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My 2004 VW Beetle, convertible top is coming loose around the edges of the back glass rear window as well as on the inside of the glass, inside the car. What adhesive should I use to re-adhere the cloth to the glass edges?

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Araldite ,epoxy resin two pack type adhesive

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