Soft top; Rear Foam Seal - How to Replace.

6 years 5 months ago - 6 years 5 months ago #17689 by David Aiketgate
When I lifted the rear of the hood I was reminded what a sad state the foam seal was in! Disgusting!


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6 years 5 months ago #17690 by David Aiketgate
I decided to replace this mess, but didn't want to use the same material as I thought it would deteriorate in a similar manner. I found some VELCRO in the local DIY store (the packaging was damaged and it was going cheap!)and so I thought that the loop side would be perfect to replace the foam seal.

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6 years 5 months ago #17691 by David Aiketgate
The first thing was to remove the old seal. I used a chisel to scrape the remnants off the metal.

You will be left with the adhesive to remove, and I used some spray adhesive remover to clean it off, Leaving you with this.

David
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6 years 5 months ago - 6 years 5 months ago #17692 by David Aiketgate
I rubbed the metalwork down and sprayed it with black paint, to tidy it up.

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6 years 5 months ago - 6 years 5 months ago #17693 by David Aiketgate
When the paint had dried, I applied a coating of contact adhesive to the metal.

When the adhesive was tacky I began to apply the velcro tape.

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6 years 5 months ago - 6 years 5 months ago #17694 by David Aiketgate




Definitely an improvement, and I hope the velcro will last better than the original foam.

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5 years 2 months ago - 3 years 1 month ago #41014 by Leigh Ping

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5 years 2 months ago #41015 by Petesmgf
Well I wish I knew about the T Bar 12 months ago when I replaced the seal on my soft top.

Bought the replacement foam from Rimmers & was hellish expensive for what it is.

Soon after found a similar product in ScrewFix for a fraction of the cost

As they say hind sight is a wonderful thing, lesson learnt - dont just jump in until researched the subject.
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4 months 2 weeks ago #174275 by Keymaster
This is on my list of jobs to do when I get a dry spell of weather. I have been looking for a suitable alternative to the foam strip and wandered if the Velcro has stood up to the test of time seeing that David had originally installed it over six years ago.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #174277 by David Aiketgate
It's still as good as the day I fitted it. :yesnod:

David
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4 months 2 weeks ago #174339 by Keymaster
That's great David, Thank you. Definitely an improvement on foam rubber. I will get enough for both the Tf and the F, better not do one and not the other. :clap:

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3 months 3 weeks ago #174885 by kdupke
What I have used some years ago is some self-expanding (but compressed delivered) band of foam as used for buildings (like seal a window). This is available in various sizes, the thinnest is 1-3mm thick (1compressed, 3expanded).

Please make sure you open the 'wheel' with the band just shortly before using, or it will be already expanded.

regards,
kai
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