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Old 10-09-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Cleaning soft top

Sorry but I just couldn't find this topic...
My bad probably...
Ofcourse there is someone who can tell me what the best way is to clean my soft top that is covered with the green moss stuff.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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I just used the 303 "kit" (cleaner and fabric guard) and was amazed with the results. My top was already in good shape, but cleaning it helped a bunch. The fabric guard brightened the color a bit and allowed for water to sit on the surface rather than soaking in. I would highly recommend the 303 items.
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:09 PM   #3
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I've only ever used the BMW supplied products on mine. The cleaner pulls heaps of dirt out of it. And the protector allows the water to bead instead of soaking in (as above). I do mine every 9ish months.. (hardtop in winter means it doesn't get too dirty).
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:44 AM   #4
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Thanks jman & Drewsuph.
@jman: So this 303 doesn't leave any discolouration on your linen soft top? I live in The Netherlands and never saw that 303 product here.

@Drewsuph: I have some resin stains from pineapple trees on my top and I'm not sure the BMW supplied product will get them out...
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:59 AM   #5
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Hmm. The BMW stuff is great for general dirt and dust. For stains you will need something stronger.

But you'd want to make sure it was safe.

I have bats in my area and their cr*p has been on the paint, I try and remove it ASAP. Luckily never had it on the soft top. Would love to hear how you go just in case.
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Old 10-11-2015, 02:00 AM   #6
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mine is so dirty, the stain never comes off..no matter what..
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Old 10-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:57 AM   #8
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Unconventional but this worked for me,,,hot bucket of water., 2 cap fulls of carpet cleaner and bristle brush{not hard) once scrubbed attach hot water tap to ur karcha puzzi jet wash N rinse quite close up this will bring it off,,, then use Renovo roof restorer for proper brand new results
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:35 AM   #9
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2nd for 303
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:20 PM   #10
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What's wrong with good ol soap and water when washing the car? Neither of my verts has staining, but I did buy some 303 Protectant so I can waterproof both my E36 and moms E46 this weekend.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:36 AM   #11
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It doesn't work mate if you do that it takes several washers,, mold and Moss are ingress so much and are so resilient it's unbelievable
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:40 PM   #12
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Guys I should add with the 303 kit you apply their Fabric Guard after their cleaner. The major perk to this beyond the UV protection is that water beads right off off. Your top is always dry. I am sure this is good for the liner behind the fabric as well. Keeps your car dry and top looking like new.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:21 PM   #13
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Any thoughts on this, sounds like a good idea putting it on with a brush etc


This shows the beading effect.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:30 PM   #14
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Definitely worth a try. I purchased a product called RagTop cleaner and came with a cleaner that you applied with a horse brush , then a sealer/protector that was aerosol.The problem with the aerosol is it seems that there is a ton of waste that doesn't get sot right on the top.
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Old 02-12-2016, 09:18 AM   #15
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I second ragtopp product.
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:18 AM   #16
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Very very happy with the West Marine water proofing product. I thought it performed better and longer than 303. Comes in a gallon container and was on sale for about $32. Marked down from about $50. Brushed on two coats all over and then a third just on the very top area. It's been over six months and water will bead up in almost dollar sized drops. Worked so well i bought another gallon while it was still on sale. One additional note, when I used the 303 product I sprayed about six light coats of protectant on. Brushing on may be the big difference in performance. Regardless it would be hard to beat the West Marine product.
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:54 AM   #17
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I'm very happy with the Ragtop products.
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