A regular stapler or does it have to be some special air stapler?You can prep the car (sand etc) yourself and find someone to spray it. As for the top, I have done 3 convertible tops myself. All turned out better than a shop doing it. I say this because once you have the top on you can pull staples, restaple to adjust and get out any wrinkles that are there. It is not hard. Just need a good stapler and maybe a helper.
Longevity of a wrap was only 5-7 years, and only if the best vinyl & laminate over it were used. There were many cheaper materials available that were more commonly used. Perhaps that has improved in the last 7 years that I have been away from that direct end segment of the printing industry. I'm sure that if the wrapped vehicle didn't get exposed to the sun very often it could last longer. It's still a lot of cost to apply & eventually remove. It still requires bodywork if straight body panels are desired.Unless something has changed, i don't think i've ever seen a plastic dipped paint job look good.
I have however seen good wrap jobs (though not on a foxbody).
With that said where i get my van lettered they were wrapping a few higher end cars and the cost was apparently between two and three grand.
I could see wrapping a car if it's done in gloss, but most wraps look like wraps when done in flat or satin.
I decided against a convertible while traveling down the interstate in a friend’s car and we were close enough to touch the livestock in the sloppy trailer next to us.True, but a vert in California is different than owning a vert in South Dakota, or Buffalo....or any of those places where summer is July 3rd through the 17th....