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Old 04-26-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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My top is in great shape except for the plastic wondow. Anyone here ever cut out the plastic and put in a new one? How did you reinstall it? Where did you get the plastic?
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A guy local to us just replaced his glass window with some kind of marine grade clear plastic. Looked really good.

The rear window is a separate piece from your top. Remove your rain rail, the two phantom rivets behind the seats and unzip it and take it to someone who can replace the plastic.
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Andifier(sp?) just installed a new one recently. Perhaps he can chime in. I think he used marine grade plastic and stitched it on over the window hole.
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A guy local to us just replaced his glass window with some kind of marine grade clear plastic. Looked really good.

The rear window is a separate piece from your top. Remove your rain rail, the two phantom rivets behind the seats and unzip it and take it to someone who can replace the plastic.

That's what I plan to do, but I was hoping I could buy the material myself and maybe hot glue/silicone it in?
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TBH I would be worried about silicone/hot glue holding up. Its been my experience that even though it will 'stick' to plastic and vinyl, it doesn't really 'bond' all that well. I bet the first time the material bunched up it would peel apart. Modeling glue might work a bit better if you are set on using an adhesive though. It actually melts the plastic when its applied and bonds quickly.
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That's what I plan to do, but I was hoping I could buy the material myself and maybe hot glue/silicone it in?
Take it to someone. There is someone local who has the skills and works out of their truck/van for cheap. Find them and you'll be set.
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That's what I plan to do, but I was hoping I could buy the material myself and maybe hot glue/silicone it in?
I scored some vinyl from a fabric shop and used "marine glue" in a blue tube from Lowe's from the inside. I used paint mix sticks and stapled through it told hold it tight. After that dried I went from the outside of the window and ran some clear silicone through it and its water tight. Its been like this 4-years now and its still water tight, not faded, and baller. I wish I had used the smoked/tinted vinyl they had at the fabric shop though.
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I scored some vinyl from a fabric shop and used "marine glue" in a blue tube from Lowe's from the inside. I used paint mix sticks and stapled through it told hold it tight. After that dried I went from the outside of the window and ran some clear silicone through it and its water tight. Its been like this 4-years now and its still water tight, not faded, and baller. I wish I had used the smoked/tinted vinyl they had at the fabric shop though.
And that's why you are the mac daddy.
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And that's why you are the mac daddy.
Actually, I'm baller because you're going to have the 1st tinted rear window on a miata.
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Ive wondering about this a few times. Seems like most people just buy new tops even if the top is flawless and the windows crap. Keep us updated?
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Actually, I'm baller because you're going to have the 1st tinted rear window on a miata.
I already was, I had some cling tint on my window before it got all fucked up.


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Not affiliated and I've never seen them used so I can't comment... but you can get them here for $60 shipped.

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Not affiliated and I've never seen them used so I can't comment... but you can get them here for $60 shipped.



Damn, nice find man. I just might do that.
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