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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

Can it be patched? Has anyone tried?

I love this top - It's a TTS top so it was expensive and I'd rather not have to buy and install a new one.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Robert R.
Austin, TX
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

rrankin wrote:
Can it be patched? Has anyone tried?

I love this top - It's a TTS top so it was expensive and I'd rather not have to buy and install a new one.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Robert R.
Austin, TX


If it tore easy it will likely tare again and again but it is at least a band aid. If it was tore because of "stuff happens" , carelessness, or other unfortunate reasons then patch it. I took mine off and had a awning shop put a nice patch on it. That was a waste of time and money because the top already had too many birthdays.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

Where is the tear (was it a seam or is there a small hole)?

https://www.tear-aid.com/

These guys make a good patch that will get you through the winter-you can pick them up on Ebay in different sizes.

You can go to a convertible top shop as well and see if they can repair it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

rrankin wrote:
Can it be patched? Has anyone tried?

I love this top - It's a TTS top so it was expensive and I'd rather not have to buy and install a new one.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Robert R.
Austin, TX


Should patch easily enough unless along a pressure point such as the front edge, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

Ok for $40 I got a functional patch to get me through until I can buy and install a new top.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

see if it was me.. being where that is tore.. Id put in a zipper & make it big enough to put a surfboard threw.. and say its custom option for surfers..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

We have seamlessly repaired soft tops, boat sails, and much more using

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

Take it to a sail maker. I've had complete panels replaced for less than $100.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

I would take it to an auto upholstery shop for an estimate. Most are very experienced with convertible tops in addition to seats, dash boards, interior panels, carpet, etc. They can most likely patch it or, depending upon the location of the tear, replace the affected panel of the top with a similar material.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Tore my top... Patch? Reply with quote

I keep Marine Goop on hand fro home brew repairs. It works great and can be nearly invisible if you applied with the top off the car. But if you have access to a good upholstery guy, that can be a great solution. I have a marine and golf cart upholstery guy. He does repairs for $40 hr. Not many problems he is unable to repair on an hour.
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