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Old 05-04-2009, 06:22 PM
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Torn Soft Top

anybody know any good fixes for this? I called a upholstery guy, he told me he couldn't do much with tears, only seams that have come undone. The top's 5 years old, and I hear they generally need to be replaced every 3-5 years. dunno if that accurate or if that's the 4WD catalog trying to make money. anyway, i'd rather not have a hideous patch if I can help it. any ideas?

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On my IH Scout II I used a patch only placed it on the inside versus the outside, then used a clear colored epoxy on the outside. It didn't stand out like a sore thumb but could still be seen. Just an Idea...

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:29 PM   #3
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Try another upholstery shop, or a place who specializes in boating canvas I'm sure they could fix that right up for you.
It might have to be patched though. Maybe they can patch it from the inside so it doesn't show too much.
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The Tear

It is very doable...This repair can be done at home with low fuss & low stress.
Get a spray can of 77 (spray Adhesive) and a piece of black canvas (Duck Cloth). Tkae the top of you your jeep, lay it flat on open space and spray glue on top and on fabric swatch (piece of cloth)...
Wait for a bit and then stick the two together. The more picky you are with place ment the better it will look. I'd do the patch from the inside. If you have access to a sewing machine of durable quality I'd recommend usin it to reenforce the patch.

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Old 05-04-2009, 07:50 PM   #5
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If the upholstry shop wants too much to sew the patch try a shoe repair shop. They are usually very cheap and have machines to sew leather.
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duct tape ftw!!!

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