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Old 03-20-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Soft Top Patch?

So it's going to be that time of year to put on the soft top again, but I've got a question. When I put the hardtop on last year and I pulled off the soft top I noticed that the PO of my Jeep ripped two holes in it right near the front of both of my doors. Needless to say this is what caused all the rain to fall into the cab last summer...

Now that I'm going to put it back up I was wondering if anyone had ever patched their soft top, or knew of a material that was good at patching up a soft top...

I can't see dishing out $500.00 for a new skin when I only need to patch these two little parts to make this thing solid again.

The two tears are only a couple of inches and they are right where the top curls around the soft top hardware at the door.

So here's the specifics... Bestop supertop, full metal doors (they'll be off in the summer) and about 1.5 inches of soft top material lost on both the drivers side and the passenger side near the windshield where they curl around the supertop hardware.

Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Don't know about patching, I just bought a used setup, hardware and all for 399. Search ebay and craigslist and you may be able to just find the skin or get a good deal on a whole setup and have spare pieces.

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there may be an iron on patch or something? or i'm sure you could go to an upholstery shop and get 2 patches made, sew them on yourself. or even silicone them on?
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I would just be afraid of the fabric flexing and working the repair loose and being no better off then he is now, kinda like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
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Well I do wonder about the flex with wind on daily driving...

I just don't want to shell out that much for a skin when 99.2 % of the skin I have works / looks fine.

It only leaks when it rains so there has to be something
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I would just be afraid of the fabric flexing and working the repair loose and being no better off then he is now, kinda like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
I'm stealing that band aid line

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you could always drive between the rain drops and not have to worry about getting wet! Lol
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you could always drive between the rain drops and not have to worry about getting wet! Lol


Yeah, but that's too easy
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:45 AM   #9
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try goin to an auto apolstry(i know that miss spelled ) they fixed my dads convertable top when it got ripped a few years back
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Send Barrie a message I think it was him that got like a roll of patch for the tops.
A while back
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Send Barrie a message I think it was him that got like a roll of patch for the tops.
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Will do.
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try goin to an auto apolstry(i know that miss spelled ) they fixed my dads convertable top when it got ripped a few years back

Good idea
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I'd say the upholstery shop idea is a good one. Also, I'm sure I'll get a lot of rolling eyes for this, but use duct tape temporarily. Sure, it'll peel eventually, but it'll work fine. Or maybe clean it really well, duct tape it and THEN spray the whole patched area with Plasti-dip. It's flexible and would seal the edges of the repair to keep it from peeling. Just a thought on repairs that would maybe work and save a lot of money. Because although an upholsterer could probably do it, they sure as hell don't work for free or anywhere near it.
Just thoughts. If it were me, I'd probably try the tape/spray idea. Why not? what do you have to lose?
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When my old top was coming apart the upholstery shop was able to stitch it back up for the most part. Now that I have a new top that has a couple holes from wheeling in it I'll just take it back again.

They'll just stitch it back together instead of patching (depending on the severity). Don't worry about the integrity. The canvas will tear before the stitching will. As long as you can stand the sight of it it'll hold together just fine.
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Yeah, I'd check with an auto upholstery shop or a boat repair place could tell you who repairs their boat tops (check with pretty much any marina, they should be able to tell you where to go).
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Well thank you for the ideas everyone!

It looks like I'll go and find an upholstery shop in my area to see to a repair. I'll let you know how it goes and I'll post some pics later.

Thanks again for the ideas
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Good luck! Let us know how it turns out...I'm not too far from you and if it works well, let me know where you got it done at...I may have some stuff that needs to get done as well.
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I'd really be interested to find out what the cost is, if you don't mind.
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Let me know if this works

I have a small hole myself and will have to patch soon,let me know if one of these works or if you came up with something.
<LI class="step ">1Clean the area around the tear with a damp clean cloth and allow it to dry completely. Apply a piece of aluminum waterproofing tape with black tar backing to the back side of the soft top. Hold the tear together. Simultaneously press the tape on firmly. Paint over the tape with latex paint that matches the inside of the soft top, and it will look as though there was never a tear at all.


<LI class="step ">2Using a leather needle or some other type of very strong needle, sew the tear back together with a very strong nylon thread. Purchase these at a fabric store. Hold the pieces together and double over the thread. Apply seam sealer to the visible threads inside the top. Seam sealer can be purchased at a local camping store. This will help protect the thread that is exposed to the elements.



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<LI class="step ">3Place a piece of old fabric--preferably fabric from an old soft top or an old bikini top--to the inside area of the tear with E600 Glue. Make sure that the material is at least an inch bigger than the tear on all sides.


<LI class="step ">4Iron an iron patch to the soft top, but be careful if it is used on the outside of the soft top. You need to exercise caution with this step because the material around the tear may melt.




Read more: How to Fix a Tear in a Jeep Soft Top | eHow.com How to Fix a Tear in a Jeep Soft Top | eHow.com
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i have an issue if someone can help i have a pavement ends soft top.were the soft top lays on the top of the windshield on the outer corners it had been glued at one time what glue would work the best thank for for any help i will put pic on
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #21
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Google The Black Hole Patch its for portable Ice houses but works great on Jeep and Convertible tops matches a black soft top really well!
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:18 PM   #22
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Seam Grip and/or Tenacious Tape

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:13 PM   #23
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put patch on used for portable ice holes called the black hole patch matches top great
it is self adhesive so very easy

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