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1997 328I BMW CONVERTABLE TOP

HELLO, I HAVE A '97 BMW AND THE STITCHING AROUND THE REAR WINDOW THAT HOLDS IT IN IS COMING OFF. IN FACT WHEN I BRUSH MY FINGER ACROSS THE STITCHING, IT JUST DETERIORATES. WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS? MY PLASTIC WINDOW IS ONLY HOLDING ON BY HALF THE STITCHING, HELP!!!

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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    The stitching was deteriorating though not so quickly as you described. It was gone for about half of the perimeter of the plastic window. On a 1994 BMW convertible.
    I sewed it together with a friend. It was laborious but worked. We used a plastic fishing line that has proven to be quite sturdy and a car upholstery needle.


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Some possibilities:
- Ultraviolet damage from the sun (many synthetics will last forever if not exposed to UV)
- Cigarette smoke. - Hair spray. 
Look for a shop that does auto reupholstery; they should have the necessary means to replace the disintegrating stitching. 

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