HOW TO: Fabric Top Cleaning and Protection

fabric-top-1Summer here in California is just hot!  As we move into summer, the hot sun and UV can take a toll on a fabric convertible top. The cleaning and protecting of a Stayfast canvas fabric top is vital to increasing its life and protecting it from harmful UV rays. We have tested many products over the years, however Raggtopp Fabric and Convertible Top Protectant is really the finest product on the market for cleaning and protecting these often costly surfaces.

fabric-top-3The cleaning of the fabric convertible top is the first step to remove stubborn dirt from the surface.  Using Raggtopp Fabric and Vinyl Top Cleaner will gently remove this grime. Simply spray on, and rub with your hand to loosen particles, after thoroughly rubbing the surface, just rinse the surface and watch the soiling rinse away. On a heavily soiled top, two applications may be necessary and a soft detail brush may be used to loosen stuborn spots. If using a brush, make sure to only scrub with the grain of the material. Once the top is clean, just continue your washing of the vehicle as necessary and dry.

fabric-top-2After washing and drying is completed, I recommend allowing the surface to completely dry for an hour or two before applying Raggtopp Fabric Top Protectant.  Before applying the protectant, I would recommend covering the vehicle with plastic or masking paper to eliminate the protectant from coming in contact with glass or paint.  Although I have not seen any damage resulting from contact, this extra measure of protection is recommended. If any contact is made, just wipe immediately with a microfiber towel to remove. In addition to the vehicle, mask the rear window completely.

fabric-top-4Apply the product using overlapping patterns until the surface is completely covered. Allow the first coat to dry for between 30 minutes to 1 hour before applying a second coat.  Apply the second coat in the opposite direction 90 degrees from the first to be sure to get proper coverage to the entire surface. Allow to dry thoroughly.

After application is complete, remove the masking material and enjoy. This UV protection will protect and greatly extend the life of your vinyl convertible top. Raggtopp products are recommended by Haartz, the world’s largest maker of convertible tops.

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