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Old 05-30-2013, 05:37 AM   #1
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Top fraying in small spot...help!

I recently bought a used 2012 Rubi...practically brand new...only 6000 miles on it...and I got a SUPER deal.

The original owner ordered it with the dual top package. I am not sure if Jeep does this or not, or if the owner did it, but the soft top was on UNDER the hard top. Because of this, the soft top rubbed a bit on the edge of the header on the inside of the back of the hard top.

It's not a big by any means (about the size of a pencil eraser), and it did not rub all the way through, but it is a tiny bit frayed. I obviously don't want this to fray more, but I am a bit concerned, especially because it is right on the edge of the front of the header, right where it catches all the wind while driving.

So....my question is, is there something that I can apply to this that will LAST and NOT affect the appearance in anyway, while at the same time, STOPPING it from fraying more.

I can post pics later if need be.

Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated and as always thanks in advance for all the help...folks on this forum and top notch!

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:01 AM   #2
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I would try clear finger nail polish. If it sticks out color wise use a sharpy marker or marks alot to color. I had a spot on my TJ that was worn and I used the clear nail polish to stop the fraying. I tried black silicone to fill hole but it would peel off after a couple of months. So I then tried black Form A Gasket and it worked ok but it peeled off after a few months. But the nail polish kept it from fraying and the top was still pliable.

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:23 AM   #3
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I thought of that...and thought of super glue as well. But wondered if either of those would be too harsh on the fabric and either discolor it or damage it more over time.

I have used a non-fray application on fabric before that can be bought a fabric stores, but I don't know if that will last and withstand the beating it will take in the wind.
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...fraying-45567/


I am really surprised that I haven't found something specifically made for this....
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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A pic I the fray would help. My suggestion would be tent seam-sealer, without actually seeing the damage. I would pull the two sides together and use Gorilla Tape on the inside to secure them, them seam-seal the outside. I did this with a rip on the driver's side of mine. Has held wonderfully for over a year now.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:58 AM   #5
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A pic I the fray would help. My suggestion would be tent seam-sealer, without actually seeing the damage. I would pull the two sides together and use Gorilla Tape on the inside to secure them, them seam-seal the outside. I did this with a rip on the driver's side of mine. Has held wonderfully for over a year now.
It's not that big that it would require that. I will try and post a pic later. It is VERY minor...more like an abrasion that has some of the fibers of the canvas fraying....doesn't look bad. No one would even notice it unless they were looking or was told, but again, my concern is the wind/time.

Will post pics later.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:26 AM   #6
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My first thought was superglue, but a quick google suggests that it can have a pretty nasty effect on fabrics. Clear nail polish isn't a bad idea, but I don't know if the chemicals might have the same impact. If it's just to prevent further fraying, how about a little bit of clear silicon sealant? That stuff's waterproof, flexible and pretty much inert.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #7
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I had a "mishap" last week. I finally got around to using this:


and this:



Note to all...if your sunrider is not fully sealed, don't try to unlatch it, and re-latch it while driving down the street at 40mph. If you are not holding it down, the wind will catch it, and blow it back into sunrider position really, really, really hard. Hard enough to put two small holes in a brand new premium top simply from the force of the impact rubbing the fabric against the fram bow. Ask me how I know....
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Try Shoe Goo, its flexible and sticks to just about anything...just make sure the spot is clean.
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Here is a pic of it....hard to tell. Like I said it really is minor, I just don't want it to get worse and have to replace a top after the year. BTW the white "stringy"
thing you see peaking out from under the lip is stuff the the tree not fraying. It's all that little spot on top.

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I like the Shoe Goo suggestion best of all, as long as you can be sure it will dry black or clear. It's designed to work with fabric and rubber, and it's designed to be strong, waterproof and flexible.
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I like the Shoe Goo suggestion best of all, as long as you can be sure it will dry black or clear. It's designed to work with fabric and rubber, and it's designed to be strong, waterproof and flexible.
I might try to pick so of this up and test it on something similar. I am assuming I can grab this at a hardware store??? Or like Meijer or Walmart...yes?


Thanks again guys. It seriously just needs a minute dab of something on it to protect it.

The only good thing that WOULD come of this thing getting worse, would it would give me a reason to get an aftermarket top with a fastback look....
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So I couldn't find black Shoe Goo any place locally. I just placed an order online for tube of the black. I will post an update of how it goes when it arrives.
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The black shoe goo worked like a charm! A little dab did me!

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