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Old 06-24-2009, 07:16 AM   #1
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Soft Top repair

I've got a small tear beginning on my soft top, right next to the plastic lips on the passenger side. I'd rather not replace the entire top for something that's half the size of a dime, so I'm thinking about how best to fix it. What do folks here recommend?

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:13 AM   #2
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I got tears on both sides of mine right at the doors... It seems like it's put together wrong or something. Every time I put the top down it puts a lot of stress on them and is pulling them apart. I wonder if I'm taking it down wrong or something?!? Oh well. I have seen on here a few times where people are recommend small fishing line, then needle and thread it back together. Never tried it but it seems like it'd work well.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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Also try using silicon sealant, after threading it back together. Will make that spot waterproof again.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:12 AM   #4
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I'm about to tackle that same issue this weekend. I'll let you know what solution I come up with... I get kinda McGuyver with this stuff!
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This is how I've been doing mine -> Lowering a TJ Soft Top
and my tear is basically right where his left thumb is in this picture except on the passenger side. I'd be interested in any solutions you come up with.

Superglue would seem to be too rigid. silicone would seem to be too flexible to last. I was hoping for some sort of sailcloth rubberized goop to put on there.
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This is how I've been doing mine -> Lowering a TJ Soft Top
and my tear is basically right where his left thumb is in this picture except on the passenger side. I'd be interested in any solutions you come up with.

Superglue would seem to be too rigid. silicone would seem to be too flexible to last. I was hoping for some sort of sailcloth rubberized goop to put on there.
ya that's pretty much exactly how i get mine off too. i picked up a best top that was in mint condition this spring for cheap, but i can already notice the stitching gettin loose at the corners where the guys fingers are. I've noticed that its best and easiest on the fabric to take it off and put it on when its still really warm and flexible. i had fishing line on my last one and it held up for a while untill the next spring, then it had to go.

when you have a garage and can keep the top down when it rains, it must definitely help out with the longevity of the top! Man I hate where i live.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:07 PM   #7
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and i've also been trying to think of some sort of product that could help out the stitching. so if you guys figure it out, definitely share the wealth
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:16 PM   #8
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Im not sure if this is just Bull**** but i searched on google for canvas repair and i find alot of things on boat canvas repair where they say you have to heat something but i have no idea what to do because i have rip too ha im about to attempt the fishing line trick ha

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Old 07-07-2009, 04:50 PM   #9
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I use to use fishing line (years ago) on tears in my wetsuits. I have found Nylon Sewing Line to hold far better and be waaay more flexible. Plus, the sun will make the fishing line brittle. I also did the same to my Bimini Top to my Boat. Get a Canvas Repair Kit.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:05 PM   #10
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what about reenforcing the botton of it with another piece of fabric and sew it together?
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what about reinforcing the bottom of it with another piece of fabric and sew it together?
I would. About two inches overlap on each side of the tear. And put a thin layer of silicone between... DONE
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what about reenforcing the botton of it with another piece of fabric and sew it together?
reinforce with color matched duck tape on the inside works great too. I used that on my 99 TJ.

My LJ had a 7" slit on the rear window and I used transparent duct tape on the inside, and my band's bumper sticker on the outside. Cant even tell now. LOL
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This is how I've been doing mine -> Lowering a TJ Soft Top
and my tear is basically right where his left thumb is in this picture except on the passenger side. I'd be interested in any solutions you come up with.

Superglue would seem to be too rigid. silicone would seem to be too flexible to last. I was hoping for some sort of sailcloth rubberized goop to put on there.
Bumping an OLD thread, I know, but I have a tear between the two channels, where his right hand is in this picture. It's about an inch. How can I go about repairing that? I'm a bit weary to put my soft top back on because I worry whenever I put the top down and up that it's gonna tear more...
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Some suggestions that I found online ...


1. Clean 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.

2. Using 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.

3. Place 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.

4. Iron 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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Old 09-09-2011, 10:22 AM   #15
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Hey guys.....I might have a solution. I have the cloth from my Mustang convertible top that got replaced. Perhaps a piece of it might help? The material is still in great shape and I'd think it could be used like a tire patch. Contact cemented into place followed by stitching it at the edges? I doubt it would work for a large tear, but small patches, I don't know why not. Heck you could even put a piece inside for wear prevention.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:12 AM   #16
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I remove my top kinda backwards sort of speak. I Unzip the windows first....Then pull the back out of the lips by the tire carrier. I just put some pressure on the back bow and they come out easy. Then I undue the frount with no problem or stress on the top.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:41 PM   #17
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The Black hole patch kit from JUST A SIGN Imaging made simple. Home of the BLACK HOLE PATCH should work its made for portable ice fishing houses comes in black and if you ask they will get white for you its a very strong peel and stick vinyl fabric good luck
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Patch and adhesive

I used tear aid and windshield urethane to successfully patch a hole. I placed the tear aid patch on the in side (follow manufacturer instructions). On the outside I used duct tape to outline the tear (like painters tape) and applied the urethane. The urethane is uv, water and wind proof. It is flexible and durable. For large tears I would consider using an old piece of scrap soft top or canvas as a patch, by sewing in place and applying an adhesive like urethane.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:26 AM   #20
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Soft top repair

Hi guys,

I am repairing my soft top also and I found a video on youtube concerning a glue used for wetsuits and else that look pretty cool. Anyone tried that? I bought a letter size sheet of repair kit that would cost me a fortune if I had to repair my top. This gel glue seems to do the trick though.
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I've used Black RTV to repair the edge of the top where the material has pulled away from the sewn seam. I squirt the RTV under the layer of material, then apply a layer of RTV over the torn seam. You can smooth out the bead of RTV with your finger. I've repaired several popped seams this way. The black RTV matched the black softtop when cured. The repairs were done 2 yrs. ago and are still holding.

I repaired a 10 inch crack in the soft door window using .020 thick clear PVC sheeting applied with the glue(cyclohexanol) from a swimming pool liner repair kit. I sandwiched the polycarbonate window between 2 strips of the PVC. You can tell its been repaired, but has not leaked or peeled bake yet going on 2 yrs.

I'll try to get photos of the repair posted later today.
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I am repairing my soft top also and I found a video on youtube concerning a glue used for wetsuits and else that look pretty cool. Anyone tried that? I bought a letter size sheet of repair kit that would cost me a fortune if I had to repair my top. This gel glue seems to do the trick though.
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Yep. I tried it. Did not work too good in the front corner where mine is ripped like the others! Maybe if you sewed it first but not alone. Or if it was a flat area on the top.. Save your money!
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I have the same tear issue, passenger side between the front of the top and the first body clip. I used a 2x2 inch piece of patching material and epoxy sealant...it stopped it from becoming worse (only a one inch tear so far) and is holding up great. I also reinforced the same place on the driver's side the same way as a precautionary step. Definitely agree that this is a design flaw. Still worth the trouble to own a Wrangler! Hell Yeah!!!!

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