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.


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


Cut the frayed edges off from around the torn area.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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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