How to Fix a Torn Jeep Wrangler Soft Top

Jeep Wrangler is considered by many to be the most versatile passenger vehicle ever built.  Its legendary off-road capability makes easy work of the most extreme winter driving conditions, while on a beautiful summer day, you can take the top down and even remove the doors.

The Wrangler’s signature soft top has been a fixture of Jeep since its inception, staying true to its simple, rugged design despite countless upgrades over the years.  Because the Wrangler is meant to be driven in unpredictable all-terrain environments, it can be more susceptible to damage.  Replacement canvas accessories can be expensive and will likely have to be shipped, which may take weeks.  With a little time and the right materials, you can repair the tear yourself and avoid exposing your Jeep to the elements.

You will need:

  • A soft, clean cloth
  • Aluminum waterproofing tape
  • Latex paint
  • Leather needle
  • Nylon thread
  • Fabric closely matching the canvas material
  • Iron-on patch
  • E600 glue


1.  Clean the area around the tear in the canvas with a clean, damp cloth.  Allow it to dry. 

2.  Apply a piece of aluminum waterproofing tape (with black tar backing) to the backside of the soft top. Hold the tear together while you press firmly on the tape.

3.  Paint over the tape with latex paint that matches the inside of the soft top.

4.  Using a strong needle (i.e. leather needle), sew the tear back together with strong nylon thread.  Make sure you double up the thread to ensure it’s secure.

Nylon thread and leather needles can be purchased at a fabric store. 

5.  Apply seam sealer to the visible threads inside the soft top.

Seam sealer can be purchased at any home improvement store.

6. Place a piece of fabric on the inside area of the tear using E600 Glue, making sure the material is at least an inch larger than the tear on all sides.

7.  Carefully iron a patch to the exterior of the soft top.

Warning: This process should be completed in a ventilated area to prevent exposure to toxic paint and glue fumes.

Alternative solutions:

  • Contacting a local upholstery or marine sail repair shop
  • Purchasing a new soft top or canvas piece from your local auto body shop 


Source: eHow – How to Fix a Tear in a Jeep Soft Top

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