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jessicafay28
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best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:09

Hi!

Can anyone tell me the best cleaner for the soft top?

And is there a product that helps with a few grazes on the rear window?
Thanks :thumb:
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by PCSAM » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:18

i did mine a few weeks ago and i was impressed with t the stuff I got from halfwords (they are doing a 3 for 2 at the moment .you can get the cleaner the sealant and some good polish for about £16 :D
in the past I have used The Autoglym Cabriolet Fabric Hood Maintenance Kit, good but the Wonder Wheels is better :D
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_255237
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by BladeRunner919 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:27

I've used Renovo's cleaner, proofer and window polish:

http://www.renovointernational.com/

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:27

Just had a look at the link... that looks like it will do fine. Thankyou.
Ive been told that meguiars plastX is good for clearing the back window, do you know anything about that?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0000AY3SR

Thanks for your help :)
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:30

The renevo looks good too. I dont know that there's any shops that stock it though, is there? Or is it just delivery?

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by BladeRunner919 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:38

jessicafay28 wrote:The renevo looks good too. I dont know that there's any shops that stock it though, is there? Or is it just delivery?

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All mail-order I think. That's what I did, anyway.

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:53

Hmmm :puzzle:

Because ive just got it im quite keen to get it sparkling and dont know if I could wait for the delivery haha.

Im a bit impatient.
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 29 Apr, 2013 14:54

Thanks for the advice anyway though. Where are my manners? :)
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by Rafolian » Sun 12 May, 2013 18:23

Just done my hood with Autoglym hood maintenance kit 500ml each of cleaner and reproofer, £11.98 +vat and also a 250ml bottle of Autoglym leathercare balm, £5.93 +vat from Amazon. All in came to 28 quid delivered to Spain.
Pour water on the hood and it immediately beads. Very impressive!

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by gedo » Sun 12 May, 2013 19:04

Another vote for the Autoglym kit. I treated mine before putting the car off the road last year. Brought it out last week and washed the car, water beaded perfectly off the hood after 6 months in the garage :)

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by RichP » Sun 12 May, 2013 19:24

tips on the autoglym stuff:

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 02#p343402

this took a few hours:

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by Fozzfox72 » Sun 12 May, 2013 20:06

Because like you I'm a noob and I'm mad for it at the moment, I can't stop cleaning it! Lol
Went to Halfords today and bought the wonder wheels fabric hood sealer. £9.99 . Hoovered the roof first, yep hoovered the roof, so Embarrassing, what must the neighbours think! Then spray on the wonder wheels gear. Didn't buy the cleaner as it was clean anyway just wanted to seal and make it more waterproof. Drys on it own and looks great....oh and then it started to rain....... :lol:

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by jessicafay28 » Mon 13 May, 2013 15:11

Hi everyone. Thanks for all the info and advice. I decided to get the autoglym at the weekend but not tried it yet. I'll let you know the verdict but by the looks of RichP's picture ive got nothing to worry about :)
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by RichP » Mon 13 May, 2013 15:39

good luck.

I found that using a nail/scrubbing brush worked best to get rid of the really ingrained growths.

And the treatment means water still beads nicely a couple of months in :)
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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by geminimustang » Mon 13 May, 2013 16:25

Jessica,autoglym is the best, you'll be pleased.While you're waiting for it to arrive,keep some old newspapers and get some masking tape.Clean the roof of muck and leave damp.Use masking tape to put newspapers over the rear plastic window,front & side windows.Apply the proofing solution liberally, you really can't put too much on the roof but you want to avoid paintwork and the windows.You really need a day with no wind,patience is the key.Must be 8-9 months since I did ours and it's still doing a great job of keeping the top waterproof,beading the water so it runs off and keeping inside the car dry.Enough in the kit for 3 applications,maybe 2+years,I would guess so very inexpensive.

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Re: best soft top cleaner?

Post by snoops » Mon 13 May, 2013 19:16

Only other tip I would give is use a 2" paintbrush to "work" the product into the fibres, helps especially near the edges where you are cautious of overrun. I also find that after washing the car a few times, as the soap gets around the edges of the roof where it meets the body, it's worth re-applying some there to keep it "topped up".


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