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Old 09-10-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Soft top pinhole

My soft top has a tiny pinhole in it. It looks like it is where the velcro strip is sewn on for the side window. When it rains, i can see a small drop of water bead up on the inside, just aft of the side window. It is a very small leak but big enough to soak the inside of my jeep and make it stinky. I have searched the forum for soft top repair but have only found mainly posts about sewing holes in soft tops. Does anyone know if there is some sort of wax or liquid adhesive or something like that to use to repair this tiny pinhole?

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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What about seam sealer like what is used for tents? It's worth a shot. It comes in a bottle with a roller ball or such and you just roll it across the seams. Just make sure the seam is clean before rolling it on. I don't see why if it works for a tent it wouldn't work in this situation.

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:32 AM   #3
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That's sort of what I'm looking for. I guess it's probably cheap enough to go pick up at a sporting goods store and give it a try. Thanks for the quick reply!
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There's some stuff called "Seal-All" -- get it at Home Despot, probably Wally World, for $3 or so for a small tube. It works like a contact cement, but if you let it dry all the way, it also is a seal-coating. It dries clear, or maybe a little yellowish.

The only shortcoming is that it's NOT UV-resistant, so if it's exposed to sun, it will harden and crack.

If the top's black, another option is "Liquid Rubber" -- same stores, plus car-parts places. It's a black neoprene paste, about as thick as vaseline, dries matte black. I've used it to patch pinholes in camera bellows. I believe it IS UV-resistant.

BTW, the seam-sealer I used on my tent last year dried clear in thin coatings, but whereever there was a drip, it dried whitish.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:20 PM   #5
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I used a vinal repair kit goo from advanced and worked great to seal a few leaks and was under $5
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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Just squeeze a little clear silicone caulking into the pinhole and push it through/pack it in with a putty knife, butter knife, or similar. The same type of clear silicone caulking you'll find in the caulking aisle of your local hardware store.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:44 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies/suggestions yall!
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Clear silicone is the best and cheap
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:19 PM   #9
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I hit it with some clear silicone. I'll see how it does next time it rains or when I wash it.

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