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Squibcakes 10-30-2013 01:49 PM

Do we condition the top?
 
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if I should be using some kind of product to condition the top to keep it looking and feeling like new? :iono:

hworth18 10-30-2013 03:03 PM

I don't put anything on my top and only rinse it with water, but my car is garaged at work and at home so it doesn't see much adverse weather/sun as if it sat outside.

RolltideSS 10-30-2013 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Squibcakes (Post 7141595)
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if I should be using some kind of product to condition the top to keep it looking and feeling like new? :iono:

I haven't done it yet but from what I've seen people use ragtop or sunbrella to keep the top from fading and maintain the waterproofing

zandron263 10-30-2013 05:34 PM

I use 303 protectant once a year. Mine is a DD in the summer but does go in the garage every night and all winter.

not 10-30-2013 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by zandron263 (Post 7142315)
I use 303 protectant once a year. Mine is a DD in the summer but does go in the garage every night and all winter.

+ 1 on the 303 protectant, the stuff is amazing. Bit expensive but really worth it. I "wowed" the neighbors showing them how the water just beads off the top.

Manual states to wash it now and again, which I did before applying the 303. Didn't really touch it other than blowing off debris until I got stuck in rain on the hwy for 100 miles. So I gave it good washing (the 303 was still there but nothing lasts forever). Anyways, I reapplied and all is well in the world.

For all you out there with dark color Camaros, there is some stuff out there called "Hot Sause" that actually works as stated. I had so many hard water spots I almost traded in the car, ha. The stuff is awesome.

kevinw 11-03-2013 08:29 AM

i have a new 13 2 LT black vert. i bought Raggtop cleaner and protectant. the manufacturer, Haartz, has endorsed this product and their name is even on the can. both cost about $50 for the pair . the top is supposed to bead when water on it. so, make sure it does that and if not, apply the clearner and protectant.

rangomr 11-03-2013 04:08 PM

I SECOND & THIRD the 303 product. I at first tryed the Ragtop products but thought they did a terrible job. So in my research I went with 303. The cost is a little more but so what, I own a Camaro and it will get the best. Michael in South Boston, Virginia

kevinw 11-03-2013 04:21 PM

rangomr. what was it about raggtop that didnt work? i am surprised as Haartz recommends raggtop and they made the top. i even called haartz directly and spoke to a guy there. i figured since they made it that they would know what works best.

95birdible 11-03-2013 05:28 PM

In my over 25 years of owning 4 convertibles, I have never once put anything on the top except water to clean it off. If however this is a daily driver, it wouldn't hurt to put something on it. My cars are only driven in nice weather, never see rain, snow, or any type of weather but sun.

croat 11-03-2013 09:08 PM

303 is the best product out there ! My vert lives outside for almost two years and my top is like brand new ! Snow , rain , sun , pollution ( NYC) does not affect it !
One 32oz spray bottle is enough to apply twice a year and it costs less then $20 bucks !
Highly recommended !

not 11-03-2013 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by 95birdible (Post 7154084)
In my over 25 years of owning 4 convertibles, I have never once put anything on the top except water to clean it off. If however this is a daily driver, it wouldn't hurt to put something on it. My cars are only driven in nice weather, never see rain, snow, or any type of weather but sun.

Okay, can't resist 95birdible........ only drive in nice weather: no rain, snow, only sun........in MINNESOTA?

If I am doing the math right 25yrs/4 verts, =6.25 yrs each on average, and the above nice weather scenario, so each car was driven about a month each on average.........:bellyroll:

not 11-03-2013 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by kevinw (Post 7153904)
rangomr. what was it about raggtop that didnt work? i am surprised as Haartz recommends raggtop and they made the top. i even called haartz directly and spoke to a guy there. i figured since they made it that they would know what works best.

Maybe they are the ones making the Ragtop.....ha. If it works for you good, that is all that counts, but I am a believer in 303.............:thumb:

desieng 11-04-2013 06:37 PM

Do you guys use just the protectant or the cleaner as well?

Trying to figure out which to buy...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/303-Fabric-Convertible-Top-Kit-Cleaner-Protectant-FREE-Shipping-030520-/221278655176?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories &hash=item33853c52c8&vxp=mtr

not 11-04-2013 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by desieng (Post 7157193)

Well, I just bought the 303 fabric protectant "water repellent", which was $16.95 at a boat shop near Seattle. Cleaning the top with a bit of soap, water and elbow grease should suffice.

Just did a search and here is the stuff I used. I didn't buy it via this venue, just showing you the product label.

Good luck.

http://www.amazon.com/303-Products-3...3+fabric+guard


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