How to Repair a Cut in a Vinyl Soft Top

Written by william zane
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How to Repair a Cut in a Vinyl Soft Top
A torn top can make a convertible less valuable and not as attractive. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most convertible cars come with tops that are made of vinyl, which is easy to fold when the top is placed in the lowered position. One of the problems with vinyl tops, however, is that the vinyl can easily become torn, cut or ripped. In addition, vinyl tops can wear out over time from being raised and lowered, further contributing to the wear that the top experiences. Rather than spending thousands to replace a top, it may be possible to repair a tear in a vinyl top with a piece of vinyl and some glue.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Upholstery thread in the same colour as your top
  • Curved Upholstery needle
  • Tape
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Canvas or vinyl in the same colour and finish as the top
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Put the top in the "Up" position and latch it so that the fabric is pulled tight. Locate the cut or cuts that need to be repaired on the top.

  2. 2

    Sew the rips or tear along the entire length of the tear with the sewing needle and the upholstery thread. Make sure the tear is sewn as tightly as possible and that the stitch is straight.

  3. 3

    Place a length of tape on the opposite side of the tear, which will be on the inside of the car. Apply a layer of the upholstery adhesive to the seam that was sewn in Step 2.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of the canvas or vinyl that overlaps the tear by about an inch on either side. Use the sewing needle and the thread to carefully sew the patch to the top so that it completely covers the seam.

  5. 5

    Apply seam sealer to the edge of the vinyl so that no water or moisture can seep through the repaired tear and into the interior.

  6. 6

    Remove the tape on the opposite side of the repair that was used to prevent the glue from coming through the repair.

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