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Old March 18th, 2012, 08:22 AM
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Michael Christian
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Screwing with the $&/! Tops!

I called yesterday the spring season is officially here, I started in on taking the top off of my truck to exchange it for the Surrey top. I was doing everything right, I laid it out in the sun, cleaned the cage, had help and a beer in my hand. I got to the last strap to pull and, yes, I ripped it! $&?!, hate that I did this. I guess a 15 year top should not last forever but damn! Anyone ever have any luck with a vinyl catch kit or sewing it straight up? I'll have to shoot a pic of the mess I've made. Oh well!

Also I purchased a custom waterproof cover for the truck last year and it doesnt seem to repel water as it did new. Is there anything that you know of that I can spray or wash it in to enhance the water repealing? Sort of disappointing that it has only taken a year and water is seeping through.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Rick Newman
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I have used a waterproofing product from "Panther Primitives". They make custom canvass tents/awnings. They also have a cleaner that has worked very well. Check web for the site. They might be able to help out with the *@$#* strap issue also.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Dennis Lynch
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Let's see. What is the name of that manufacturer of tops??? They are on the Cape.......
Oh yeah,

Seriously, they make the best tops around hands down. I don't know of they can help you out specifically with your problem, but if you buy one of their tops, it will be the last one you buy.
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