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Targa top torn - how best to seal?

Other than re-covering my top, how can I best seal a small tear (<1") in my vinyl?

I think I tore it with an ice scraper. I just need to seal it against the elements until we get some nicer weather and I can re-cover it.

Black silicone?

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I've seen vinyl roof repair kits in auto stores, but you might match the grain better with some imitation leather material from a fabric store. Or so my wife tells me. I'm not secure enough in my masculinity to go in a fabric store.
If you're replacing your skin, have you considered converting to a hardtop? I've got JMPRO's top and it will not tear.
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I had a similar problem with mine - about 1/2" cut. I used some vinyl glue from home depot or lowes. I don't recall what it was called but it came in a tube like superglue. It seems to be holding up ok.
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Mark,

Is the tear accessible from underneath when the top is released from the hooks and clips ... and ready to fold? If so, I would recommend glueing a patch underneath of at least 4" x 4" dimensions [6" x 6" or larger would be preferable] of similar-weight vinyl with 3M Weatherstripping Cement #8011 -- the black kind, not the yellow! Let the cement set for at least four hours with the frame in the relaxed state ... with all bubbles or wrinkles worked out and without tension on the material. You will know the patch is successful if when fully tensioned, the tear doesn't try to spread open or open up ... and if it doesn't lengthen after a week's exposure to the elements in normal use!

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Unfortunately, the tear is about dead center in the middle of the top, so it's not easily accessible. I honestly don't mind driving the car with an ugly patch on it for a couple of months until we get some warmer weather in which to re-cover the top, so whatever I do will probably be from the outside anyway.

Stopped by Lowes yesterday. They had nothing to repair vinyl with. At least their customer (dis)service people had no clue. I looked around and found nothing.
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Mark,

I'd second Warren's suggestion on the 3M Black Weatherstripping Cement. I had the same problem as you have and it worked well and almost blended perfectly as to color. If the slit is large enough you might be able to fold a patch in half and gently slide it inside the top under the skin and then apply it from inside. Drop a little glob of cement inside on the patch and then press the top skin down on it. Finish with a thin coat of cement on the outside of the slit. If you can't get the patch inside just a decent application of the Black cement should hold you for quite a while.
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Unfortunately, the tear is about dead center in the middle of the top, so it's not easily accessible. I honestly don't mind driving the car with an ugly patch on it for a couple of months until we get some warmer weather in which to re-cover the top, so whatever I do will probably be from the outside anyway.

Stopped by Lowes yesterday. They had nothing to repair vinyl with. At least their customer (dis)service people had no clue. I looked around and found nothing.
I recover my top last year and patching the cut from under the top is the way to go.

The "Headliner is not that hard to remove (not unless some PO went and contacted the entire headliner to the vinyly top). Even if you remove the headliner comepletely and patch from underneath, only you will know that there is no headliner and a patch under the vinyl top.

Patch it from above and everyone will know that the top has a patch (no concurse points).
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Install one of my hardtops
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Here's mine. The PO did this so I'm not sure what it is. I hope to recover it this summer.





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Mark--
I have some leftover vinyl that I used to redo the rear deck in my Targa last year. I don't know how well it would stand up to outdoors, but its yours for the taking if you're interested.
PM or email if you'd like it.
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Thanks Steve! Look for the PM.

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