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Convertible top Did the gorilla glue work when you repaired your rear window? My top is separating from the window and I need to try something soon. Would you do anything differently next time? Thanks -Lyzz

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  • lyzzard Nov 10, 2008

    I'm going to start on this project tomorrow. Thank you so much for your help!
    -Lyzzard


  • magic24 Jan 03, 2009

    I have a 2003 convertible vw beetle. I have had the same problem. My husband tried the gorilla glue and so far so good. However, remember that this glue foams. Some of the glue got on the cloth part of the top. This is not an attractive sight. I need some suggestions as to how to get it off. HELP!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    i have the same problem, i like the idea of using gorilla glue!

  • elubel Mar 24, 2009

    I wanted to know how you clamped the fabric to the window in order to get the glue to cure. Is Gorilla Glue just that good that it forms an instant seal and doesn't need a clamp?

    Thanks in advance. I am so frustrated with this Beetle. I won't ever buy another VW!


  • Daryl Schneider Mar 27, 2009

    Same problem. Which Gorilla Glue product is everyone using on this? They have several adhesives in their line.

  • edbohannon Apr 13, 2009

    I have an Audi A4 Cabriolet convertible and the glass rear window just came unglued at the bottom and sides. Audi tells me there is no solution to this problem. The appears to be a couple of things to overcome the hardest of which will be how to clamp the window to the top while the glue sits. Anybody have a solution? Thanks, Ed in Hilton Head

  • lyzzard May 28, 2009

    Okay, sorry it took me so long to post again. The first try was a huge success with no leaks and a tight seal but today I found that the OTHER half of the window has separated. I have gone through all the steps again and will find out this evening if it all worked.

    As far as the clamping, this is what worked for me:

    I got the area all cleaned and prepped (removed all the old adhesive from the glass for a clean surface), then put painter's tape on the glass and the fabric of the top to limit the amount of exposed surface that I don't want glue to bond to. Once all that was prepped I painted on the glue. for clamping, I stuffed that back window of my car with pillows until they pressed against the window pushing it outward. Really cram them in there. I covered the back window with a trash bag (in case there is any seepage I didn't mind if it got on the plastic bag) Then I put about 50-80 lbs on top of the window with most of the weight concentrated on the edges. (I rolled up towels and put them directly over the edges so they would carry most of the weight)

    It worked the first time. Here's hoping it'll work this time too :)

    -Lyzzard


  • lyzzard May 28, 2009

    oh, and as for which gorilla glue I used, I have no idea what makes this one different from the others but it says it bonds "stone, wood, ceramic, glass..." and it worked pretty well.

  • Daryl Schneider May 11, 2010

    Heather wrote a great description of what she did. Gorilla Glue makes many products. I am still trying to get an answer to which product they all used??

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It worked. Still very stuck with no signs of coming loose and I did it about a month ago. Just dont use too much and apply it with a little paint brush like an artist would use. You can always add more, but if you use too much, it will look messy. I used a little much in two places and when it expanded, you could see the yellow foam it makes at the edge of the fabric. But I just shaved it off with a razor blade and it looks fine. After doing the outside, gluing the glass to the fabric, i also glued the headliner in place as well. I lowered the top a few inches to take the pressure off, and put just a little glue in the track around the inside of the window, then put the edge of the headliner in the track. Left it overnight and it has not come loose since. I think getting this headliner reattached is important cause the headliner actually pulls the glass against the fabric top, which takes pressure off of the glue holding the window in place. In retrospect, maybe if i had fixed the headliner earlier, the window might not have come unglued in the first place. Shame on VW for not dealing with this issue better. Replacing the entire top is ridiculous!

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