My silver-top Volt
With summer heating up, I decided to have the roof of my Summit White 2012 wrapped in anything-but-black. I picked a bright silver vinyl in a carbon fiber pattern - it's almost like chrome, and the pattern adds a very high tech flavor. It was tough deciding between the chrome and a similarly bright gold that would have been reminiscent of the Space Station.
It's easy - even an (old) caveman can do it. I applied some of the scrap to the front and rear bowties, and like the way it looks. There's enough material to do the black on the sides next weekend, if the urge strikes me.
Using a remote IR sensor after due time under the sun this afternoon, I got 102degF on the vinyl. The black top showed 165degF under the same conditions.
There's a valid argument that regardless of color/reflectivity, in any given thermal environment a chrome body and a black body will eventually stabilize at the same temperature - but under the same radiation conditions the chrome body will always absorb less energy. In any case, this car now LOOKS cooler... to me.
Last edited by notaguru; 07-04-2012 at 02:04 AM.
Ancient Engineer says: "It's not really yours till you've voided the warranty..."
Chrome carbon-fiber roof to reduce temps, HID headlights, OBD2 display, tint, noise reduction, dashcam, anti-traffic levitation system, and frustrated that my near-perfect Volt offers so few mod opportunities...