My name is JP, my wife has just bought a sky, not a redline one, just a normal roaster one. But it looks really sharp and she absolutely loves it. As she is not really one for washing her car I guess it is will be my job to keep it looking nice and clean for her.
Being from England we donít have the weather to make it worthwhile owning a convertible so this is my first hands on experience of one, so I donít really know how to maintain the roof correctly, and also I am not fully familiar with all the different products available in the US.
My wifeís car is piano black with a black soft top roof. And I have 2 questions really, what can I use to protect the roof, from sun damage, drying out and cracking, and most importantly bird poop. And my second question, which probably should be in another area as it is not really about cleaning, but is there any maintenance I should be to doing to the mechanicals of the roof?
I would appreciate any help and advice and I look forward to having a good look through the forum.
Welcome to the forum.
I don't really know if there's anything short of a car cover to protect against bird droppings, if you must park it outside. Garage it if you can--garages protect well from the assault of the elements.
The car cover will also protect the top, paint, and interior from UV light from the sun (provided it's one of the thicker covers).
You do want to check to be sure that the foam block spacers that hold open the drainage funnel are still in place. They are just below the top edge of the part of the top that is below the window and sides with the tubes going down through the body' Also, check for debris (leaves & twigs) in the drainage tubes. Those are two areas that you might not have considered.
When washing the car, be aware that the chrome plates where the tails of the top lock into the rear deck lid are just holes that go straight into the trunk. There are some aftermarket plugs that you can get to block those if you want to wash the car with the wings NOT locked in place. If you do wash it with the wings up, you'll probably wind up with water in the trunk. When the wings are locked down, they have rubber gaskets to prevent water entering the trunk--so wash it with the wings locked down.
There are many people who have put the 3M clear bra protective films on as well. They seem to work well, but it's best to have them professionally installed--they are a bit tricky the first time you try one.
There are also some thin material car covers that pack up much smaller which you can keep with you in the trunk (they'll take up about 1/3 to 1/2 of your trunk space, so that might not work if you typically haul a lot of stuff in the trunk). You can throw the cover over it when parked while you're out if you must park under trees or under overhead lighting fixtures. (Birds tend to off-load their ballast just before take-off, so you'll get bombed if you park under the light poles or trees
Anyway, welcome to the forum. I'm sure you'll be in for miles and miles of smiles.