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Alan W
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Reproofed roof

Post by Alan W » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 20:46

Re proofed the fabric roof of my car today, I did it last year but wasn't convinced that I'd done a particularly good job.

I used the Autoglym product again (as it happened to be in my Christmas stocking) and remembering how 'sappy' and difficult it is to get the sealer off the glass and paint I bought a very thin polythene dust sheet for £1 from Morrisons which I intended to use to mask off the top part of the car. I raised the hood sufficiently for me to fit it one side but it took a bit of working out to be able to do the other side and to then get back in / out in order to put the roof down without becoming snookered. This operation is made even more difficult by the presence of the slightest amount of wind which appeared on cue out of nowhere as I started the procedure and I must have looked like John Cleese. The next issue was overspray and the way I got around that was to pour the contents of the bottle into a plastic dish and proceeded to apply it with a paintbrush. Even so I managed to get some runs onto the paintwork which will take a couple of goes to get rid off but I must admit, it is near the top of my list of hated jobs.. heres a pic of the sheet in place:

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by sirius-c » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 21:12

Great idea :)

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by freds dad » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 21:31

On my list of jobs to do but I was thinking of newspaper and masking tape and keeping a bucket of water and sponge nearby for any spillages.

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Fender2004 » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 22:14

It's a pity you couldn't use a garage to avoid the wind
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TitanTim
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TitanTim » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 22:25

Its not the easiest job to do when using a spray, I found the Autoglym proofer to be biatch to remove off the glass and paintwork once dry, so last time I did the roof I took precautions lol

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Gareth 161
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Gareth 161 » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 22:38

Have recently bought some Fabsil proofer off of Amazon(£12 for 2.5 lt) which you brush on.
If it works, it should go on easily & hopefully a tin that size will last a few years.
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Davejue1 » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 06:33

I like the sound of brushing it on rather than spraying, much easier to keep it where you want it. Will you let us know if its any good when your done? :)

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by gookah » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 10:52

TitanTim wrote:Image
I have seen that blood spattered sheet on Crimewatch Tim.
I'm surprised you've shown it on here again..... :D
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by BladeRunner919 » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 11:35

Alan W wrote: I raised the hood sufficiently for me to fit it one side but it took a bit of working out to be able to do the other side and to then get back in / out in order to put the roof down without becoming snookered.
You could have done it with the windows down, then used the key in the driver's door to raise the windows into place.

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TitanTim » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 11:44

gookah wrote:
TitanTim wrote:Image
I have seen that blood spattered sheet on Crimewatch Tim.
I'm surprised you've shown it on here again..... :D
It was Terocotta proofer, well thats my excuse :)

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TitanTim » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 11:48

To be honest I prefer spraying a proofer on than brushing as I did below with the Renevo

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Which after 2 coats I found to be useless, unsure how its supposed to work but it certainly didn't bead the water off the fabric it just soaked in :x

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TR4man » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 12:09

There must be a business opportunity for someone to offer a mobile cabriolet reproofing service.

Everyone I know thinks that it is a real bug*er of a job.

I'd certainly pay someone to do mine...

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Althulas » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 14:48

TR4man wrote:There must be a business opportunity for someone to offer a mobile cabriolet reproofing service.

Everyone I know thinks that it is a real bug*er of a job.

I'd certainly pay someone to do mine...
£250 sound ok ;)
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TR4man » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 15:19

Althulas wrote:
£250 sound ok ;)
A smidgeon on the expensive side.... :wink:

If I was one of those mobile alloy wheel refinisher chappies, this would be a service I'd think would keep me very busy.

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Del » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 15:47

Davejue1 wrote:I like the sound of brushing it on rather than spraying, much easier to keep it where you want it. Will you let us know if its any good when your done?
I have used both Autoglym (spray) and Fabsil Gold (paint on). Both seemed to work well in terms of reproofing and the Fabsil is a lot easier to use because it can be brushed on. After using Fabsil Gold you get a very slight "whiff" in the car which disappears completely after 24-hours when it's completely dried - unfortunately it's a similar smell to when a youngster has been sick in the car :D However, it's not a problem that would put me off using it again.

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by bertiejaffa » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 16:48

standard tent waterproofing available from any camping store.... Cheap as chips, easy to spray on, doesnt run or mess up the paint work, applied every couple of months - water beads perfectly.
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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by s3quattro » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 23:40

Why not apply the autoglym with a brush, it's much easier than spraying it on. I've applied it this way on my Z3 and the wife's Mini Cabriolet. A 2" brush works a treat.

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Rafolian » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 07:05

Same here, done mine with Autoglym and a brush before Xmas and still beads every time I wash it. (Haven't had any proper rain to test it since November!)

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by ualla » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 12:42

Quick question, what Autoglym product did you use (the spray one)?

Is it worth cleaning/washing it before applying the spray?

Thanks!

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Rafolian » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 13:01

brush on and yes, best to clean the roof first!

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TR4man » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 17:31

Is this the Autoglym product to use?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Autoglym-Cabr ... 4d18fa6a78

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by TR4man » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 17:39

Just found this rather good tutorial on Youtube on using the Autoglym product

Notice he didn't protect the paintwork though!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoWzkpBAtQc

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Re: Reproofed roof

Post by Mint » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 17:44

TR4man wrote:Is this the Autoglym product to use?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Autoglym-Cabr ... 4d18fa6a78
Yep, that's the stuff.
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