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post #1 of 6 Old 08-06-2020, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Protecting Soft Top Stitching Threads From UV and Cleaners Etc

Does anyone have ideas on how to preserve the integrity of soft top stitching threads?

I've replaced two tops over several years primarily because the top panel stitches had disappeared and allowed the top to come apart. One was barely 3 years old.

Ultraviolet radiation seems to eventually take its toll on these threads. The top material itself stays in much better shape than the small lines of stitching that hold everything together.

I am also pretty sure that cleaning chemicals for dirt and mildew also take a toll on this stitching. Chlorine bleach is probably a no-no. What cleaning solutions for serious work are friendly to the stitching??

Yes, I know that the most certain way to protect a soft top is to always park the vehicle in a garage. However, mine roosts outdoors 24/7.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-06-2020, 05:44 AM
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When I ran soft top I had to restitch several areas. The threads wear for many reasons- including dirt.

Anyways I had a gray top and used very careful and judiciously small amounts of gray polyurethane caulking applied by finger tip. Leaks gone, thread integrity preserved.

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I wonder about using something like seam sealer that is intended for tents. That or a poly u coating to spread over the thread seams to soak them and protect them.

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On second thought, polyurethane likes to yellow in UV light.

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varnish also cracks and peels

[size=3]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
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