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Seam is coming "unglued" in my 2001 VW Cabrio Convertible Top

VW Cabrio's have a two piece top that is glued together. My seam is starting to come apart. Since my top is in great shape else wise, I would love to just get it glued or "something". Whats the solution?

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I replaced mine 2x on a cabrio 2000 in Miami. Then I went to a local upholstary store and they stiched the hood for approx $250.- it has been fine since.

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