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Old 05-10-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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My Ragtop Has Started Collecting Lint...

So I'm a fairly new owner of a Hot Red 2014 ZL1 vert w/black top... I've washed it three times now and recently started noticing remnants of white lint on and stuck into the fabric of the top... I took a lint roller to it, but those pesky lint's are pretty imbedded.

Has anyone else experienced this? Am I supposed to be using a certain cleaner other that soapy water?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:20 AM   #2
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I would recommend getting a good ragtop cleaner and doing it atleast twice a year
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:01 AM   #3
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I've got a '14 vert with black top. I get no lint, are you drying it with a wash towel perhaps? The dealer recommended that I occasionally give it a scrub with a fairly stiff brush to take out any marks from it being folded. Other than that, I just wash it and let it dry, never any lint/debris in my top.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:54 AM   #4
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I agree with Skyset, I use Raggtopp cleaner & protectant kit when I wash my SIM vert.
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Old 05-10-2016, 01:39 PM   #5
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I've got a '14 vert with black top. I get no lint, are you drying it with a wash towel perhaps? The dealer recommended that I occasionally give it a scrub with a fairly stiff brush to take out any marks from it being folded. Other than that, I just wash it and let it dry, never any lint/debris in my top.
DO NOT USE A STIFF BRUSH!!! A soft as silk horse hair brush is the only brush that should touch our tops. A stiff brush will do nothing but tear up the cloth fibers. I use a horse hair brush when it does get dirty, a lint roller and sometimes a vacuum for the lint, and most importantly do not wash my top every time I wash the car. (Its garaged and not my daily driver however).
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:21 PM   #6
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I use a very soft bristled brush to wash the entire car. When it comes to the top, I lightly go over it and rinse immediately. I don't use cloth rags to dry, just a super shami.
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:39 PM   #7
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DO NOT USE A STIFF BRUSH!!! A soft as silk horse hair brush is the only brush that should touch our tops. A stiff brush will do nothing but tear up the cloth fibers. I use a horse hair brush when it does get dirty, a lint roller and sometimes a vacuum for the lint, and most importantly do not wash my top every time I wash the car. (Its garaged and not my daily driver however).


Meh. I have, and will continue to use, a stiff toothbrush on fold marks, it makes them disappear. Reminds me of people who swear a Dyson vacuum tears up carpet fibers.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:15 AM   #8
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I don't use anything on my top. No protectant and no soap when I wash it. I only hose the top off. My top is original, going on 5 years old in June when she was built.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:42 AM   #9
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I use a very soft bristled brush to wash the entire car. When it comes to the top, I lightly go over it and rinse immediately. I don't use cloth rags to dry, just a super shami.
You use a brush on the paint??? (suspect this was a misprint - I hope!)

Get some 303 or RaggTopp Fabric Convertible Top Cleaner. Both also make a Fabric Protectant which will make the water bead on the top. For the protectant I'd give an edge to Raggtopp since overspray can be wiped off the paint & windows with a quick detailer instead of masking off.
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If its just fabric and not dirt, put on a latex glove and rub the top down, only moving your hand in one direction. It will collect all the fabric. Take a little time but it works excellent.

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Old 05-13-2016, 12:19 AM   #11
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Lint roller. Ragtop owners best friend.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:09 AM   #12
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All is great advice...you may have to get a scrap book for for cars collection of lint
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:03 AM   #13
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I'm purchasing some top cleaner this weekend to see if it'll work. The lint roller does not work because these pieces of white debris is pretty embedded into the top fabric.

I use an auto soap brush to wash all my vehicles. Been doing this for years with no problems. Only time I ever experienced an issue was the first time I used a buffing machine... I made swirls all over my clear coat because I didn't know it would burn layers off on high settings. Good thing it was a Honda that I was about to repaint at the time.

I will try the rubber glove idea JDP.

Thanks for the advise guys!
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:10 AM   #14
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Lint Roller

Use a good quality roller. Some of the cheap ones can transfer adhesive to the surface being cleaned.
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