the rear seat, and has plastic "clips" that attach under the rear chrome surround.
    As others have said, use SEMS vinyl dye after THOROUGHLY, effectively cleaning the boot.
    Personally, I think that it would be cost effective top get a new boot, as they are about $150 to $200., after all the pain in cleaning, prepping, and dyeing the boot.
  7. 72skylarkconvt

    72skylarkconvt Well-Known Member

    That is how my 72 boot is. Boot is so old and stiff it does not fit real well back there without a struggle.
  8. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    Use some 303 or armor all or even wd40 in the seam that the boot slides in. If you are going to dye it do Not do it before,,

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