Mr. Trim

Mr. Trim Five Star Premium Top Restoration Service

This service includes:

Free 10 point convertible top system inspection including water test while you wait.

Careful removal of existing convertible top, rear window, weather strips, bow pads, straps, headliner (if applicable) well-liner and all fastening systems.

Inspect exposed framework and operation to identify areas that may need attention.

Prepare and remove rust from frame.

Adjust frame to factory specs and paint, if required.

Lubricate framework.

Replace tack strip as needed.

Install new bow pads with proper spacing.

Install rear window assembly.

Install convertible soft top.

Install rear well-liner.

Install convertible top boot cover.

Final check of top operation with new components installed.

Clean up of vehicle (inside and out)

Extended Service:

Free annual top clean and check with appointment.

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Replacement of Convertible Tops

The convertible top on a modern car is a complicated, sophisticated, high-tech system. Installation of replacement car convertible tops is always a many-step, detailed, sometimes tricky process. Installation times in some models can run as high as seventeen hours.

Because it is complicated, replacement convertible top installation is not a car service like performing smog tests where one test station is much like another. Yet we often get calls from people “price shopping” for the lowest price. They are making a “penny wise pound foolish” mistake. Not all top installers are the same. Any upholstery, body or mechanical shop can attempt to throw a convertible top on a car. We see the results of bad work all the time – tops that look terrible, tops not fitted properly, screws and bolts not installed, tops cut, etc. A low price can be offered when shortcuts and/or cheap quality tops are used. The buyer will only discover a problem later when their top does not last. In some cases, improper installation will foul up the top operation, resulting in expensive repairs down the road.

At Mr. Trim, we install replacement convertible tops on new and old cars, foreign and domestic. We do not use shortcuts. We use only high-quality tops and properly install each top to manufacturer specification. We guarantee our convertible top workmanship 100% for life and replacement tops for their service lives. We can do this because:

We know what we are doing. Each year we install several hundred convertible tops on a wide array of car models. Further, we are the convertible tops installer of choice for dealers of high-end brands like Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Corvette and Mazda.

We use only quality replacement convertible tops. All our tops are made of the original (or better) materials to OEM dimensions. All our replacement convertible tops come with manufacturer warranties.

We fit each top to manufacturer specs. Properly fitting the bows, straps and pads lengthens top life by minimizing wear.

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The replacement market for car convertible tops has a wide array of choices. At Mr. Trim, we offer buyers quality replacement tops in different grades of material and colors at several price points. Please visit us in Downers Grove so we can go over your options in detail. While you wait, we can offer you a 10 point top system inspection to identify your restoration needs. No appointment is necessary and estimates are free.

Convertible floor carpet wears out quickly due to sun exposure. Ask about a top and carpet pricing package.

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Top 10 Stupid Convertible Tricks

1) Refusing to read the owner’s manual regarding proper operation of and maintenance on the convertible top.

2) Attempting to put the convertible top down while the car is moving.

3) Rubbing the plastic rear window without removing the “grit” first.

4) Attempting to operate rear window zippers without taking tension off first.

5) Continuing to press the electric top switch when the top is clearly not working.

6) Installing large stereo speakers in the top boot.

7) Leaving the top down all the time.

8) Throwing skis into the rear seat area of the convertible.

9) Regularly taking convertibles through automatic car washes.

10) Buying cut-rate convertible tops on the internet.

Common Convertible Top Problems

The following is a list of the most common problems that crop up with specific convertible models. These problems often occur over time with these models, but could also result when new material is installed on a convertible’s top frame.

Audi Top frame and micro switch adjustments

BMW Top frame and micro switch adjustments; bending rear frame linkage; control modules; front weatherstrip, headliner kits, tension straps

Chevrolet Camaro Broken frame members; rear hoop seal

Chevrolet Cavalier Frame adjustments; window adjustments; major water leaks; drain problems

Chevrolet Corvette Frame adjustments; rear-hoop weatherstrip; top shrinkage in rear

Chrysler LeBaron Frame problems; top latches, leaks; drain tubes; wear on quarters

Chrysler Sebring Frame problems; top latches, leaks; drain tube; rear defroster tabs

Ford Mustang Top wear in quarters; rear window separation; water leaks; window adjustments

Jaguar Top frame and micro switch adjustments

Karmann Ghia Rotten wood; frame components; leaks

Infinity M30 Frame operation after top installation; window adjustments; leaks

Mazda Miata Damaged rear window zipper; clogged drain lines; rain rails

Mercedes Top frame and micro switch adjustments; rear seal replacements control modules

Mitsubishi Eclipse Frame problems; rear window defroster tabs; headliner design at rear window; wind noise; leaks; front and rear window adjustments

Nissan 300ZX Broken frame rails; leaks

Pontiac Sunfire Frame adjustments; window adjustments; major water leaks; rear tack strips

Porsche Top frame and micro switch adjustments; drive cables; control modules; broken frame rails

Saab Top frame and micro switch adjustments; control modules

Toyota Celica Bent balance links; bent window regulators; frame problems; top motors

Toyota Solara Frame rattles; wind noise at windshield

Volkswagen Rear window frame, wind noise at windshield; leaks at top frame weather-strips

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946 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-0424