How to Fix the Vinyl Top of a Car

by Stephanie Temperino

Repairing vinyl convertible top of your vehicle does not need to be a stressful project to take on. Without having to remove and replace the vinyl altogether, a fairly simple patching technique can be done. Be sure to have all materials ready before beginning to speed up the repair process.

1

Wash and dry the surface with soap and water to remove all dirt and buildup.

2

Cut the frayed edges off from around the torn area.

3

Measure the size of the hole to be repaired. Cut the vinyl patch to a size that is at least one inch wider than the damage all the way around.

4

Apply a thin layer of vinyl adhesive to one side of the patch using the paintbrush. Both sides are the same, so it does not matter which is glued down.

5

Hold the patch over the damage before pressing it down. Firmly apply it over the hole, making sure the extra vinyl is glued to the existing vinyl.

6

Allow at least 24 hours for the vinyl adhesive to dry completely before using the convertible top.

Items you will need

About the Author

Stephanie Temperino is a freelance writer in New York City. She specializes in finance and technology topics. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2009, Temperino holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance.

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  • photo_camera side of convertible image by Christopher Nolan from Fotolia.com