Wow, that's great.
I called 3 top shops today and none showed interest in anything but
replacing the window and curtain. I'm not surprised but I wanted to
The problem is worse t han I imagined. I hadn't had the top down
since I noticed the problem and it made a big thump twice when I
lowered it, then one more time when I raised it again. They scared
It turns out the window is so far forward it gets caught on the upper
rear edge/corner of the back seat. When the cloth was attached, it
was like a ramp. The second time I lowered it, I was in the
back seat, I went in little steps, and I pushed it back when it got to
the seat back. Going up I went slow, but if this doesn't get fixed
right away, I'll make some sort of ramp for putting it up.
This is great. My friend runs a ministorage, and gets all sorts of
related or semi-related catalogs in the mail, and when I called her
she suggested Uline. I think she's bought from them. She had already
given me an old catalog. Had I ordered before 6 today, they would
have delivered it tomorrow.
The white color doesn't clash with anything?? Regardless, I think it
would with my car, because some of it will show. (The rear window
opening in canvas top bows up and shows some of the curtain above the
Yours is only 44 dollarrs plus shipping, but I thought clear would be
better for me, and it's 91 dollars plus shipping... No, somehow you
found 36 yard rolls, and I had only found 72 yard rolls, but now
starting with your page, I found a 36 yard roll for 50 dollars.. By
now that sounds cheap.
What do you think about this stuff? Should it work just as well?
This stuff, the 4910 it says is good for "Transparent materials;
Yours says it's good for "Metals, glass, plastic.".
Also, this is 40 mils, and they also have in 20 mils. Do you
think thinner be better, or not as good?
**Still 91 dollars is better than the 650 the shop wanted for a new
rear window and curtain.
You're right, I could even make money (but I'll never do it. I'm good
at saving money but not so good at making it.)
Good idea. Baltimore is on the Chesapeake Bay
The autoshop is a good idea. too.
I'll call tomorrow. ( Maybe not, since it's only $50 now.)
It's supposed to rain Thursday, and unless I find it at a local boat
or autoshop, I can't fix it before then, but I found when I'm parked I
can stuff a big garbage bag between the top and the rear curtain,
overlapping the opening, that will keep the rain out. I already know
that when I'm moving, the rain blows over the car, doesn't even get
the back seat wet when it's raining, so I only have to worry about
being stopped at red lights. I can avoid that for one day. Maybe if
I go slow, I can even drive with the garbage bag hanging out a few
BTW, I spent a lot of time on the web and found on Ebay two people who
bought big rolls and made small rolls, just like you suggested, that
they sold for 20 dollars or less, but they were either white or grey.
Thanks a lot.
BTW, all the tapes on this page have model numbers starting with 49.
49nn, that is. But I see some other tapes marked 9460PC that are
called VHB transfer tape, whatever that is.
Some that are called acrylic foam, some of which are marked clear!
I'm makiung progress on ebay so please don't waste your time googling,
but if you know the answers to my questions, that would help a lot.
Thanks a lot.
P.S. A lot say "[PRICE is per ROLL]" because I'm sure people think
they'll get several rolls for the price. ;-)
I've used that on my shoes.
The stress on the window is pretty high, and they are pretty heavy
I know exactly how you feel, but I've got Chaniarts. I'll try to
post in about a year to let you all know how it works for me.
I only asked one shop so far for a pirce and it was 650 for the rear
window/curtain, and 1710 for the whole thing. a 2000 Toyota Solara.
Maybe Baltimore is in the high rent district.
Where do you liive that even your high prices are so much cheaper?
it's not listed for that application, yet if you get it on glass, you
have a devil of a job getting it off. so i guess we're down to whether
or not we're actually speaking from experience rather than reading from
a non-manufacturer website, and the definitions of the word "stick".
I always had vinyl before, but I have no imagination so since this car
came with canvas, that's probably what I'll get, eventually.
I'll call more when the t ime comes. Since she was on the phone
already, I just wanted to be reassured t hat 100 dollars for tape is
still a good deal. (and tonight I found only 36 yards instead of 72.
I figure if a rear window starts to fail at 11 years, than 36 yards at
one yard per car will last me 393 years.
I've been to Florida. You have a lot more sun than we do.
That's IF the 3M tape will work. You would think if there was a way to
repair the glass on these tops when they fail that the top/upholstery
shops would repair them. EVERY person that I spoke to told me the same
thing, "the glass and top is laminated together when they are made, and
we have no way to do that". There is at least one company now that is
making tops and giving a lifetime warranty on the glass coming loose. It
is a company called UltraMaxx http://www.gahh.com/ultramaxx.php .
That's right. If it doesn't work, it will last me even longer.
Shops don't want to do a job that might fail soon, because even if you
warn customers, a lot of them will complain. They prefer to do the
job the way they know will work.
When the pipe broke off from my cat. converter, every muffler shop I
went to in my n'hood wanted to install a new cat. No one would weld
the pipe back on. So I went half way to t he center of town, to a
lower middle class n'hood, or upper lower class. (It's hard to tell
because the commercial street looks a bit run down, but the street
with the houses a block away looks nice.) and the first muffler shop I
went to was happy to weld it for me, put two beads all around the
pipe, and charged me iirc 30 dollars. I gave him 40. His repair
lasted for years, until I got rid of the car for other reasons.
So that doesn't mean this tape will work, but that shops don't want to
do it doesn't mean it won't.
I'll bear this brand in mind, in case I need a window. (I had a back
up plan in mind if this tape doesn't work on my car (maybe the window
is taller and heavier than for a Corvette) but now that I find the
window bumps into the rear seat back, my back up plan isn't as likely
BTW, it says that with glass windows, sewing was out of the question.
At the start, sure, but by now, can't they make a window with a row of
holes around the perimeter?. Then sew the canvas on. That would take
the strain and some lightwieght glue could glue some fabric over the
if it was tempered (and a previous post said it was), holes would be a
stress point and would shatter pretty easily during normal service if
anything hit it around that edge. you'd need to have rubber inserts on
the holes to prevent that.
rubber is used to prevent stress concentrations from the fastener, not
so much that they themselves are the problem.
now, the holes /can/ be a problem, but there are rule as to drilling
method, size and placement that pretty much remove risk. i forget the
numbers now, but as you say, you have to keep certain distances from
edges, use holes above a certain size relative to glass thickness, make
sure hole edges are smooth and that they don't get overly stressed.
done right, you'll not notice any difference in service strength.
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