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Old 08-17-2008, 06:51 AM   #1
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Top cleaning & maintain

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Pls confirm what product is good to wash the top & what I should use to maintain it? Can I use a std tent spray product to protect it from rain?

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Old 08-17-2008, 06:55 AM   #2
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A properly cleaned and treated top only needs to be washed with water. No soaps.

Ragg Topp is a great protectant. They sell a cleaner too.

Leave the tent suff for you camping trip...not the Boxster.
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I used Autoglym hood cleaner/conditioner, you clean it first with pack1 and then conditioner it afterwards....really good rsults its recommended for 2 applications a year
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When I clean the soft top I start by washing it with water to dislodge all the dirt and dust. Then I use 303 convertable top cleaner. This gets rid of anything the water didn't. Then I waterproof it with Renovo Ultra-Proofer.
Alot of people use RaggTop, I like the Renovo better because the painted on waterproofer is easier to use and gives you better protection. I would not use camping waterproofer on my Boxster.
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+1 on RaggTopp...my car is six years old and the top looks new.
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I have used a fabric protector purchased from a fabric vendor [brand I don't remember] that worked great and recently I have used 303 fabric protector. They seem to be the same product with a diff label. Very nice repellant. I am not sure if they offer any UV resistance.

Next I will try Rick300's Renovo due to 1) his referral and 2) being able to brush it on.

I have never used anything other than water or a little brushing on a specific area. Using soap is a no-no.

The fabric / soft top protectant will go deeper into the fabric than Camp Dry or Scotch Guard or whatever. Also, the products may be molecularly similar, but I just couldn't go there mentally.
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The Ragg Topp beads the water so well on my top that the water looks more like a marble than a bead!
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I'm using 303 top cleaner and then protector. It's made by a company near me (Palo Cedro, CA) and they recently came to a PCA meet and explained their product in great detail. Evidently the local Porsche owners were pretty impressed....

From research I've done here, Ragg Topp seems to be the most popular and most readily available.

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I guess you did use Ragg Topp fabric protectant not vinyl?
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I doubt any of the available products are going to hurt the top if applied correctly.

Some may be better than others and provide a modicum more protection.

Ragg Topp is well respected, not just in the car community, but also marine and others. It's a known quantity and readily available. That's why I use it.
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Hi;

Pls confirm what product is good to wash the top & what I should use to maintain it? Can I use a std tent spray product to protect it from rain?

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Hi, I have been washing the top with car soap once a year and spraying it with Escort Canvas Waterproofing UV protection ( no silicone ) once a year for the past 5 years. The top looks great and water beads and rolls off nicely.

Bought it on sale for 3.99 at Canadian tire in Montreal.

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This topic could almost justify a sticky! I have an 11 year old Boxster and have used Raggtop since I bought it in 2005. The cleaner is applied once a year for my car. The protectant I apply at least twice yearly. The top is original (window included) and the overspray just wipes off, I don't mask it. I have been quite pleased with the results. I do, on occasion, use masking tape to remove fuzz and small particals from the black roof. Clear water rinse is weekly. Top care is really minimal on these vehicles - just when you see it's needed. JMHO
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can scotchguaurd or any similar product work...and what do you reccomend for the canvas top that i can find at pep boys or similar auto parts store.???[IMG]
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Franco car soap is really bad for the top.
And I would not use scotch guard. I hate to say this because I am all for cheap solutions to expensive problems, but don't skim on the top. They cost to much too replace, and you want it to look nice. The most commonly available top protector and cleaner is 303 and raggtop from autozone.
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^Plexus spray for cleaning, which I use everytime I wash the car. I also use it for tail lights, headlights, and the wind screen.
Use Renovo clear plastic polish once a month or so and it will look brand new for years. Use and old T-shirt.
You can get the Renovo and Plexus at places like detailcity.com and autogeek.com
Get the Raggtopp kit and an OXO feathertip brush while your at it.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:18 AM   #17
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My car (black) has a dove-grey top, which is dingy-looking, has a nasty oil/grease (thanks to my dealer) stain on the top, and has dirt or discoloration in the folds on the side. However, it works fine and probably can go for a lot longer. I've tried a couple of things on the oil/grease stain (including naptha), but it's still there.

Anyone have any suggestions for removing the stain? Once I get rid of it, I'm going to wash the top with one of the products recommended here, then use Raggtop to protect it.
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Renovo has top color revivers that may work. But I don't think they have grey which is too bad. You could look for something similar.
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ragg topp gets my vote...

+1 for ragg topp. buy the convertible top care kit for fabric tops...cleaner and protectant twin pack. got mine on amazon for 20something dollars and a few more for shipping.
hardest part for me was being patient enough after i cleaned it to mask the car to spray the protectant on. great results and easy to do. i do not recommend the protectant only as the dirt in the fabric does need to come out and get a good rinse and the cleaner is good. dry it in the sun, mask and spray on light coats of protectant and get out there and drive it. good luck.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:22 PM   #20
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Recived my ragg topp kit by this afternoon. This will be my weekend duty.

Thanks to all for the comments and help.

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