Fixing a tear in convertible roof
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    Just found a nasty rip in my hood and cant afford to have it fixed right now,has anybody got any repair tips that dont make it look too crappy from the outside?

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    Dave

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    Depends on what you mean by nasty is it a big gash but clean cut or is it a rough gash. I've had experience of both . I repaired mine using glass fibre cloth and windscreen sealant, Sikaflex or similar. You need to get to it from underneath so will probably have to drop the headliner. Unlatch the hood to take the strain off the material, tape up the hole from the outside, cut the fibre glass cloth to size and cover with sikaflex, apply to underside of hole and leave to cure. Easy as that.........well sort of. it's messy, the Sikaflex seems to get everywhere even wearing gloves. I applied Sikaflex to the outside aswell which didn't look very good but its only to keep the water out untill I replace the hood. Good luck

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    thanks for the tip, the tear is on the side just up from the petrol cap,if you know what i mean,so the repair needs to be fairly flexible.How flexible is that stuff u used I've never heard of it,can u buy it of the shelf in Halfords?

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    Dave,

    Sikaflex is a polyurethane sealant. It is very flexible and sticks like sh*t to a rabbits fur . You should be able to get an equivalant from Halfords or any good motor factors. You can do a decent job with it, it's just messy. Good luck.

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    Hi,
    What is glass fiber cloth?
    T.Medic

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    It is made from very fine fibre glass and looks more like cloth or thick paper than the heavy duty matting. Most auto part stores should sell it. Don't know if it called anything different in the states. Could also try marine supply stores.

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