Canopy skin

I have had a problem with the front of the canopy pinching and getting bent when opening the canopy.  I had to release the canopy to get to the area to straighten the skin and pop, the two little covers for the hinges came right off.  Now they are damaged with those little wings that stick out.  I’ll have to fabricate two more and replace them.  I really don’t like the engineering of those, but I don’t know a better way.  Some people say they are keeping the pull mechanism on the panel, not for ejecting out of the plane, but for maintenance.  Well, plan on re-fabricating those two covers.  There is no way they will survive the canopy popping up when you release that latch.