August 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm #234284
Not really an MG question but: The inside lining of my rag top is turning into a rag. The vinyl top seems to be a vinyl like coating that has been sprayed or applied (at the factory) on top of a canvas like base. This is the material that is very common on convertibles and even boats. The lining seems to be almost rotting away in places but it is most probably some combination of wear and sunlight when the top was down. The top really looks pretty darn good, fits the like new side curtains and it doesn’t leak. It fits like a glove. All’s well and I am hoping to avoid the $500 +/- for a new top.Do you suppose that I could contact glue some stretchy kind of material to the inside and gain a couple of more years use? I am talking about some contact type glue as used on automobile headliners etc. I wish you could see it because I know that my description is not very good. Please ask your spouses, – they may have a better idea.Thanks, RoyAugust 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm #251551Dan RosaParticipant
Roy I never thought of that, but it may be a good fix ,some good 3M spray and canvas may work good luck DanAugust 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm #251552
I really doubt that I could “glue” a canvas to the underside and make it look decent since it has virtually no “give”.I went and looked at headliner material a couple of hours ago. It is about 1/8″ thick 2 ply stuff with a fabric on one side and about 1/16″ foam. It stretches somewhat but only in one direction. I might be able to make that work.One of my friends suggested spraying the inside with a rubberized coating? The only thing like that that I know of would be undercoating.Any ideas comments?August 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm #251553Larry MurphyParticipant
Roy,The inside of my top was faded and mildewed . I used black spray bomb fabric spray .It looks good and it’s been three years since I did it. Could you peel off all the layer of fabric that’s seperating from the rest of the top material and then spray the inside ? I think I got the stuff at Oreilly Auto for under $10.August 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm #251554
Larry, that sounds like a great “what’s to lose” fix. If it does work, it should be easy and cheap. If it doesn’t, then I can try another more “elegant” solution. I’ll go up to O’Reilly’s tomorrow.August 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm #251555
Segue: Larry, just found out that my granddaughter (who is on the Va Tech Lacrosse team) will be playing High Point in Feb. That’s in your back yard isn’t it?Guys, just because I’m gonna try Larry’s fabric spray bomb idea, don’t stop with the other ideas. Many moons ago someone said to me: “You might be smarter than anybody in the room, but you’re not smarter than everybody in the room”. I don’t claim to be smarter than anybody in the TDreplica “room” somebody out there in the club usually has a better way to do it than I do. Those who keep this site going (Paul, take a bow) sure deserve a big round of applause.September 1, 2012 at 9:04 am #251556Larry MurphyParticipant
Roy, Yes , High Point is about 35 miles from me. If you get to her game ,perhaps you could swing by Reidsville. I’d be glad to meet you and show you my cars.September 1, 2012 at 9:14 am #251557
Larry, this is a bit too far in advance for me, but I will get in touch with you in Jan ’13. I look forward to a visit.
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