A tear in a Jeep soft top does not mean a costly repair bill or an expensive replacement. A torn soft top can be more than an irritation while driving, especially in the rain. It can cause a distraction to the driver, thus creating a safety issue on top of being unpleasing to gaze upon. Repairing a Jeep soft top is a simple repair that can be done at home with the right materials and a little spare time.
Things You'll Need
- Soft clean cloth Aluminum waterproofing tape Latex paint
Several Simple Suggestions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips & Warnings
- Results may vary. The soft top may never look exactly the way it did before. Replacing it is always an option.
- Paint fumes are hazardous so be sure to ventilate the area well. E600 Glue is extremely sticky, if it comes in contact with skin, it's best to let it dry and peel it off.
- Photo Credit www.flixster.com
How to Service a Sun Roof in a Jeep Grand Cherokee
Performing routine maintenance on the sun roof of your Jeep Grand Cherokee will keep it functioning smoothly. Contact your local dealer if...
How to Repair a Convertible Top
Convertible soft tops can be easily damaged by vandals, tree branches and any type of sharp object contacting the roof. Replacing a...
How to Get Scratches Out of a Jeep Top
Jeeps are versatile automobiles because you can use them for both on- and off-road driving. In warmer weather, you can remove the...
How to Fix a Leak in a Jeep Wrangler Soft Top
Most Jeep Wrangler owners love the look and feel of their Jeep's soft top, but the canvas style of removable roof has...
How to Fix a Jeep Zipper
Jeep zippers need care in order to stay in good working order. Jeeps are tough vehicles designed to go off-road. There's nothing...