leaking convertible top


fasteddie9
09-21-2004, 08:38 PM
I have a 96 spyder GS that started leaking water into the car recently. It's mainly in the rear passanger area and seems to pool up under the rear passenger floor mat. Ive done some research and this seems to be a fairly common problem with Spyders, so my question is does anyone have any ideas on how to stop the leaking without getting raped from a dealer whose probably not going to be able to fix it right anyway? I've heard about using silicone or scotchguard. Has anyone tried these and had success?

Shpyder
09-22-2004, 03:12 AM
the seals are out. Happened to my 98 spyder. IS happening to my 97 spyder. the seals right above the window collapsel try to manually pry them into shape... you just have to see where the seals bend in so that they let water thru, and then try to patch it up, or stuff that area with some other material...

Spyderman96
09-22-2004, 11:58 AM
I have a 96 spyder GS that started leaking water into the car recently. It's mainly in the rear passanger area and seems to pool up under the rear passenger floor mat. Ive done some research and this seems to be a fairly common problem with Spyders, so my question is does anyone have any ideas on how to stop the leaking without getting raped from a dealer whose probably not going to be able to fix it right anyway? I've heard about using silicone or scotchguard. Has anyone tried these and had success?
Having the same problem with my 96 Spyder.. I heard on another topic here that It would cost somewhere around $1k to do a water seal. :shakehead

96spyderman
09-22-2004, 05:22 PM
JUST USE SCOTCHGUARD!!! I DID!! AND IT WORKS!!!
Read the other post for the florida/rainy bad whatever it says......

Spyderman96
09-24-2004, 02:22 PM
Scotchgaurd it is..!!!!!

Better work or i'll go :screwy:

96spyderman
09-24-2004, 06:15 PM
Since I have done it it has rained like 4 times now and still...NO WATER!!!!!! I'm totally stoked!!!

spyderturbo007
09-24-2004, 11:47 PM
Can you tell us spyder owners exactly what you used?

96spyderman
09-25-2004, 09:30 PM
SCOTCH GUARD -- HEAVY DUTY CARPET PROTECTOR... got from grocery store

Shpyder
09-26-2004, 03:33 AM
ok so wait...what exactly do you spray the stuff onto? the seals themselves?

96spyderman
09-26-2004, 09:27 AM
nope spray it on the ragtop/canvas... I just did the top but you can do the underside also..
This kept the water from getting through and collecting in the rails..

spyderturbo007
09-27-2004, 10:09 AM
Did you get any overspray on the car?? Or did you tape it off? Did it change the color of the top such as darken or lighten it? Thanks!

toicy4ya
06-30-2005, 04:17 PM
"spyderturbo007, Did you get any overspray on the car?? Or did you tape it off? Did it change the color of the top such as darken or lighten it? Thanks!"


?????

spyderturbo007
07-01-2005, 08:38 AM
I never bothered doing this, so I can't help you out. I just bought a beater car and don't drive her when it rains or over the winter.

Sorry!

toicy4ya
07-01-2005, 02:15 PM
"spyderturbo007, Did you get any overspray on the car?? Or did you tape it off? Did it change the color of the top such as darken or lighten it? Thanks!"


?????

Spyderman, what about you??

treetopgirl
01-24-2006, 11:52 PM
i have a 97 spyder that is leaking. i had a new top put on july 2004 but the seals were not replaced. the auto top place says what's leaking is the seals and it is about $1100 to replace them.EEK!!

i think i know where the seals are. i am interested in the response about just looking to see where they are distorted and manually shaping them back to normal. could you please explain?

i dont know about scotchguard, does it damage the top? we have a LOT of rain here in Alabama and my spyder isnt garaged.

Shpyder
01-25-2006, 03:07 AM
Ouch. Resurrected thread. Welcome to the forums, please read the rules n shiz stickied on the main page.

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