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Old 12-03-2007, 03:23 PM   #1
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Raggtopp Overkill

I still can't work or drive, but I'm feeling better and bored. Today, I decided to apply some Raggtopp Protectant before I con my friend into helping me put the hardtop on for the winter. I've never used this stuff before, so here's how I prepped the car.

First, I opened the top a bit and pulled plastic two drop cloths through the interior and down into the convertible top well...



Then I closed the top and the windows...



Then I taped up the trim and covered the rear window with butcher paper...



Then I sprayed the top. Why am I tellling you this? Because, you really don't need to do all of that. The stuff doesn't really fly around that much. Well, if nothing else, it killed a couple of hours. Daytime TV sucks.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #2
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yep i think thats a over kill but, wow you car is clean!!!! There is now way it look like a 97 look more like a 2004 .. anyway thanks for sharing .
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nice man, one way to keep that thing clan.
damn, i gotta get one of those hardtop racks/covers
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:02 PM   #4
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Wow, Griz, you MUST be feeling better. Good for you. I sort of did the same thing the first time I used RaggTopp, but instead of drop cloths I used overlapping layers of newspaper along the top of the windshield and over the windows, and blue taping some at the back, below the rear window.

It was pretty easy, and worked well, but I mashed the HELL out of one of my fingers in the process. I was putting the newspaper over one of the windows, which was down the 1/2" or so it normally goes down when the door is open or, as in this case, isn't latched tightly closed. While the victim-finger was above the top of the glass I STUPIDLY leaned against the door, closing it with predictable results. Those window motors are quite a bit more powerful than I had realized. (I've mashed a finger a number of times through the years swinging a hammer, but that pain was never any worse than with Boxster window incident.)
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:27 PM   #5
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Frodo...OUCH!!! Power windows can be nasty little buggers. Yeah, I'm doing much better. I can't sit or stand for too long, but all in all, not bad. I'm still taking several whirlpools a day. They seem to help for about 30 minutes after I get out. Then I tighten right back up.

DJ, I lucked into that hardtop rack on ebay. It was brand new in the box, with the cover, for under $100. I really like it because I didn't lose any floor space. I have a lot of junk. I need my floor space!

Hey Frodo! I got a new picture of our new Peke, taken yesterday. Doesn't she look good? All of her hair is coming in nicely. She was spayed this morning and should be ready to travel on the 13th.



The bottom photo is what she looked like when she was seized. I don't know how the Animal Police do that job. I would beat somebody to death.



Damn, I hijacked my own thread!
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Nice job Grizzly.


Unfortunately, its not overkill. I think what you pictured is standard operating procedure to apply Ragg Topp.


3 coats? I ended up using 2/3rds of a bottle to do it. It has a pretty strong smell too while drying.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:48 PM   #7
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Mike,

I did four; only because the can was nearly empty, so I just finished it up. Now I have a nearly full bottle of cleaner, but no protectant.
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Very cute dog!!, i would love to beat the crud out of people who neglect there pets
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"Hey Frodo! I got a new picture of our new Peke, taken yesterday. Doesn't she look good? All of her hair is coming in nicely. She was spayed this morning and should be ready to travel on the 13th."

Posted by Grizzly.

Kudos, my man. She’s lookin’ good. It’s amazing what good food on a regular basis and some TLC will do for an abused/stray animal. Her expression seems to display a little of that Peke attitude, like “Get me into that new house---I’ll be running the place in a week!” They’re great dogs. (I’m stifling my normal tendency to snap “Get a REAL dog” anytime I see someone with anything shorter than knee-high.)

Since it was you hijacking your own thread, guess I might as well post a pic of my beast, who (I’m pretty damn sure) is the best dog that ever lived. Meet Jake (and yours truly):



(No badgering commentary necessary---I already know HE’s more photogenic than I.)

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I use a shoe box, using it as a shield. Sometimes I will use only the shoebox lid as a backsplash of sorts.
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(I’m stifling my normal tendency to snap “Get a REAL dog” anytime I see someone with anything shorter than knee-high.)
If I stacked all three of my dogs up, they still wouldn't be knee-high. But, I could ask my brother for pictures of his Neapolitan and Bull Mastiffs if you'd like. Now there's a house that will never be burglarized.

Your dog is great looking. Springer, right? I love the look on his face, "C'mon, take the picture already".

I hate to argue with such a great guy, especially about his best friend, but I believe this is the best dog that ever lived. This is Grizzly; the real Grizzly. She just lets me type the posts because she can't reach the keys.

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As the thread has been hijacked anyways - Some nice dogs you all have there... I will have one someday.
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(Sorry, had to take a MNF break, in addition to the protracted efforts at peeling the kids away from the computer...)

OMG, the real Grizzly is actually a SHE?? Oh my, that’s disconcerting…That IS a luvable mug I have to admit. I've seen the type: she sticks that little tongue out and, instantly, she’s got you all right where she wants you.

Yep, Jake’s a Springer. I DO like Mastiffs, by the way. One of the few breeds that I, as a veterinarian, have had almost no problem with. Almost invariably they are friendly to a fault, IN YOUR FACE kind of friendly. I say “almost invariably” because there was one exception, and this guy, all 165 lbs of him, would eat your face for breakfast as soon as look at you. (He was about 1 ½ years old, un-neutered and DOMINANT AS HELL---his people were literally afraid of him. We tried to sedate him at one point, and I quickly realized nothing short of a dart-gun-anesthesia approach was gonna work on him. I copped out---referred them all to a behavior specialist. Hey, professionally speaking, we ALL have to bail out once in a while…)

In the “Best of Dog” competition, let’s call this one a draw.
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Unfortunately, its not overkill. I think what you pictured is standard operating procedure to apply Ragg Topp.


3 coats? I ended up using 2/3rds of a bottle to do it. It has a pretty strong smell too while drying.
There's no reason to cover anything when applying ragtopp. It doesn't spray out that far and short bursts, from about 6 inches around the edges are fine. Take any mild cleaner, such as Zaino's car wash diluted in a spray bottle, or a waterless car wash and get the overspray off where you see it. All that plastic is a case of here come the winter blues! Proximity and bonding with the garage diva are very important during the winter but me thinks it's time to adjust the medication!
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I am a big fan of Raggtopp, however my application protective measures tend to be a bit different and involve spraying the top with one hand while drinking a beer with the other. So far I have been very happy with the results.

Also, since replies to this post also seem to prompt dog pictures, I have included one of my own:

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I've had the Raggtopp sitting in the garage for about a year now and have yet to attempt to treat the roof dreading exactly what you have pictured, Griz ! I think I might try the Perfectlap approach with the shoe box instead ( I still need to by an Oxo feathertip brush to clean the top prior to applying the protectant, though ).

That's so awesome what you are doing rescuing that dog ! I volunteered for the Humane Society for a couple of years and it would make me sick what some people are capable of in regards to animals.

By the way, you're both wrong. Here's the best dog in the world...
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don't spray Raggtopp on your dog.... It tastes terrible.
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don't spray Raggtopp on your dog.... It tastes terrible.
So...what are you saying...don't spray it in your dog's mouth, or dont lick your dog after you spray him?
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I initially used a protectant that can be found at a fabric store. I forget the brand. When that was used up, I went with upholstery protectant manufactured by the same folks that make 303. You can find it in marine and RV stores. I figure it is all molecularly the same, and the rest is marketing / packaging. Anyone have any comments or experience with what doesn't work? Any late discovery misery from a bad product?
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Top looks great! I definitely have to do that.

Actually, last night I was bored so I took care of putting some mesh grills in my side vents. Thanks Grizz for the "how to" on it.

Anyway, great lookin' dogs! Here's one of mine! I adopted her from the Northshore Animal League.


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