Originally Posted by Steve
I have been thinking, to get a few more years out of it before replacing the whole thing to have a second sunbrella top laid and stitched onto the old top. Very simple and should eliminate leaks for a few years till I get the entire thing redone.
Anybody had this done?
Comments, suggestions always welcome
I've seen this done once and have to say it wasn't particularly attractive.
The "patch" was not full coverage as that would require removing and redoing the edge binding - so they did it slightly smaller and turned the edge under on the patch. Color didn't match and it looked kinda like a blow-out patch.
I've seen many tops you could see daylight through that lasted a few more yrs w/ kind treatment - restitching - and a good job of water repellent treatment. Are your leaks actual holes or just sunlight visible between threads.
If the later a good water repellent treatment might give you some addn'l life. I've used some liquid seamsealer similar to what Aquafarm mentioned along seams / stitching where they were leaking. I applied it to the inside to avoid any spotting / irregular look on the outside..
If it's the former I have so say I'm w/ CrustyChief - better to have a new top made now - side panels later if they are still good. Also agree it would be hard to find a canvas shop that will do "patching"... most don't want to bother as they usually have plenty of new work. That's the primary reason I bought myself a machine and started doing my own canvas work...but that was before I bought our current boat that has NO Canvas! and loving it - Lol
I put a file in the Library - Misc
- Sunbrella Cleaning & Care
that includes some tips on using 303 water repellent which is what Sunbrella recommends.