Re: Soft top and paint care
I have a 2000 GT Mustang convertible. I have two tips regarding washing the
1) If you do go to a car wash, make it either a hand car wash, or an
automated one that uses only soft cloth - NO BRUSHES!
2) DO NOT USE A TOUCHLESS CAR WASH! These car washes use a power spray to
replace brushes or cloth. The spray comes at all angles and is too strong.
It is guaranteed to leak through to the inside of your car - the seals are
just not strong enough to handle that type of pressure.
Regarding the Robbins tips, I personally haven't had any problems from
letting the automatic car wash apply wax to the entire car. But they're the
experts, not me, so you might want to consider what they say.
Hope this helps some.
"FasDeth" <Nospam@cox.net> wrote in message
> Amanda wrote:
> > I guess the main question is: How delicate is the soft top?
> > Thanks,
> > Carl
> I do Auto/Marine upholstery and install these for a living.
> Here are a few tips from RobbinsAutoTopCo.com
> Glass Windows: Glass Windows should be cleaned with water based glass
> cleaners only. Please be extremely careful when cleaning
> Heater/Defroster glass windows not to scratch the defroster lines or to
> break the power source connector wire. Cleaner should never be allowed
> to drip into seams or heat seals.
> Plastic Windows: Plastic windows in convertible Tops should be cleaned
> frequently. Be sure to hose or blow off loose dirt particles from
> surface first, and then use either plain water or mild soap and water
> solution. Apply with a soft cloth or tissue to gently clean window.
> Always clean in a side to side or a top to bottom motion, NEVER in a
> circular motion, (cleaning in a circular motion can damage plastic
> windows). There are also several good plastic cleaners available such as
> "Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Formula 17". Never use harsh brushes or
> abrasives when cleaning plastic windows.
> Use of Vinyl Preservatives We do NOT recommend use of penetrating vinyl
> preservatives, conditioners or dressings on Tops, Tonneau Covers, and
> other products.
> Cleaning Tops, Tonneau Covers and Other Products Made in Cloth or Vinyl
> Toppings We strongly recommend hand washing convertible tops and other
> products. Tops and other products made in Vinyl toppings can be cleaned
> using Vinyl Cleaners such as Malco which are widely available. While Car
> Washes generally will not harm convertible Tops made in Cloth or Vinyl
> Toppings, never allow a car wash to apply spray wax to your convertible
> To hand wash our products, use Ivory or other mild soap flakes in a
> bucket of lukewarm water. In hard water areas add Calgon (not to be
> confused with dishwasher detergent) or other water softener until the
> water feels slippery.
> ALWAYS Wash Tops, Tonneau Covers, etc. in the shade, never in direct sun.
> ALWAYS Wash entire Top, Tonneau Cover, etc. Never spot clean to avoid
> rings or bright spots.
> ALWAYS Wet entire car before washing Top. Use sponge or soft bristle
> brush to apply suds. Do not use a chamois or cloth since these will
> leave lint on Cloth Tops.
> ALWAYS Rinse well with hose making sure to remove all traces of soap.
> Wipe off excess water with sponge. Please be careful to hose down entire
> car to prevent soap from streaking paint.
> ALWAYS Install Tonneau Covers and Top Boots after cleaning while still
> damp to preserve fit and shape.
> ALWAYS Try to move Tops into direct sun after cleaning and thorough
> rinsing to dry. Chamois all excess water off body of car.
> DO NOT Use detergents, bleaches, harsh cleansers, cleaners or abrasives.
> DO NOT Use dry-cleaning solvents, etc.
> DO NOT Use hot water.
> DO NOT Lower down or cover convertible tops when wet or damp. This can
> lead to mildew growth and in extreme cases can cause discoloration or
> rotting of toppings can occur.