Cruising down the road in a convertible with the top down is one of the greatest joys in life. However, if you have a soft top with a hole in it, driving in foul weather is a miserable experience. If you have noticed that there is a hole in your vinyl convertible top, you can patch it fairly easy with a repair kit and a little knowhow. Here is an easy guide to fixing a hole in a vinyl convertible top.
Assess the Damage
The first step in the process of repairing your vinyl convertible top is closely inspecting the damage. If the tear is less than 12 inches long, then you should be able to repair the damage yourself with a repair patch from a Tear-Aid repair kit. If larger than 12 inches, a Tear-Aid 5-foot roll is a longer repair option. Once you have decided that the tear is small enough to repair with a kit, you can get to work fixing the hole.
Clean the Damaged Area
Once you have the proper vinyl convertible top repair kit, you will need to clean off the damaged area using rubbing alcohol applied with a lint-free cloth. Allow the alcohol to dry, and then use water and a lint-free cloth to clean the damaged area a second time.
Applying the Patch
After waiting for the water to dry, you will be ready to apply the patch that is included with the repair kit. You need to be very careful when applying the repair patch to make sure that it is centered over the hold and covers it completely. Once you have the patch squarely centered, apply it firmly to the tear. It will need to be applied from both inside and outside the convertible top. You may wish to have someone assist you with this step to make it easier.
The adhesive on the repair patch should be enough to hold it in place. However, for extra security or if you have a particularly large hole, you may wish to add some stitching to reinforce the patch. You can stitch the hole in the vinyl top before you apply the patch to add extra strength to the repair job.
There is no need to panic if you have a hole in your vinyl convertible top. All you need to do is get a good Tear-aid repair kit to fix the damage. Follow this guide, and the hole in your convertible top will be repaired before you know it.