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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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2013 Wrangler Soft top fabric patch?

Does anyone know where I could find some of the same fabric used for the soft tops on these wranglers? I have premium fabric from what I was told by the dealer.

If you guys haven't seen my previous post, some punks cut a 12" slash in my top yesterday night.

I cant afford a new top and my insurance has a $1000 deductible before anything and i just cant afford it. So ill just have to patch it myself. If anyone has any knowledge on some fabric, please let me know!

Thanks!

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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I would check out a local tent and awning supplier. They often have fabric and repair kits or facilities...and, park inside if you can.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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I would check out a local tent and awning supplier. They often have fabric and repair kits or facilities...and, park inside if you can.
I may have have do some calling around to find someone like that.

Right now im at work and have duck tape on it... Pisses me off...
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Unread 10-30-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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Sucks.

Black hole patch is supposed to be good.
Although I don't know about premium top fabric.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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It's white/grey Inside, so not premium top, patch should be good.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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It's white/grey Inside, so not premium top, patch should be good.
Well I just want to make sure but I called the dealership and gave them my VIN number and they said it was premium fabric...
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Unread 10-31-2013, 11:05 AM   #7
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I would check out a local tent and awning supplier. They often have fabric and repair kits or facilities...and, park inside if you can.
Any Marinas near you? A buddy of mine had his repaired at a local marina (here in Florida) for $300. Worth a shot!

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Unread 11-04-2013, 10:34 AM   #8
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Any Marinas near you? A buddy of mine had his repaired at a local marina (here in Florida) for $300. Worth a shot!

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Eh not for $300. That's a little steep for a patch even.

BUT what I did do was stop by a hot-rod repair shop to see if they had some material and they did. So the owner just gave me a piece of convertible material.

Went and bought a can of 3M Spray adhesive. Which this stuff is almost impossible to pull apart from and so I made my own patch and glued it and that about it!

Can cost me $25 and that's all I spent.

Its temporary until I can afford a hardtop.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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As post #5 states, you don't have the premium fabric, you have the standard sail cloth. Below are actual pictures of the inside of each of the two type of tops. Top left is standard and bottom right is the premium fabric.top-fabric-comparison2.jpg
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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:53 AM   #10
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Temporarily, I put Black Gorilla Glue Brand duct tap on my Jeep's top that got a gash in it. It is the same top as your's. I put this tape on it 3 years ago. It's still there and no leaks... One strip on top and another underneath..While your gash is bigger than mine, I know this will work better than normal duct tape.

http://www.gorillatough.com/index.php?page=gorilla-tape

This was my temporary fix until it worked so well I said damn just forget it.
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Eh not for $300. That's a little steep for a patch even.

BUT what I did do was stop by a hot-rod repair shop to see if they had some material and they did. So the owner just gave me a piece of convertible material.

Went and bought a can of 3M Spray adhesive. Which this stuff is almost impossible to pull apart from and so I made my own patch and glued it and that about it!

Can cost me $25 and that's all I spent.

Its temporary until I can afford a hardtop.
For permanence simply add another inside on the bias (main cordage 90 degrees to outside patch cordage)
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Unread 11-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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This is what my patch looks like. I used the 3m super yellow trim adhesive.

Ive used this stuff on vinyl before and when I tried to rejove it from a box I made it was almost near impossible to pull off.
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Do you have enough leftover to put another patch on top?? I feel like water will get in between your patch and the top and start to mess with the bond...
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Do you have enough leftover to put another patch on top?? I feel like water will get in between your patch and the top and start to mess with the bond...
I do yes but the adhesive is moisture resitance but also have a silicone repair kit im gona use to fill the crack and is water proof. Also will give it the professional look still like there was never a cut and will finish it off with my can of scotch guard.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #15
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Rounded edges on patches prevent the weak-point of a 90° corner, so if possible trim the corners off.
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