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Old 01-26-2016, 09:34 PM
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My 2016 Z51 is sitting in the garage (I know, you want pics). Is there anything special (Scotchguard, etc.) that I need to do to my top? Is there some sort of waterproofing that was applied at the factory?

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Yes there is a water proofing agent on your convertible top. It is fluoro-carbon based. It was applied by Padding, dried, and then cured around 170C. No need for Scotchguard. Without going through a curing process again, the Scotchguard will just wash off when you wash the car. Don't apply silicone based products to it. They contain emulsifiers that hinder the original water proofing chemicals. I don't own a vert but I would follow the owners manual for up keep.

Jim Campbell, Archroma Chemicals Fabric Finish chemist.
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Default 303 (30520) Convertible Fabric Top Cleaning and Care Kit

I used this kit on my 14 top. Mainly the protector after I washed it. Corvette Museum use to sell it, but Amazon sells it
Amazon.com: 303 (30520) Convertible Fabric Top Cleaning and Care Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: 303 (30520) Convertible Fabric Top Cleaning and Care Kit: Automotive

It water sheds for quite a while after application.
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Please. Just leave it alone. It has all the protection you need. Trust me.
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I treated mine with Raggtop.
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I treated mine with Raggtop.
As well.
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Hello, Everyone.

My 2016 Z51 is sitting in the garage (I know, you want pics). Is there anything special (Scotchguard, etc.) that I need to do to my top? Is there some sort of waterproofing that was applied at the factory?

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Ragtop.
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Please. Just leave it alone. It has all the protection you need. Trust me.
No it does not of all the protection it needs. This is my 2nd vert, and RAGGTOP is the way to go.
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Yes there is a water proofing agent on your convertible top. It is fluoro-carbon based. It was applied by Padding, dried, and then cured around 170C. No need for Scotchguard. Without going through a curing process again, the Scotchguard will just wash off when you wash the car. Don't apply silicone based products to it. They contain emulsifiers that hinder the original water proofing chemicals. I don't own a vert but I would follow the owners manual for up keep.

Jim Campbell, Archroma Chemicals Fabric Finish chemist.
RAGGTOP does not wash off. Bonds with the material. Excellent product. Adds another layer of protection, which is not a bad thing.
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My C7 lives outside and RAGGTOP is the way to go...excellent protection.
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On my 4 Vette Vert and my 10 convertible I have owned and all they ever got was a washing off with a light water pressure hose. If real dirty a little mild soap applied by a sponge and then well rinsed off.

FWIW my last 4 Verts have been garaged when not in use!
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Originally Posted by 6spdC6 View Post
On my 4 Vette Vert and my 10 convertible I have owned and all they ever got was a washing off with a light water pressure hose. If real dirty a little mild soap applied by a sponge and then well rinsed off.

FWIW my last 4 Verts have been garaged when not in use!
At 5300 mi, this is all I have done with my black top so far. Basically rub on it as little as possible. I just hose it off good and pretty much let it air dry. Lightly soap and rinse if beyond dusty. I don't put the top down unless it's totally dry. My car might sit out on the weekends up at the lake, but otherwise in the garage at night or during bad weather.
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Thanks for all of the info. Sure do appreciate it.
Now if I can just get a decent day to go for a spin.
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Originally Posted by joemessman View Post
Please. Just leave it alone. It has all the protection you need. Trust me.
He's absolutely right. We've had half a dozen Corvette 'verts' (all with black or tan tops) and never used ANTYHING. Wash it lightly when you wash the car. Don't put the top down when it's wet. (common sense) The longest we held onto one was 6 years and the top looked new when we sold it.... and I'm very detail sensitive.
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I have used Rag Top products in the past with excellent results. My C7 has not needed to be cleaned and treated yet. Only have used water and sponge to date. Sponge doesn't leave lint.
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Haven't treated mine yet, and water still beads up and rolls right off. When it stops doing that, I'll treat it with 303. On my Miata with cloth top, I found that 303 sealed better (more beading) and lasted longer than Raggtop.
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Haven't treated mine yet, and water still beads up and rolls right off. When it stops doing that, I'll treat it with 303. On my Miata with cloth top, I found that 303 sealed better (more beading) and lasted longer than Raggtop.
You mean 303 Protectant??
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Rag Top is the way to go. Can't of wrong.
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Originally Posted by obxchartercaptain View Post
You mean 303 Protectant??
303 makes both a cleaner and a sealer specifically for cloth tops. I don't know if any forum vendors have it, but Google 303 convertible top and you'll find them. I know Autogeek sells them.
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Originally Posted by Larry/car View Post
I have used Rag Top products in the past with excellent results. My C7 has not needed to be cleaned and treated yet. Only have used water and sponge to date. Sponge doesn't leave lint.
Learned the hard way about the lint thing the first time I took one of those washing mits to the top. Oops. The very next thing I learned was those sticky lint rollers you use on clothes work great on vert tops. I guess the lint roller is worth mentioning to get stuff off of it. I keep one in the trunk.
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