4 Tips For Cleaning Your Vehicle's Convertible Top

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4 Tips For Cleaning Your Vehicle's Convertible Top

21 February 2017
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If you have a vehicle that has a convertible top, you want to be sure that you clean it properly. This will ensure that your convertible top does not have to be replaced for a long time to come. This is because dirt and debris on the convertible top can cause major issues, such as ripping, leaks, and more if it is left to sit. Here are four tips to help you clean your vehicle's convertible top:

  1. Use Mild Soap and Water: You should not be using any harsh cleaners on your vehicle's convertible tops. The reason for this is that convertible tops are made to be water resistance, but it will lose this resistance if you clean the top with harsh cleaners that will break down that resistance. By using mild soap and water and a soft scrub brush if needed, you can be sure that you do not cause damage to the top, but still have it clean. 
  2. Rinse Thoroughly:  You don't want to leave any soap to dry on the surface of the convertible top. This is because when it's left to sit on the top, it will actually fade the material, which can leave your car looking old. This significantly decreases the value of the vehicle and can even make you want to buy a new car sooner rather than later since people tend to want newer cars when their current one looks older. 
  3. Don't Use Automatic Car Washes:  Yes, automatic car washes are convenient, but should never be used if you have a convertible vehicle. The reason for this is that the rough brushes used on the top of the vehicle can cause significant damage, including denting the convertible top so that it is no longer easy to open and close. It can also potentially rip a hole in the top leaving you to have to replace it. 
  4. Use Microfiber Cloths for Certain Types of Convertible Tops: Instead of using a soft scrub brush, you should use a microfiber cloth to get rid of stubborn stains if you have a vinyl top or a plastic top. A soft bristle brush is only okay for cloth tops because it will not possibly put a hole or scratch in the top like it would with more sensitive materials such as plastic and vinyl. 

When you consider these four tips for cleaning your vehicle's convertible top, you can be sure that it is done right and adds a significant amount of life to your vehicle. For more information, contact a business such as Fred's Auto Interiors.

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Proper body work repairs require careful attention, especially when you're working with classic cars. I decided to do a complete restoration on an older car that I inherited from my grandfather, but I had to do a lot of learning to ensure that I did the body work right. I created this site as a way to chronicle everything that I learned along the way. I hope that the voice of my experience can help you gain the confidence to tackle a project like this yourself. With the right tools and understanding, you can restore your favorite classic or even repair your newer car after an accident.

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