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Well, it's reglued. I was referred to a guy that comes to the house with his truck full of goodies. The FIRST attempt was some gooey black stuff with the top propped open for 24 hours. That resulted in the top stretching away from the glass when it was closed. Fail.
The second attempt has lasted better. It was done with the top closed and he used stuff that dried hard. It sealed to the glass and the cloth, and is still holding, after two months. Fingers crossed.
Do you happen to have the info for this guy? Or would you not recommend him?
 

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Hi,

I've just glued the glass of the rooftop of my 2003 convertible (1/3 of surfaced was unglued). I've used Gorila Glue and it worked fantastic.
Some inshights about the process:
- for cleaning out the old glue open the top ~25 cm and fix it in that position (I used a shoe box btwn the top and windscreen :) )...in this way you have better access to clean the old glue...I used a cutter for the glass and sandpaper for the top material...afterwards I've cleaned the glass with sanitary alcohol
- before using the glue you need to wet a little the top material. Afterwards I removed the shoe box so the top was in almost close position (w/o actually closing it with the handle). You need to do this so the material will strech and will not have curbs after glueing it.
- I've glued portions of 20 cm (3 portions in total). Gorila glue is not an instant glue, and it strengthens in 1-2 hours, time in which it expands 2-3 times. The process is similar to a Polyurethane foam. You need to put some weights on the glued area (I've used a 20 cm flexible piece of wood (3 mm thick) to press the glued area and put weights on the wood). After waiting for 2 hours I moved to the next portion an so on.
- after 24 hour I removed the material in excess with the cutter. For finishing the work I need a black silicone to apply a thin layer over the glue to seal it. The glue acting as a Polyurethane foam makes air pocket holes inside and when I removed the material in excess this air pockets are exposed. The danger is that in winter if water gathers in the air pockets and afterwards freezes, it will weaken the glue and worst.

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Hi,

I've just glued the glass of the rooftop of my 2003 convertible (1/3 of surfaced was unglued). I've used Gorila Glue and it worked fantastic.
Some inshights about the process:
- for cleaning out the old glue open the top ~25 cm and fix it in that position (I used a shoe box btwn the top and windscreen :) )...in this way you have better access to clean the old glue...I used a cutter for the glass and sandpaper for the top material...afterwards I've cleaned the glass with sanitary alcohol
- before using the glue you need to wet a little the top material. Afterwards I removed the shoe box so the top was in almost close position (w/o actually closing it with the handle). You need to do this so the material will strech and will not have curbs after glueing it.
- I've glued portions of 20 cm (3 portions in total). Gorila glue is not an instant glue, and it strengthens in 1-2 hours, time in which it expands 2-3 times. The process is similar to a Polyurethane foam. You need to put some weights on the glued area (I've used a 20 cm flexible piece of wood (3 mm thick) to press the glued area and put weights on the wood). After waiting for 2 hours I moved to the next portion an so on.
- after 24 hour I removed the material in excess with the cutter. For finishing the work I need a black silicone to apply a thin layer over the glue to seal it. The glue acting as a Polyurethane foam makes air pocket holes inside and when I removed the material in excess this air pockets are exposed. The danger is that in winter if water gathers in the air pockets and afterwards freezes, it will weaken the glue and worst.

Best regards
I tried the original Gorilla glue that expands when cured and I clamped it down for 24 hours and it didn't stick to the glass. I even sanded the glass to make it rough and it still didn't stick. It pulled apart when I closed the roof. Now I have to figure out how to remove it from the cloth. :mad:
 

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I tried the original Gorilla glue that expands when cured and I clamped it down for 24 hours and it didn't stick to the glass. I even sanded the glass to make it rough and it still didn't stick. It pulled apart when I closed the roof. Now I have to figure out how to remove it from the cloth. :mad:
I honestly don't know why people are saying to use original Gorilla glue. I don't like it for this application.

On ours, I believe I used some black silicone RTV to seal ours back up. It was only pulling completely apart for a few inches along the top of the window. I filled up that gap and applied it pretty much all along the top edge in an attempt to prevent further separation of the glass from the top. Seems to be working o.k. so far.

It sounds like you've got more separation than I did. You might try auto glass windshield urethane adhesive. It's specifically designed to hold glass windows on cars.

Good luck as the only other alternative would seem to be replacing the entire top.
 

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Our company is based in South West Florida, we have been successfully regluing back glasses into convertible tops for a couple of years now. Several dealerships, not only send their cars to us but also customers who are experiencing the same problem. The problem is not just specific to bugs, but most convertible tops that have the back glass glued in. We have repaired just about all makes and models, the years seem to be 2003 to 2005. Call us 239 275 3747
Hi Buddi!

I'm up in Buffalo NY so won't be able to drive my bug to your shop in FL.. but am wondering if you could help maybe. I've re-glued the two sides and bottom of my VW glass to the soft top, but presumably due to shrinkage the top of the glass now has a 1/2" gap between it and the soft top.

Have you ever used additional top material to create a "patch" that would fill that gap? Glue to the soft top then glue to the glass? If you think this could work, do you have spare black top material I could purchase and use for this?

I've been using GOOP Automotive adhesive and it seems to be holding well where I've applied it.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi Buddi!

I'm up in Buffalo NY so won't be able to drive my bug to your shop in FL.. but am wondering if you could help maybe. I've re-glued the two sides and bottom of my VW glass to the soft top, but presumably due to shrinkage the top of the glass now has a 1/2" gap between it and the soft top.

Have you ever used additional top material to create a "patch" that would fill that gap? Glue to the soft top then glue to the glass? If you think this could work, do you have spare black top material I could purchase and use for this?

I've been using GOOP Automotive adhesive and it seems to be holding well where I've applied it.

Thanks in advance!
Someone else on this site got some matching color convertible top fabric and glued a strip of it over the gap at the top. From memory, they made a wide enough strip that they could glue it to both the window and to the convertible top. I am sure that this repair won't look all that great, but it's way cheaper than a new top. Good luck!
 

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Someone else on this site got some matching color convertible top fabric and glued a strip of it over the gap at the top. From memory, they made a wide enough strip that they could glue it to both the window and to the convertible top. I am sure that this repair won't look all that great, but it's way cheaper than a new top. Good luck!
Aside from a junkyard, where does one buy a small amount (strip) of matching convertible top fabric these days? I find it fascinating that every body shop who specializes in tops (including repair) refuses to consider that as a viable option. Each one just says "not possible to repair".
 

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Aside from a junkyard, where does one buy a small amount (strip) of matching convertible top fabric these days? I find it fascinating that every body shop who specializes in tops (including repair) refuses to consider that as a viable option. Each one just says "not possible to repair".
eBay, for one:

Not especially cheap, but still far cheaper than a new top. Also, you're never going to find an exact color match due to the old fabric fading. I'm sure this is one reason a reputable "top shop" will say you just can't fix them. If they did offer this service, people would just complain that the repair looked bad and try to take them to small claims court to get their money back.
 

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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.
My 2006 Vert came apart last Summer, my neighbor and I managed to glue it back, but it took a few tries. We used some special glue and it worked. It doesn't look good, but it is in and it doesn't leak. It will do until I can save up for a new top. :)
 
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