Although proper washing of the convertible top is important, proper care for it is even more important.
Convertible tops are made of tarpaulin or vinyl (or for instance imitation leather). Cleaning of all types of convertible tops, regardless of their age, must be done carefully.
For washing only mild washing agents should be used, as any cleaning agent will absorb to a certain extent in the material and it is rather difficult to wash it off from there.
Depending on the age of the car and contamination level, the product has to be left on the surface for maximum one hour and thereafter all parts of the roof have to be cleaned with a soft (!) nylon brush.
After cleaning of the convertible top it has to be treated with a special impregnation agent to avoid rotting of the material. Also the tarpaulin tops of new cars need to be treated at least once per half a year, regardless of the mileage, since the water repellent properties of the material tend to weaken with time.
When restoring or re-painting faded convertible tops, they can also be treated with water-repellent agents.
Important: use a soft brush, since a hard brush will cause damages on the top material! When cleaning brush along the fabric fibre!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of washing agent should I use to wash tarpaulin of the convertible top?
If you wash it regularly, then use ordinary shampoo and a soft brush. But when the top is very contaminated, it is best to use special agents.
How long do water-repellent properties last after treatment?
It depends a lot on the agent used for treating the top, on conditions and also how many times the top has been washed. In case the car is used in normal conditions, the water-repellent properties last for 6-12 months.
When is the best time for treating a convertible soft top?
There is no major difference. It is the best to pay attention to the condition of the top all the time and to start treating it when water-repellent properties start diminishing. Yet it is important that you will not leave the top folded down for a long period. Otherwise mould may start growing.
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