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Old 06-24-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Cleaning the soft top

Hi!

I have an '01 330ci and am wondering what the best method is to clean the soft top / roof. (Not even sure of the terms ... it's my first 'vert. :-) )

Sadly, it has to be parked outside right now and I'd like to protect the soft top as much as possible.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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I used the RaggTop cleaner and then Ragg Top protector and it seems to do a good job.

Best price I found was through JC Whitney.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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I used the RaggTop cleaner and then Ragg Top protector and it seems to do a good job.

Best price I found was though JC Whitney.
+1. Also heard some good things about 303 cleaner.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
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+1. Also heard some good things about 303 cleaner.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #5
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Try würth soft top cleaner and protector.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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ragg top and 303 cleaner work really well. Wet the roof, spray on the cleaner and scurb with a soft brush. Once dry use the ragg top or 303 protectant. The top looks great repels water afterwards. I find I only have to apply protectant two or three times a year.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:03 PM   #8
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I used the RaggTop cleaner and then Ragg Top protector and it seems to do a good job.

Best price I found was though JC Whitney.
+1 great stuff
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:31 AM   #9
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I use 303 products myself, but Raggtop is great as well. Just depends on what you can find locally. Try boat shops for 303 as most auto stores have no idea what you are talking about.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:23 PM   #10
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I use 303 products myself, but Raggtop is great as well. Just depends on what you can find locally. Try boat shops for 303 as most auto stores have no idea what you are talking about.
True story. Luckily, there is a Napa Auto Parts store nearby that carries 303 products
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:35 PM   #11
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OK, I am a newbie to this forum for sure but I'm still compelled to write that there are numerous threads on this topic so starting another one just mucks up the utility of the site. The topic is easily found with a search.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:38 PM   #12
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Here's the thread.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=842314
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:11 PM   #13
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Have you ever seen this site? Most cluttered site I have ever used. Threads pop up all the time that are 5 years old and utterly pointless but because some one posts another comment, it gets thrown to the top and hashed over again, and again. "Am I too young for a M3?" and the endless droning about what wheels to get, that has been tried to death. The search is also not that great. Not a great section for all the DIY's either. If you want to see a logical site, try Quattroworld. The community over there is a little more friendly as well. But I have a BMW E46 now and there is some good info here so I put up with it.
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:12 PM   #14
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I used 303 cleaner and protectant on my car yesterday. The biggest problem I had was the damn trigger nozzle would not stop leaking absolutely everywhere.

I reckon I lost more cleaner and protectant due to the leaks in the cheapo pumps than putting it on my top.

Aside from that, lots of dirt came out after scrubbing and I'm hoping that water beads next time it rains.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for all your prompt responses and recommendations. It's much appreciated.

I apologize for starting a new thread. When I did a search, I did not find these kinds of great responses ... but that was probably pilot error.

Thanks!

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Old 06-26-2011, 02:49 AM   #16
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I gotta post. I don't understand this preoccupation with using chemicals out of sprayers/bottles/or lotions/brushes/etc to clean the soft top. Seems like alot of ppl go out of their way to spend money on products & weekend time doing stuff that is completely unnecessary. My post above....".....Water....".....was truly serious. All's I do, when it's time to clean/spray the car at the Pressure Sprayer Car Wash, is put the spray cycle on SOAP (no foam brush, here, or at all)...& spray away. Then, after doing the entire car, I go to RINSE cycle, get all the soap off from top downwards, then use the WAX cycle. The wax seems to get nicely into the fabric (which lasts for 2-3 weeks), & allows rain/water to just bead off nicely. My top is like DAY 1.

Again...I just don't get it. Maybe we don't have birds with acid-poop where I live,....I dunno. Again.....I find the car wash pressure washer, SOAP, RINSE, WAX.....just fine.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:19 AM   #18
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i like to wash my car at my own residence, and i dont have a pressure sprayer car wash device.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:51 PM   #19
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I gotta post. I don't understand this preoccupation with using chemicals out of sprayers/bottles/or lotions/brushes/etc to clean the soft top. Seems like alot of ppl go out of their way to spend money on products & weekend time doing stuff that is completely unnecessary. My post above....".....Water....".....was truly serious. All's I do, when it's time to clean/spray the car at the Pressure Sprayer Car Wash, is put the spray cycle on SOAP (no foam brush, here, or at all)...& spray away. Then, after doing the entire car, I go to RINSE cycle, get all the soap off from top downwards, then use the WAX cycle. The wax seems to get nicely into the fabric (which lasts for 2-3 weeks), & allows rain/water to just bead off nicely. My top is like DAY 1.

Again...I just don't get it. Maybe we don't have birds with acid-poop where I live,....I dunno. Again.....I find the car wash pressure washer, SOAP, RINSE, WAX.....just fine.
I do a clean and protect with Ragg Top once or twice a year. The rest of the time I just use water and a soft brush to remove stuff like bird crap.

I'm not so sure about the wax from a DIY wash on the fabric top. There is a member of this forum who used to work for Haartz, the company that makes the tops for BMW (as well as others). I'm curious to hear his opinion on that.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #20
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Decided to have a good clean up on the soft top this weekend. I was starting to get a few white stains from the copious amounts of Sea Gull poo these beasts exude.

I had previously sealed the roof with Fabsil which had proved to be quite good. This time I mistakenly bought Turtle Wax Soft Top System or whatever it is called.

I started with the cleaner following the instructions to the letter. I ended up with so much foam I couldnt get rid of it all so I had to just let it dry. When dried I then applied the sealer. I have to say that the spray is a lot easier to use that the Fabsil which was painted on with a brush. When finished I washed down the paintwork and windows to get rid of the overspray and left it to dry. When it had dried I did think the roof looked a bit paler than it did before but at least it looked clean.

It rained last night and I was disappointed to see that the rain did not bead. Has anybody else used this stuff because unless I messed up with the treatment it doesnt appear to do what it says on the pack.
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