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Hi all,

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 don’t have the weather to make it worthwhile owning a convertible so this is my first hands on experience of one, so I don’t 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 wife’s 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.

Thanks
Jp
 

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Hi all,

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 don’t have the weather to make it worthwhile owning a convertible so this is my first hands on experience of one, so I don’t 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 wife’s 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.

Thanks
Jp
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. :cool:

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. :thumbs:
 

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Welcome to the site.
Just a normal roadster. What is that?lol
I live in Pa also,
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For convertible top care there are two main suppliers that folks swear by... 303 and Raggtop - but make sure you are getting them for fabric (not vinyl). Both come separately in bottles of different sizes or in kits of cleaner and protector... Examples of the kits (these are from Amazon, but only 'cos it's easy to post a link):

303: Amazon.com: 303 Fabric Convertible Top Cleaner & Protector Kit (030520): Automotive

Raggtop: Amazon.com: RAGGTOPP Convertible Top Care Kit - Fabric: Automotive


Personally I went with 303 because, on balance, more posts on these forums recommended it. But I think it's 1/2 a dozen of one...

(P.S. I'm also an ex-Brit. Never had a roadster before - now I'm a convert :) )
 

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thanks for the top tips Crimson Avenger , especially the one about the top locks on the rear deck, I would probably have learnt that the hard way. :banghead:

Hi tomatosoup, I will take a look at the two products you mentioned, thanks for the advice, and hello to a fellow brit :cheers:

LLLFLY I will reply to your PM :thumbs:
 

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Is the car a daily driver (drive in rain or bad weather?), or mainly a "nice day" driver?
Is it parked under trees in driveway or on street?

There are many different approaches to keeping a car looking nice, and these are often unique to each person's specific circumstances. And there are also many compromises between effort and results.
 

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great write up xmicro_Redline, thanks that is something I will probably need to do.

Hi Bogie, the car is a daily driver, but will not be driven in snow (my wife will probably take my land rover to work) and is parked in a driveway under trees. Probably the worst combination you could ever for a soft top, but she loves it.
 
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