How to Fix the Vinyl Top of a Car

by Stephanie Temperino
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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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Cut the frayed edges off from around the torn area.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6

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

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