How to repair tears in canvas tops

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How to repair tears in canvas tops
Reparing a torn convertable roof can be done at home, (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Falling branches, the weather and general road debris can result in tears in a car's convertible canvas roof. This compromises both driving enjoyment and the security of the vehicle. Major damage may require a new roof to be fitted, which is an expensive job, but smaller tears can be quite easily repaired at home with a few basic tools. It is important to remember this method will not make the tear invisible, but will be good enough to keep the car waterproof.

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Things you need

  • Curved needle
  • Strong thread or fine wire
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Replacement canvas
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Cross-stitch up the tear in the roof using a curved needle and the thread or wire. Using the cross-stitch pattern provides the best result, because it forms the most secure join between the canvas edges.

  2. 2

    Attach masking tape to the inside of the roof underneath the tear to prevent the adhesive from dripping inside the car.

  3. 3

    Spread adhesive over the stitching from the outside to fully waterproof the tear. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

  4. 4

    Cut out a piece of replacement canvas to a suitable size using scissors. The canvas should be only slightly larger than the tear in the roof so the joint looks natural.

  5. 5

    Remove the masking tape from the inside of the roof and sew the new piece of canvas over the tear. Fill in the holes made by stitching with the adhesive and allow to dry thoroughly.

  6. 6

    Smooth out the edges around the new piece of canvas using fine grit sandpaper.

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