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Old 05-29-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 2001 Vette convertible and wanted to see what the best way is to care for the convertible top is. Looks to be new or has been really taken care of and would like to keep it that way. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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I've got a vert as well....looking for tips
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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All roads seem to point to Ragg Top for cleaning, preserving. Best advice is to park it in the garage to minimize UV exposure, clean it when you wash the car, and if the glass begins to separate from the fabric (which is a common occurance), don't ignore the problem. Immediately buy some Rhino Glue and fix it before the window falls completely out. You will still be able to repair it, but it will be a much bigger hassle than if you can catch it early. The top on my 2002 vert still looks new. I never rub it with towels or anything else when I use the pressure washer at the self-serve car wash or in my own driveway. I let it dry naturally. So far, so good. And never drive it through an automated car wash, not even the touchless kind. Water shooting in from the sides will get under your window seals and you'll have a mess. Don't ask me how I know this.

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:38 PM   #4
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I also have a vert and just wash it with the rest of the car, i know there is convertible top cleaner you can purchase but i never found a need, after its washed i dry it with the chamois by laying it on the top and just pressing it with my hands, no rubbing, and leave the top up and latched for however long the top takes to dry. Once in a while i use one of those sticky rollers that you use for lint, it seems to work very well to get those little fuzzies that seem to get stuck on there
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All roads seem to point to Ragg Top for cleaning, preserving. Best advice is to park it in the garage to minimize UV exposure, clean it when you wash the car, and if the glass begins to separate from the fabric (which is a common occurance), don't ignore the problem. Immediately buy some Rhino Glue and fix it before the window falls completely out. You will still be able to repair it, but it will be a much bigger hassle than if you can catch it early. The top on my 2002 vert still looks new. I never rub it with towels or anything else when I use the pressure washer at the self-serve car wash or in my own driveway. I let it dry naturally. So far, so good. And never drive it through an automated car wash, not even the touchless kind. Water shooting in from the sides will get under your window seals and you'll have a mess. Don't ask me how I know this.
I agree with most of what you say, but the reason I dry mine (and I don't know how much sense this makes) is the water in my neck of the woods is heavy in mineral content, so I figure get most of it off so it doesn't dull the top with that whitish haze, I don't really know if it helps, after all it is meant to be in the rain (God forbid ) but my top looks new as well, plus I've found if I don't dry it I'll get some drip marks from the top on the body of the car which of course is insignificant but I get nuts with this kind of thing! Also IMHO don't ever use a pressure washer, you can damage your paint if any large particles are on the the car that are capable of scratching and also the water can get into undesirable places!
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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Once in a while i use one of those sticky rollers that you use for lint, it seems to work very well to get those little fuzzies that seem to get stuck on there
X2 on that. when I take it to a show, I use the sticky lint roller on it and that livens it up.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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I agree with most of what you say, but the reason I dry mine (and I don't know how much sense this makes) is the water in my neck of the woods is heavy in mineral content, so I figure get most of it off so it doesn't dull the top with that whitish haze, I don't really know if it helps, after all it is meant to be in the rain (God forbid ) but my top looks new as well, plus I've found if I don't dry it I'll get some drip marks from the top on the body of the car which of course is insignificant but I get nuts with this kind of thing! Also IMHO don't ever use a pressure washer, you can damage your paint if any large particles are on the the car that are capable of scratching and also the water can get into undesirable places!
I hear what you are saying, and our water out here is no prize either, but I haven't had any problem with mineral residue or anything like that. Most of the time, I take it to the self-serve car wash a mile from my house and give the entire a car a final rinse with spot-free ionized water. BTW, I don't disagree with your method of soaking up some of the water with a chamois or anything. I've just never found it necessary - nor have I found the use of Ragg Top necessary - at least, not yet. I also have no issue with pressure washing. The paint can handle it just fine.
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Just a tip here. Picked this up from my brother in law who is a C4 convertible owner. Washing and cleaning is a personnal preference, but if you run with the top down most of the time, as we both do, wear on the top, while it is down, bouncing around, will produce wear spots where it touches itself. Noticed this right away on my 02. Solution: Take an old thick sheet or thin terry cloth, two pieces cut about 8" wide and the length of the top from side to side. Place them in the creases as you fold the top up to store it under the waterfall. Prevents "ride wear" and doesn't affect the closure of the top at all. Just a thought, but I do it religously.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:35 PM   #10
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I prefer 303 Aerospace Convertible Top Cleaner and 303 Aerospace High Tech Fabric Guard.

Though honestly I frequently just wash the top with the same soap as the rest of the car.

http://www.autogeek.net/303.html

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Old 05-29-2009, 05:44 PM   #11
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Raggtopp kit.
Don't get the protectant on the finish.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:38 PM   #12
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Just a tip here. Picked this up from my brother in law who is a C4 convertible owner. Washing and cleaning is a personnal preference, but if you run with the top down most of the time, as we both do, wear on the top, while it is down, bouncing around, will produce wear spots where it touches itself. Noticed this right away on my 02. Solution: Take an old thick sheet or thin terry cloth, two pieces cut about 8" wide and the length of the top from side to side. Place them in the creases as you fold the top up to store it under the waterfall. Prevents "ride wear" and doesn't affect the closure of the top at all. Just a thought, but I do it religously.
Wow, cool idea! I have a vinyl top (white) so it's really easy to clean and I do wipe RaggTopp protectant on it when it dries but this is a great idea for keeping it from damaging itself when stored.
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Rode & Schwalenbert Gmbn. (Germany) the world leading manufacturer of automobile convertible tops exclusively recommends Harrtz RaggTop Cleaners and Protectant. Developed specifically for cleaning, re-proofing and preserving convertible tops, these cleaning kits consist of two products:

1. Cleaner to remove soiling, stains and atmospheric pollution for both natural and synthetic materials. The best cleaners are formulated from low-pH (low alkalinity) and gentle enough for repeated use over years. They will rely on proteins and enzymes for their safe, but effective, cleaning power.

2. Fabric protector to re-proof and preserve fabric tops from the effects of water absorption, surface soiling and staining, and provide a sunscreen from UV radiation and subsequent fading. It has the best UV protection of any product on the market, and it repels dirt, grease, and oil. It doesn’t make your vinyl top glossy or greasy-looking. It will have the natural matte sheen of new vinyl.

Alternative product- this is the fabric protector recommended by Glen Raven Mills (Sunbrella) and the Haartz Corporation, 303™ High Tech Fabric Guard restores lost water repellence and stain repellence to factory new levels. It stops leaks, resists soiling and impedes mildew formation and helps protect against the sun's harmful UV rays.

Cleaning / Care Methodology

•Use a soft horsehair brush to remove any loose surface dust, use a lint lifter to remove lint from the fabric surface. Be careful around the rear window to avoid scratching
•Mask the areas around the fabric top with masking tape (3M Painters Easy Release Blue Tape) also cover the rear window to avoid over-spray
•Shake product for 30-60 seconds to ensure even mixing
•With all cleaning products, always test a small, indiscrete area first to ensure it won't discolour or stain the surface, and ensure that the pH of the product is suitable for the material.
•Apply fabric cleaner (Harrtz RaggTop Cleaner) with a clean, damp applicator and leave to penetrate fabric for 10 – 20 minutes dependant upon stain. Gently scrub using a soft brush to get into the texture of the fabric.
•Repeat if necessary; applying two light coats are better than the application of one heavy coat: allow drying thoroughly between coats.
•Rinse off using a low-pressure water hose and a soft horsehair brush
•Dry with a waffle weave Microfiber towel using a blotting motion to dry excess moisture.
Allow the fabric to dry for as long as possible (preferably 24-hours) before using the protectant. An hour or two isn’t long enough, it may feel dry but that’s only the uppermost surface layer (using a protectant on a damp fabric will ‘seal in’ the moisture and encourage the formation of mildew)
•Apply a fabric protector (Harrtz RaggTop Protectant) on the dry fabric, keeping about 6-8 inches above surface and using a back and forth movements spray lightly but do not soak.
•Alternatively use a soft horsehair paintbrush and apply light thin coats, if time permits, two light coats are better than one medium coat, using gentle sweeping motion. Do not saturate. Allow to dry 10-15 minutes between coats, and to dry thoroughly before using or storing.
•Remove all masking tape and any other materials
•Be sure to remove any accidental over-spray from paint or glass surfaces immediately with a damp Microfiber towel or a 1:1 isopropyl alcohol / distilled water solution. On paint work use a pre-wax cleaner if necessary or fine detailing clay.
•After treatment the top will bead water, when the beading diminishes (usually at 6 monthly intervals, dependent upon climate / use) it's an indication that it's time for another treatment.



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Old 05-30-2009, 09:06 AM   #14
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We offer and sell Ragtopp and 303 Convertible care packages as they are considered the best of the best. No wrong choice as both work great. Good luck on new ride !

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