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Someone either painted or wrapped the top with white to keep it cool. Also, that sunroof is aftermarket just in case you were not aware. I guess you would ask them if the what is a coating or a vinyl wrap.
 

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I see what looks like a black Metris or Vito roof, with a layer of white “ cool seal “, “ plasti dip “ or vinyl wrap, to keep the roof cooler, just like Pounce thinks.

With some kind of aftermarket sunroof or at least fixed panel for light?
 

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Cool idea, white paint/plastidip to keep the roof cooler. Think I’m gonna try it. Any ideas on how?
I'd probably recommend taking it to a wrap shop and have them do a vinyl wrap just on the roof. Lots of colors including chrome available. This way you can remove it later. Wont take them long to apply it. Several places near you.
 

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Plasti-dip only requires thorough cleaning of the surface that you want to spray.
You are supposed to peel it up after three years.
It is quite forgiving in application. Far more so than any spray paint touchups on a car.

I don't have a lot of experience with it, but have done some plastics and a couple metal things. Actually did the lowest part of the van the other day that has been bugging me. I had done the lip above the license plate, but when removing the masking tape around it, I accidentally peeled part of the plasti-dip up and my o c d didn't want a fuzzy plastic line edge visible ...

There is a whole YouTube channel called DipMyCar and they have some instructional videos, as do some other users.

I think at a minimum it does allow for an easy test run of a visual change.

[ Edit ] I don' t know about vinyl wrapping or how feasible or easy it would be to vinyl the roof of a Metris with all its roof channels. That's a fair bit material that needs to go into those 7 recesses ( 5 across, 2 length wise) and get contoured ...

Maybe just a vinyl cover for the four panel tops would be sufficient for heat deflection?
 

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thanks, now I'm calm that there is no problem with the roof. perhaps you have options where to buy a sliding door and a driver's door. searched on ebay, but maybe there are other sites selling.
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[ Scratch all that ]

So, you bought a salvage vehicle? And will have it shipped to you?

With Copart being an auction site for Salvage vehicles. ( example other Metrises ) Tried to look for the vehicle, but the listing likely rolled off.

I would talk to a few vehicle body repair shops in your direct area about the repair work, and hear what they think. They are specialists and deal with parts ordering all the time. Whether they order from a salvage yard where a vehicle got hit on the right, or direct from the manufacturer.
 

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[ Scratch all that ]

So, you bought a salvage vehicle? And will have it shipped to you?

With Copart being an auction site for Salvage vehicles. ( example other Metrises ) Tried to look for the vehicle, but the listing likely rolled off.

I would talk to a few vehicle body repair shops in your direct area about the repair work, and hear what they think. They are specialists and deal with parts ordering all the time. Whether they order from a salvage yard where a vehicle got hit on the right, or direct from the manufacturer.
Yes, I looked at an alternative, but the price is very expensive for me. I bought one of the cheapest.
 

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I search , but today car in delivery company . Maybe have variant in US. Chek sea freight, after +-1 week going too Ukraine. Sorry for my English.
In Ukraine driver door + sliding door = +-700$
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All I can say is good luck. I absolutely hate repairing door damage and sliders are the worst. When I bought totals I liked simple ones. Front corners. You are probably ten times better than I ever was. That looks like you have some damage to both pillars and the channel below the slider door. I would have passed on this one. It's not impossible, just work.

I assume most body Vito w447 parts fit the Metris so getting parts close may not be hard. You are going to probably need the chassis side door slide channels and maybe the wire loom. One of the photos had the door for the fuel filler still on, but these last ones show it missing. Hope there isn't much damage in that area.
 

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All I can say is good luck. I absolutely hate repairing door damage and sliders are the worst. When I bought totals I liked simple ones. Front corners. You are probably ten times better than I ever was. That looks like you have some damage to both pillars and the channel below the slider door. I would have passed on this one. It's not impossible, just work.

I assume most body Vito w447 parts fit the Metris so getting parts close may not be hard. You are going to probably need the chassis side door slide channels and maybe the wire loom. One of the photos had the door for the fuel filler still on, but these last ones show it missing. Hope there isn't much damage in that area.
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For parts, it will probably be best to look locally in your country or maybe across the border, if you are near one ... for used MB Vito parts. Unless you have family in the US, nearby where this vehicle is located, who can pickup used parts and put them in the van before it gets shipped. That would be the only way to save money and maximize your vehicle shipping.

To get an idea for parts in the USA, maybe try this search engine link. Right below the search box, is the option to set country.


One of the thoughts I have had - if I were a vehicle mechanic and could do body work or work out some favors with somebody who does bodywork - for something like this, is to have two vans with damage in a different area, and transplant the parts. IF they could be purchased cheap enough. Long distance shipping by boat probably makes that not feasible.
 
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