Sunmark has earned a stellar reputation in the automotive industry. We're the Eastside convertible top specialists. We install convertible tops and repair convertible tops. Do you need to replace a Mercedes top? Is it time for a new BWM top, a new Boxster top or a SAAB convertible top? Give Sunmark a call or drop by our showroom.
Leader In Aftermarket Convertible Tops
We install the best tops from the nation's leading aftermarket top makers: Robbins Convertible Tops and Gahh Convertible Tops. These premiere tops duplicate the original manufacturer specifications. They're fabricated from the finest canvas, vinyl and specially engineered fabrics. Most carry a minimum three year warranty.
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It's no accident that both Robbins and Gahh have designated Sunmark a Preferred Installer; industry leaders know that installing a top correctly requires special training and years of experience. The skilled craftsmen at Sunmark have installed literally hundreds of ragtops over the years — foreign, domestic, new and old. Don't be fooled by backyard installers and cut-rate shops. Click here to see what happens when a discount garage installs a top. It's not pretty.
Rear Window Replacement
Visibility can be dangerously compromised if your convertible top's back window is cracked or foggy. Fortunately, some tops are manufactured in two sections. If damage is limited to the back window – what carmakers call the "curtain" – we may be able switch-out that section without replacing the rest of the top.
That sort of repair is not possible for all convertibles, so drop by our shop for a quick inspection. We'll suggest convertible top window repair or window replacement options.
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New Top For Audi
New Audi Top
New Boxster Top
New Corvette Top
Mercedes SL 500 Top
Replace Miata Top
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New Top For 350 Z
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Nissan Convertible Top
New Top For VW Bug
New Top Mazda MX 5
BMW Series 3 Top
New Top For BMW Z8
Replace Convertible Top
Sunmark provides our Eastside customers with a full range of replacement tops. Whether it's a Chrysler Sebring convertible top, an MG Midget convertible top or a classic Mustang top, we know how to properly install it. Your top will look great and last for years.
Miata, Corvette & Camaro Convertible Tops
Vintage Convertible Auto TopsWhen you need an experienced professional to install Camaro convertible tops or it's time for a new Firebird top or Boxster top replacement call Sunmark or drop by our conveniently located shop in the Spring District. We're also the best choice to install Mazda Miata convertible tops, Corvette tops and VW replacement tops.
Repair Convertible Top
Our convertible top guys do it all, from Mercedes top repair to fixing convertible top motors and rear glass windows. If you have a top tear or a torn convertible top, our convertible top installers will fasten a temporary convertible top patch while you wait for a replacement top.
Convertible Top Materials
Replacement convertible tops are manufactured in a range of fabrics, colors and styles. We install premiere tops, from traditional canvas convertible tops to tops and headliners fabricated from the latest hi-tech materials.
Sonnenland® A5 Convertible Top Sample Colors
Twillfast® Convertible Top Sample Colors
Rain Rails & Rain Gutters
Most convertibles are engineered to automatically channel excess rain water into a vehicle's drain lines. Other cars, notably the Mazda Miata, require a separate part called a "rain rail" to do the job. The rain rail (below left) is a flat rubber strip wedged beneath the rear curtain. It guides runoff into rear drainage conduits. In most cases, we replace the rain rail when installing a new top.
Without Rain Gutter
With Rain Gutter
A rain gutter serves a similar purpose. A rain gutter is a ridge of fabric sewn into a convertible top just above the window. Rain gutters are a clever, unobtrusive means of channeling water away from an open door. With rain gutters, you don't have to worry about getting drenched when exiting a car in a downpour — accumulated water drains away from the open door.
Many replacement tops are available with rain gutters. For obvious reasons, they're especially useful in the Pacific Northwest.
British Motor Corporation launched the MGA Roadster in 1956. Three years later, the snazzier MGA 1600 was introduced. It featured a larger 79.5 horsepower engine and front disc brakes. The 1600 and 1600 De-Luxe were only manufactured for a couple of years in the early sixties.
1961 MGA 1600
Flawless MGA Convertible Top
Crystal Clear Rear Window
This cherry red 1600 is one of those cars. As you can see, it's still in mint condition. The new paint job and polished chrome are not the only reason this vintage car looks so great. Check out the replacement top we just installed. Thanks to our meticulous, steam-enhanced installation procedure, the top is flawless and the rear window is crystal clear.
New Top For Vintage Corvette
Vintage Corvettes are prized collectables. A '64 Sting Ray in mint condition is sure to turn heads — especially a car equipped with original parts. Original parts are crucial when restoring a Corvette because collectors value authenticity. Even the tiny warning tag sewn into a Corvette's convertible top is an important detail.
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Vintage Warning Tag
1968 Corvette Convertible
A warning tag may not seem like a big deal, but a top without the tag is no good. With that in mind, we made sure the replacement top we recently installed on a customer's vintage Sting Ray featured the rear window warning tag.
Automotive Icon From The 90s
Back in the 80s and 90s, the BMW 318i was a popular entry level luxury car. It was also among the first BMWs available as a convertible. This sporty Beamer is a great little car. Its clean design and advanced engineering are not the only reasons we love it. In our opinion, this 318i is equipped with the best convertible top ever manufactured by BMW.
Convertible Frame With Top Removed
Ready To Install New Top
After New Convertible Top Installed
There's nothing fancy about this one piece top. It's sturdy, simple and reliable. It's manually activated, not powered. It's not over-engineered with the latest bells and whistles, so there are fewer things to go wrong.
But, even the finest convertible tops have a shelf life. After 25 years, this Beamer needed a new one. The owner selected a durable, handsome cloth top manufactured by Gahh. It was an excellent choice; Gahh's after-market tops match or exceed quality standards for OEM tops. As you can see, the new top looks great on this classic Beamer.
1991 Miata Conversion Top
Most convertibles are manufactured with one style of rear window. It's either plastic or glass; you don't have a choice. Miatas are different. When your Miata needs a new top, you can switch from one style to another. For example, the owner of this '91 Miata wanted to upgrade from his vinyl top/plastic window to a cloth top with heated glass. He ordered a replacement top on his own, then contacted Sunmark for installation. Upgrading to a better top is a great idea. Ordering your own is not.
1991 Miata Convertible
Conversion Top & Heated Glass
Missing Installation Straps & Kit
There are several reasons why shopping for your own top is asking for trouble. To begin with, there are two types of replacement tops, premium tops and garbage. They may look alike, but unless you know the manufacturers, you could get stuck with a cut-rate top that won't fit, leaks or tears easily. If you buy a cheap top -- even if it fits right -- you'll be buying another one before you know it.
In this case, the car owner purchased a quality top. Trouble is, he didn't get all the straps, seals and other stuff needed to make the conversion from a vinyl top to a heated glass cloth top. He saved a little money on the new top, but ended-up waiting for parts and paying more to have it properly installed. It's a good idea to call us before spending money on a top that may come back to bite you.
Volvo C70 T5 Clamshell Top
The second generation Volvo C70 (2006–2013) came with a retractable hardtop; sort of a compromise between the earlier C70 coupé and soft top models. Clamshell tops -- rigid convertible tops which retract into the trunk -- are a marvel of automotive engineering. The three piece C70 T5 powered top is especially complex. There are dozens of parts and they're manufactured to narrow tolerances.
Volvo C70 T5 Clamshell Top
Convertible Clamshell Top
Reinstalling Clamshell Convertible Top
If properly maintained, a clamshell top should last a long time. This 2011 top is in excellent condition. Unfortunately, the car was sideswiped. In order to repair the damage, the top needed to come off. The body shop took one look at the clamshell and threw their arms in the air. They didn't want to risk breaking the top. Naturally, they called Sunmark. Our technicians removed the clamshell, then reinstalled it after the bodywork was done. Everything lined-up perfectly. Problem solved.
Car Dealers Call Us
Every now and then a brand new convertible is damaged before it's sold. The car dealer could send it back to the factory or repair it in-house. More often than not, they'll choose a third option; send it to Sunmark to have our experienced technicians fix it.
2017 Miata Convertible Top Repair
2017 Miata New Convertible Top
When this 2017 Miata needed a new convertible top frame, the dealership knew exactly what to do. They called us. Eastside car dealers are so impressed with the quality of our work, they'll select Sunmark in many cases over their own mechanics if they need seats, upholstery or convertible tops repaired.
In Pursuit of Perfection
When other shops install a convertible top, they limit their work to the installation itself. Many will do an okay job. The craftsmen at Sunmark don't settle for okay. Putting on the new top is just one component of our convertible top service.
Using only stainless steel fasteners, we make sure the fit is just right. We steam-out wrinkles, trim threads, replace bad seals, check for water leaks and more. If it's a power top, we double check the lift mechanism. Then, when everything looks good, we check the snaps. If they're scratched or the wrong color, we refinish the snaps so they match the top's fabric. In short, we do everything possible to ensure that when you drive off the lot your new convertible top is perfect.
Repair Porsche Convertible Frame & Motor
When the convertible top on this 933 malfunctioned, the Porsche dealer recommended replacing the entire top: the frame, the twin motors and the fabric. Instead of spending thousands to replace the whole kit and caboodle, the owner called Sunmark.
After inspecting the broken top, we identified the problem; the top's frame was warped because one of the servomotors mounted inside the rear interior panel had failed. When only one of the powerful motors is working, the uneven torque twists the convertible top's frame. If that happens, the top freezes. The Porsche dealership said it would be more cost-effective to replace the whole thing. Fortunately, the owner called us before handing his credit card to Porsche.
We repaired the 933's broken convertible top motor, serviced the one that still worked and straightened the top frame. Then we installed a brand new convertible top. That did the trick. Best of all the repair bill was less than half the cost of a brand new frame, new motors and the new fabric. Put simply, Sunmark saved the car owner thousands of dollars.
Every year we repair and service scores of Porsches and other expensive, high performance cars. We're committed to delivering superior service. It gives us special pleasure when we're able to help our loyal customers save money at the same time.
New Top For Classic Corvette Replica
Here's a CRC Corvette with a new convertible top installed by Sunmark technicians. This Retro-Vette is modeled after the last of its kind — a 1962 four-eyed 'Vette. The following year, Chevrolet redesigned the Corvette by adding those iconic hideaway headlights, among other features.
Classic Corvette With New Top
New Corvette Top
New Top For Corvette
New Mustang, New Top
When a brand new Mustang convertible was vandalized, the owner's insurance company recommended Sunmark do the repair. Insurance companies know that a damaged convertible top will look brand new after a Sunmark restoration!
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Mustang Replacement Top
Mustang Convertible Top
Custom Top For 280-Z
People sometimes do a double-take when they spot this 280-Z convertible. The reason? Nissan never made a 280-Z convertible; this is an after-market conversion. The first Z-class convertible was manufactured in 1993, largely in response to the lucrative after-market conversion market.
Because Nissan never made a 280-Z convertible, there's no way to order a replacement top. New tops have to be handmade. The owner of this Z had asked four other shops if they'd be interested in the project. They all declined. He could have saved himself some grief by calling us first. We love this sort of challenge!
Custom Made Top
A project like this begins by selecting materials for the top and the back curtain. On our recommendation, the customer selected specially treated Stayfast Canvas for the top. Stayfast is a durable, slightly textured canvas commonly found on Mercedes rag tops. The clear curtain vinyl manufactured for today's convertible windows is much improved over vinyl used to make the original top, but it's still easy to scratch. We urge customers to fold plastic curtains carefully and never use a dry cloth to clean them.
Rear View Vintage 280-Z
Side Windows Improved Visibility
With the materials in hand, the fabrication process begins. We don't want to bore you with all the measuring and cutting required, except to say that everything has to be precise. There's little margin for error when designing and fabricating an after-market convertible top.
We did make one design improvement. Instead of one large vinyl window, we fabricated a primary window flanked by two smaller ones. The two smaller windows curve around the sides, improving driver visibility.
The original top lasted 35 years. This one could be around even longer.
Sunmark Experts To The Rescue!
An Example of How NOT to Install a New Convertible Top Don't let this happen to you!
Anybody can order a convertible top and call themselves an installation professional. Even reputable repair shops may tell you they can successfully install a replacement convertible top. Don't be fooled. Convertible top installation or repairing a top is not for the faint of heart. Take a look at the pictures to the right.
When the owners of this late model Mercedes needed a new top, they went to a shop in Bellingham offering cut-rate prices. To be blunt, the installer made a mess of things. Seams were torn, wrinkles appeared out of nowhere and one of the brackets surrounding the rear window buckled.
The owners then did the smart thing and called Sunmark. The new top was so badly damaged during installation that we had to toss the top and start all over.
Restoring a Targa Top For 1988 Porsche
Porsche's distinctive, removable Targa Top was a big hit when it was introduced in 1967. Almost half the 911s sold back then were Targas. When convertibles made a comeback, the Targa's popularity declined. Some years it wasn't even manufactured.
A large percentage of 911 Targas you now see on the road date back to the 1980s and 1990s. They still run great, but after 20 years or more, many of these cars are on their second or third Targa Top.
1988 Porsche Targa
New Porsche Targa Cover
There was a hole in the roof of this 1988 911, so it was time for a new Targa Top. Fortunately, the original top was in pretty good shape. The headliner, seals, hardware and webbing were fine. But, the burlap underlayment had rotted, and the foam was coming apart in places. Instead of installing a brand new top, we ordered the black exterior shell to replace the damaged cover, then rebuilt the original top from the inside out using fresh burlap and new foam.
As you can see, the rebuilt Targa Top looks brand new! And because it was the original top, it fits perfectly. Best of all, we did it for much less than the cost of a brand new top.