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Old 03-08-2006, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default Rear window glued to cloth top?

I noticed that the cloth material bordering the outside bottom is no longer affixed to the glass. About 80% is loose.
I havent noticed any water leakes, but would like to know if anyone suggests glueing it back together. Any ideas how? What type of adhesive? Thanks.
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:37 PM   #2
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I've got the same problem on my '97... I've had two other verts in the past and hadn't noticed it on either... ttt
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Any silicone that is cloth friendly and wont stain will work fine. It wont matter if it leaks there because your catch rail inside the car is supposed to cath the water and drain it out of the car.
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:40 AM   #4
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I really recommend you stay away from silicone and go for
the black urethane windshield glass adhesive that you can
get from auto glass shops. That will give you a lifetime
bond (like it or not) as long as you have decent surface
prep. Silicone is a pretty weak adhesive, if there are
exceptions it'd be good to know how to tell because my
experience with adhesive silicones is, "not very" and "not
for long under stress".
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I dont believe a the cloth around the back glass is going to see any stress. And silicone on cloth creates a strong waterproof bond therefore it would work fine. And if you have ever been to a professional upholstery shop or top install shop you will see that alot of them will use silicone to seal things like this.
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Just when I thought nobody would answer my question.. boom a few responses. Thanks.

Do replacement soft tops come with new rear glass or is the old glass transfered to the new top? The reason I ask is that if the glass is transfered then I'll probably use silicone at first.
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You can order the new top with the glass or without, its about 360 with glass and about 250 without. Check out A A Best Co on ebay.
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Dustin,

I've seen you recommend both DAP contact cement and silicone to rebond the rear window to the top. Has one relaced the other as your recommended bonding agent?
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:39 AM   #9
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I still say, get the black polyurethane windshield adhesive,
mind your prep (so it will stick where you want it) and
masking (because it -will- stick where you don't). Not
weatherstrip adhesive, talking the real industrial stuff
from a windshield / glass shop.

Once you get silicone into the fabric you can pretty
much forget anything else sticking to the fouled surface.
Even "paintable" silicones are a bit slippery, plain-old
is pretty much like mold-release, forget it.

A tube of more-than-enough should set you back $12
or so I expect. At that price there's no reason to half-***
it.

http://www.midwayautosupply.com/deta...tion.asp?11554

http://www.midwayautosupply.com/deta...ption.asp?1250
(this looks like the one I remember using)

Haven't seen any sponsors selling window goop so I figure
these links are OK. Just Google for "windshield adhesive"
and turn up plenty more.
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I just used Gorilla Glue. It's a urethane glue as well. My window was seperated from the canvas at the top of the glass. I propped the top half way open and worked from the back seat. I used 4 C clamps, a 1X2 board and 4 2" chunks of scrap 1X2. If I have to do it again, I'll get some scrap rubber weather stripping or something and put it between the glass and the wood for a steady pressure across the clamping area.

I applied a very light film of the glue to the cloth section and carefully positioned it in the correct location on the glass. Then I clamped the 1X2 to the glass for clamping pressure. The glass is curved so be very careful. Also the 1X2 will want to shift when you clamp it. But it seems to be holding up very well so far over the past week with ~ 1,500 highway miles at 65MPH and above.
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Yup he is right use auto glass urethane it will work perfectly have done it several times, I am a glassman..
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I just noticed in my convertible that the top part of the canvas is coming loose from the glass window as well. Great info guys! Off to get some auto glass urethane adhesive.
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Try not to make a mess with the stuff it does not like to come off what it touches!
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It's also called Gorilla Snot.
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if you do as jimmyblue suggested, your rear windshield is REALLY going to STiCK to your convertible top. i had problems with my 2001 V6 convertible (R.I.P.) top separating from the glass and after one application of that black goop, i never had to pay attention to it again.
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Gotta try this one too.. the top of mine is seprerating. Glad to see a definitive answer of what adhesive to use. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-12-2007, 04:56 PM   #17
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I had my rear window tinted and the guy ripped the bottom...the seam and now the bottom part of my window is just hanging there. I tried to use that black urethane, but I can't pull cloth far enough up to get it to the window.
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Glassman at shop had me clean surface with window cleaner let dry and the I used a bead of window urethane. It sticks really well an doesn't leak. I used silicone the year before and it pretty much peeled right off.
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Urethane is holding up perfect for mine. My whole top edge was peeling off. Been on there a week and its still holding strong.
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Can this glue also be used to secure the top to the bows ? Mine is loose all around the rear window AND it has ripped free from the bows, so it looks like the balloon-mobile going down the highway.
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