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I have seen many posts about the back glass coming unsealed from the convertible top. How I feel your pain!


Several months after purchasing my 04 used and not under warranty, I experienced the same thing. And I was told the same thing by VW and a specialist that repairs convertible tops, "nothing we can do..you must replacce the whole top!"

I refused to believe I would have to shell out $3,000 for a new top, when the top was PERFECT, except for the back glass coming apart around the sides and bottom.

Sooooooooo, I started researching glues and such. Surely, there HAD to be a glue out there that would bond canvas to glass and withstand high temps (I live in Florida), humidity, and water. I was told by the experts there was no substance, except what they use to seal them at the factory.

DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found the answer, re glued my top myself (and I am not handy) and that was months ago. It is still holding strong, AND I managed to waterproof it too, so NO LEAKS!!!!

So, here's the trick. Go online and purchase Rhino Glue, industrial strength! The stuff is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I use it on everything now!

Use a small paint brush to apply (because it is very watery, like super glue). But it starts to set quickly. Un hook the top, start to open it and then prop it open someway (I folded up a huge comforter, and stuck it between the opening of the top and top of windshield. This is so you have the play you need in the canvas to work on the top.

Seal one section at a time. As you seal it, use something heavy to lay over the canvas where the glass meets it (I chose to lay a towel over them first, then I applied paver bricks to hold the weight pressure).

Once you have sealed all sections, let it set up for a couple of days before you put the top back up.

Then go and purchase black window seal. THIS is what will waterproof the glass AND makes it look more finished. If you don't apply it to perfect, no sweat, just take a razor blade and clean it up some.

This was a great fix for me, and under $100 at that!

I'll come back and include photos when I get a chance. Wish I had taken before shots, mine was 3/4's un glued.
 

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I hope that never happens to me, but its good to know it can be done - thanks!
 

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Are you talking about it coming undone on the inside or out?
I think outside. I just had that happen, and the dealer told me the same thing.

I want to see the results before I go the same route. I was going to go to a top place here in town to have them re-glue the glass.
 

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This is odd. I had the same thing happen yesterday (8-31-08) on our 2003 Beetle conv. Could this be more than coincidence. I checked a consumer's affairs site at:
consumer's affairs.com
and this was also reported as happening to a lady in North Caroline on 8-26-08. Could the glass adhesive be defective?
Anyone else had this problem?
 

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If it's coming out on the inside, there's a recall on the clips that hold the glass to the convertible frame. I had to have mine done twice on my 03 NBC. Since it's a recall, warranty isn't an issue. I haven't heard of outside peeling.
 

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Its not the headliner, we had to fix that too (along with BOTH rear window [email protected] several $100.00 each) The glass is separating from the top. It is glued(?) or bonded to the top and the seal has failed.
 

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Its not the headliner, we had to fix that too (along with BOTH rear window [email protected] several $100.00 each) The glass is separating from the top. It is glued(?) or bonded to the top and the seal has failed.
I'm glad you specified that and thanks for the fix. I'll watch mine very closely. One question: Mine is not readily available now, but if the glass is attached to the conv. top, what's the purpose of the clips? Just to attach the assembly to the headliner?
 

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i had the same problem with my window/top. i used aquarium glue to fix it. Its Waterproof. Its holding up really well, i fixed it back in march. takes 24 hrs to dry. But i didnt do that great of a job so it looks a bit crappy. I havent tried making it look better since i fixed it - just havent had the time.
 

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NBC rear window fix

Thank you for your advice about Rhino Glue. The entire rear window glass on our 2002 NBC was unglued. I ordered the Rhino Glue online and took my time gluing and pressing section at a time. After the rhino glue dried, i used some regular clear silicone glue and ran a thin bead around the seam between the glass and top. It has worked well and does not leak (Which is a good thing here in Central Florida during our summer thunderstorms!).

This may not be a long term fix, but it is holding for now and is an awful lot cheaper than buying a new top. I guess I would have about $20 total invested in this repair.
 

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I'm dealing with the same issue. Will check the CA link. May try the Rhino glue as well...any updates??
 

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How resolve back windshield coming un glued

This was great information. Can you tell me where to get the Black window seal?
 

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Also in Central Florida

I am about to attempt a similar procedure this weekend. I will be using U-Glu adhesive strips because I'm scared of messing up with the Rhino Glue. I'll update to let you know how it goes. :cool:
 

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The rear window on my 03 NBC has unglued itself from the top along the top edge. Entire rest of the window seems fine. I was going to attempt to reglue it. Has anyone tried Marine Goop? It is rated well, super strong and waterproof. I have not used it myself but am trying to decide on my glue of choice to do this repair.
 

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After poking around a bit and speaking to several people in the industry I was pointed to a 3M product called Marine Adhesive sealant 5200. It comes in different colors but I chose black as my top is black. The stuff is crazy strong and requires special removers should you botch the job but it remains plyable even after curing. It takes about 3 days to set up, they recommend 7 days til fully cured but in speaking to marine professionals 3 days and its rock solid. Its not cheap, 3oz rans $12.99 but still a deal vs a new top. I glued it two nights ago and am waiting a couple more as it has been hot and humid here in FL, even in my garage.
Will keep you posted.
 

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Thanks so much for this info. My 2003 convertible-rear window also came unglued and in the process of a fix thanks to your "how to". So many people have had this happen.
 

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Hi:

I have seen many posts about the back glass coming unsealed from the convertible top. How I feel your pain!


Several months after purchasing my 04 used and not under warranty, I experienced the same thing. And I was told the same thing by VW and a specialist that repairs convertible tops, "nothing we can do..you must replacce the whole top!"

I refused to believe I would have to shell out $3,000 for a new top, when the top was PERFECT, except for the back glass coming apart around the sides and bottom.

Sooooooooo, I started researching glues and such. Surely, there HAD to be a glue out there that would bond canvas to glass and withstand high temps (I live in Florida), humidity, and water. I was told by the experts there was no substance, except what they use to seal them at the factory.

DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found the answer, re glued my top myself (and I am not handy) and that was months ago. It is still holding strong, AND I managed to waterproof it too, so NO LEAKS!!!!

So, here's the trick. Go online and purchase Rhino Glue, industrial strength! The stuff is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I use it on everything now!

Use a small paint brush to apply (because it is very watery, like super glue). But it starts to set quickly. Un hook the top, start to open it and then prop it open someway (I folded up a huge comforter, and stuck it between the opening of the top and top of windshield. This is so you have the play you need in the canvas to work on the top.

Seal one section at a time. As you seal it, use something heavy to lay over the canvas where the glass meets it (I chose to lay a towel over them first, then I applied paver bricks to hold the weight pressure).

Once you have sealed all sections, let it set up for a couple of days before you put the top back up.

Then go and purchase black window seal. THIS is what will waterproof the glass AND makes it look more finished. If you don't apply it to perfect, no sweat, just take a razor blade and clean it up some.

This was a great fix for me, and under $100 at that!

I'll come back and include photos when I get a chance. Wish I had taken before shots, mine was 3/4's un glued.
Thanks so much for this info. I have a 2003 convertible that the rear window also came unglued. In the process of a fix thanks to you.
 

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ues rhino glue- i did it a year ago and still holding water tight solid.

-open the top half way, hold a 8 galloon storage tub in between the windshield header and top header. close until the tub is held
- this holds the top open half way without stressing the hydraulics.

-clean your seperated top window surfaces with alcohol.

-apply glue to the window
-fold loose top behind window, then slide a small plastic clamp over the area to be glue on front and folded behind cloth in back and clamp. work your way around the window doing a section like this about 3-4 inches at a time
- let each section dry for 15 mintues before you move to the next

when done, leave the top like this over night

then close it the next day and have an assistant spray water from a hose on back window to check for leaks- glue where necessary

clean up extra glue with a fresh razor blade

now that the window has had time to dry check the headliner

if your headliner came out, use clear silicone around the inside of the window seam and also in the headliner retainer groove, pop it back in place evenly with the top in the close position. leave your top closed for a day for the silicone to dry.

now stand back and smile

and for god sakes- you own a convertible, put your top down. if you drive more than 25 % of the time with your top up, im sorry but you need to sell your convertible and get a hard top.
 
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