How do you keep your Black Convertible top clean? - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Vendor Directory

C6 Corvette General Discussion
General C6 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech Sponsored by
PFYC

How do you keep your Black Convertible top clean?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-31-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
mojoman
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mojoman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Livonia Michigan
Posts: 854
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default How do you keep your Black Convertible top clean?

Any secrets on how to keep your Black Convertible top from having the "Fuzzies" on it? The towels seem to shed on the top when you dry it off after washing it. I wish there were something that would repel those damn "Fuzzies". Even when I use my squeegie to remove the water after washing it, it still seems to accumulate them. The black top is like a magnet. Anyone have any secret remedies?
mojoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 12:07 AM   #2
electricfish
CF Senior Member
 
electricfish's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2008
Location: winchester Virginia
Posts: 208
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Chamois (sp?) works well for me--E-fish
electricfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 12:10 AM   #3
Racer
CF Senior Member
Cruise-In III Veteran
St. Jude Donor '11
 
Racer's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Calgary/ San Jose del Cabo
Posts: 24,859
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Default

I find a natural chamois is terrible, little ***** of yellow come off it. I use an old synthetic Chamois on it, sucks up water but leaves no orange *****. For the left over fluffs, I use Duct tape, tear off a foot long piece put it on, pull it off, put it on, pull it off, works great! Leaves the top dam near perfect. 4 one foot strips does the whole roof.
Racer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 12:14 AM   #4
lkelliott
CF Senior Member
 
lkelliott's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2007
Location: Chino Hills CA
Posts: 1,821
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

For the dust on my car I use a California Duster. I use a mini California duster to get any fuzzies off of the convertible top. I purchased a very nice wash mitt to wash my Corvette that does not leave any fuzzies on the top either. I usually dust my Vette off every other day and use Adam's Detail Spray with a microfiber drying towel so I really only wash my car every three of four months.

Kent
lkelliott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 12:23 AM   #5
mojoman
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mojoman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Livonia Michigan
Posts: 854
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Yeah, I use that masking tape trick as well as a vacuum hose too.
I was hoping that other than going about 150mph on the freeway, there might be something out there that really works.
mojoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
CRVert
Junior Member
 
CRVert's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2009
Location: Jupiter Florida
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

i use one of those lint rollers for clothing, they sell them in any supermarket, and they sell refills for the roller when the roll runs out
CRVert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:29 PM   #7
Flies Lo
CF Senior Member
 
Flies Lo's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2010
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 212
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRVert View Post
i use one of those lint rollers for clothing, they sell them in any supermarket, and they sell refills for the roller when the roll runs out
My new GS is a coupe, but I did have a Boxster with a black top...the lint roller thing works very well...also, if you clean the top with RaggTopp cleaner, then apply the protectant (you might only have to do the RaggTopp thing twice a year), you will only have to hose the top off when washing the car...when drying, do not wipe the towel across to top...simply take a clean dry towel and blot the water off; this will keep the fuzzies to a minimum...then when the top is dry, use the lint roller...
Flies Lo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:34 PM   #8
Yellow C-6
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Yellow C-6's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2009
Location: Martin KY
Posts: 747
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flies Lo View Post
My new GS is a coupe, but I did have a Boxster with a black top...the lint roller thing works very well...also, if you clean the top with RaggTopp cleaner, then apply the protectant (you might only have to do the RaggTopp thing twice a year), you will only have to hose the top off when washing the car...when drying, do not wipe the towel across to top...simply take a clean dry towel and blot the water off; this will keep the fuzzies to a minimum...then when the top is dry, use the lint roller...
What he said
Yellow C-6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:36 PM   #9
vettedoogie
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Sep 2007
Posts: 8,285
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRVert View Post
i use one of those lint rollers for clothing, they sell them in any supermarket, and they sell refills for the roller when the roll runs out
Cheap, easy, and readily available..when dry only.
vettedoogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
jsims002
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
jsims002's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2009
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 1,189
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Shop VAC.

Probably due for treating though, thought about spraying some camp dry on it.
jsims002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 01:54 PM   #11
Tally Ho
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Tally Ho's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2000
Location: Out Where the Buses Don't Run, Eglin AFB/ Niceville FL
Posts: 10,866
Thanked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Default

My C6 is the third black topped Vette I've owned. I've found that a good cleaning with RaggTop and then using the RaggTop protectant works best at keeping the water where it beads up and mostly rolls off. I use a synthetic chamois to dry the top. No fuzzies.
Tally Ho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 02:32 PM   #12
reality1
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Dec 2005
Posts: 41
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CRVert View Post
i use one of those lint rollers for clothing, they sell them in any supermarket, and they sell refills for the roller when the roll runs out
Lint Rollers work good on black carpet as well.

Jim
reality1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #13
TXCyberSport
CF Senior Member
 
TXCyberSport's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2007
Location: Lubbock TX
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

I use Raggtop protectant. After the wash I just let it air dry. If needed I will use the sticky tape roller.
TXCyberSport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #14
keyplyr
CF Senior Member
 
keyplyr's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2007
Posts: 7,610
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

My 2005 black convertible top looks as great as the day it was made. No fading, no spots or streaks.

I never use chemicals on it. I rarely ever wash it, or get it wet for any reason.

I keep it clean with a long, soft fabric brush. I brush it almost daily and never put the top down dirty.

I'm not a chemical person. I don't use all these products that other guys are always promoting. I usually just use water and a micro-fiber towel to clean the interior, seats, etc.

I do use a mild car soap to wash the car but never use these harsh chemicals like Dawn, etc. So far my 2005 looks as perfect as the day I brought it home


keyplyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 08:04 PM   #15
Luster
CF Senior Member
 
Luster's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2007
Location: Lee's Summit MO
Posts: 2,075
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by keyplyr View Post
My 2005 black convertible top looks as great as the day it was made. No fading, no spots or streaks.

I never use chemicals on it. I rarely ever wash it, or get it wet for any reason.

I keep it clean with a long, soft fabric brush. I brush it almost daily and never put the top down dirty.

I'm not a chemical person. I don't use all these products that other guys are always promoting. I usually just use water and a micro-fiber towel to clean the interior, seats, etc.

I do use a mild car soap to wash the car but never use these harsh chemicals like Dawn, etc. So far my 2005 looks as perfect as the day I brought it home

+1. That's the way to do it. Before I bought the GS, my '03 Vert top looked perfect using this method.

I also vacuum mine regularly in the garage with a brush attachment.
Luster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 08:24 PM   #16
Vette Nut
CF Senior Member
 
Vette Nut's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 1999
Location: Indiana
Posts: 3,204
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I use Raggtop protectant and an Absorber ... No fuzzies for me
Vette Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2010, 08:36 PM   #17
DJ-LO
CF Senior Member
 
DJ-LO's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Woodbridge Virginia
Posts: 754
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by keyplyr View Post
My 2005 black convertible top looks as great as the day it was made. No fading, no spots or streaks.

I never use chemicals on it. I rarely ever wash it, or get it wet for any reason.

I keep it clean with a long, soft fabric brush. I brush it almost daily and never put the top down dirty.

I'm not a chemical person. I don't use all these products that other guys are always promoting. I usually just use water and a micro-fiber towel to clean the interior, seats, etc.

I do use a mild car soap to wash the car but never use these harsh chemicals like Dawn, etc. So far my 2005 looks as perfect as the day I brought it home

Same here, 2005 Blk/Blk/Red Vert. I've only used soap and water and microfiber towels (yellow & blue ones) on my top. No issues other than a couple of "wear" marks that can't be avoided!
DJ-LO is offline   Reply With Quote
Go Back   CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion >
Reload this Page
  • How do you keep your Black Convertible top clean?
  •  
     
    Reply

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Doing your own paint RayTremblay C4 Tech/Performance 28 06-21-2016 11:29 PM
    Help me build my 350 LT4 merlot566jka C4 Tech/Performance 142 06-19-2012 12:37 AM
    Interesting read, even if you carlton_fritz Off Topic 9 11-09-2009 11:48 PM


    Tags
    black, c6, camp, clean, cleaner, convertable, convertible, corvette, dry, lint, nice, thing, top, tops, wash

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Click for Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Forum Jump


    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:40 PM.