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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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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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.
Originally Posted by wmpiehl
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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.
<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.
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