Tips on stretching the side panels in the back. I have fold/wrinkles.

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  1. Mike69barracuda

    Mike69barracuda Well-Known Member

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    I have the side inside metal strips removed to do a stretch. It's a vinyl top which looks good when it's cleaned up. my car is almost done........New AMd Qtr panels and trunk dropoffs and new RM Diamont paint.

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      Looks to me that you need to pull the front edge of the sail panels forward (toward the door) to get the wrinkles out. Just pulling it down tight will make them worse, and the wrinkles in the corners of the back panel show that you can’t adjust it that way.
       
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      This is what it can look like. This top was professionally installed over 20 years ago. 3420C30A-E07C-4F88-8793-4A5AEFB0E9B3.jpeg
       
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      Before you touch anything at all, pull it out in the bright hot sun and let it sit a while first. It may come out on its own. If not, it will be much easier to work with and you'll have much less chance of a tear.
       
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        That's good advice, in general. But I think from the arrangement of these wrinkles that slackening up in the heat will just make them more prominent. It's not that the sides are too tight, it's that they have slack horizontally and are in tension vertically.

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          It might shrink up, but I have my doubts. It looks to me like the installer didn't staple it to the side retainers correctly.
           
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            Hopefully this week we can get at it. THX everyone.
             
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            is the rear window and the bottom white piece separate? from the side sail panels that velcro onto the rear window? (all of mine were) if so make sure the front of the sail panel is in the correct position fore and aft. it looks like it's a bit short to the quarter window. then you can pull diagonally against the wrinkles in the sail panel (I'd fix that left side wrinkle in the window portion first though it is folded in pretty bad), spray some contact cement to stick it straight and put tack strip back on

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            Outstanding. THx for your help and efforts.
             
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            not a problem, I got schooled pretty hard about that same issue 2 weeks ago while helping to install a Lincoln 4 door convertible top. He (my boss)wasn't real nice about telling me either. That way it sticks I guess, I still have to do 2 more Lincoln and then I just might be able to bring my convertible in to get it put on after a years wait (free was/is worth it and I am learning what NOT to do:):))
             
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