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Unread 04-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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soft top repair?

i just noticed tonight that i have a small tear starting in the top of my soft top!!! we being as i cant afford a new one right now is there any way of patching it? thanks in advance

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Unread 04-03-2012, 01:05 PM   #2
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how large is the rip? if it's small and unnoticable you could try to use duct tape from the inside to hold you over... my soft top is from '09 so i havent had any problems yet, so dont hate my duct tape idea!
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Unread 04-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I have heard if people sewing it back together and using some sealent to seal it back up. I have a big rip in my top and plan on doing this.

Also i know you can take it to a boat shop that works with canvas and they will repair it fairly inexpensively
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Unread 04-03-2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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If you want to do it yourself, I have seen repair kits for sale and even heard of people using convertable repair kits.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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I got these iron patches a few weeks back and they worked great. Easy to easy and so far so good. Somewhere on this site is a write up for them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002762VH0/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details

Iron-On Heavy Canvas Patches 5x5 2-Pack: Black

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take it to a local boatshop. they can sew a patch over it for super cheap.
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Go into any camping store and buy a "Tent repair kit" Ensure its for a canvas tent. It comes with everything you need and more all for under a 5$ bill.
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liquid rubber works well on small holes too.. dryes clear most times and stays flexible.. ooor iron on patches.
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i just noticed tonight that i have a small tear starting in the top of my soft top!!! we being as i cant afford a new one right now is there any way of patching it? thanks in advance
I had a soft top rip on my last Jeep TJ (97) and I took it to a marine store Charleston SC- big one sold repaired boats. They have these giant sewing machines to make canvas to cover expensive boats. They repaired my top hella cheap (80 dollars) and it was stronger and better than the stitching on the rest of my top. Granted that was 10 years ago but you can give it a shot. They took it off the frame and replaced it as well. To them it was no big deal it seemed and it was almost too small of a job but they did it with a smile.

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Stitch across the rip using a sewing awl then clear or black Shoe Goo over the top.
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second the boat shop
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3rd the boat shop
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Top repairs

I found two options for quick fairly rugged repairs:

1- For small tears Gorilla glue applied to a cut piece of rubber (innertube, gasket blank). Clean the tear, smear GG onto the underside of the top and the rubber, hold down from above the top and from under on the rubber for five minutes or so, done. Watch out for excess on your hands, or you'll be part of the patch. I've used GG for wetsuit repair and it was good up to four inch slices, still working. Top repair is 2 months in, still dry.

2- For plastic inserts above doors, at tub rails, and for all canvas seams the solution so far is from Michaels. I asked for heavy duty needles (explained the issue) and the sales person recommended sinew. I pulled enough sinew through large needle (about 30") to sew with. Then, knotted the end, and pushed the needle through first section of plastic (carefully, best to find an existing hole otherwise they break), and went around the outside edge and repeat equally spaced threading. At end loop and pull a knot tight to tie it off. One frayed and I applied a drop of GG to lock it in.

Hope this helps...
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:38 PM   #14
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I had a large tear in mine. I got a patch and sewed in in on the inside and put some silicon on it. Still holding up more than a year later.
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