Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to Clean Convertible Tops

Vinyl is composed mostly of polyvinyl chloride and is made flexible with the use of plasticizers. During its normal life span, it is natural for these plasticizers to gradually dry out, causing the vinyl to crack. However, with proper care and cleaning, this process can be slowed significantly. To keep your convertible top looking slick, beautiful, and shiny, check out these easy steps.

Step 1: Wet the wet the vinyl top completely.

Step 2: Use a wet cloth or sponge to spread the vinyl cleaner over the top. If your vinyl convertible top is heavily soiled, you may want to let the cleaner sit on the vinyl for up to 15 minutes to help loosen the debris. You may also need to use a soft nylon brush to gently scrub trouble spots.

Step 3: Clean the top using circular strokes, working in small sections.

Step 4: Rinse the car thoroughly, ensuring all cleanser is gone completely.

Step 5: Using a soft cloth gently dry the vinyl top. Continue drying until top is completely dry.

Step 6: Take the vinyl convertible top protectant and shake it for a few seconds to completely mix the product. Spray the vinyl protectant on a foam applicator. Using the foam applicator, apply the protectant to your top (taking care not to spray the protectant directly onto the vinyl top, as this an uneven look).

Step 7: Allow the protectant to soak in for up to 3 to 5 minutes. Then take a soft, clean towel for buffing dry.

Tips & Warnings:

Some chemical, such as ammonia and alcohol will dry and cloud vinyl convertible tops.
Know the chemicals in the convertible top cleaner, before applying it to your top.
For maximum protection, the vinyl top should be properly cleaned and re-treated every four to six weeks.

Bond Mejeh produces automotive related articles for Quick Cash Auto, a cash for cars service. Quick Cash Auto not only buys pre-owned vehicles of any year, make or model, but they also provide numerous articles about vehicle repair and automotive news.

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