I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but you
may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is simply
sprayed on and works extremely well.
You should be using something else to clean it, too. The idea
behind the top-specific cleaners is to prevent fade, both by using
gentle detergents and adding UV protectants. The second stage products
are to waterproof the top so that a really heavy rain won't soak it
through and cause leaks.
"Everybody wants a normal life and a cool car;
most people will settle for the car." Chris Titus
2003 BMW 325i Black/Black, 2003 BMW Z4 Black/Black
You are welcome. As I didn't mean to infer that Autogeek had the best
price, I'm glad you found the Amazon site. I read the review that panned it
and it seems that this guy might have used the vinyl protectant on his
boxster's cloth top - which is probably not a good idea. If not, then you
might want to try it out on a small section of your top to see if you have
the same discoloration issue he reported. As I've only used it on black
tops, I haven't had this problem.
Ditto on RaggTopp, heard many good reviews. BMW's brand is good, too.
You can get two sessions from the BMW bottle of protectant, as it is
mixed with water. I clean our top in the Spring and Fall, but Z4 is
garage-kept. The BNW cleaner works, only use it sparingly.
I just use a scrub brush and soapy water to clean the top on my other
convertible. Nothing too rough or too soft, I just need the bristles to get
into the grain of the top material, and into the stitching without damaging
I've used Autoglym's Cabriolet Hood Cleaner for our soft tops with great
It cleans and then re-proofs the hood and protects it from staining. It's
not cheap - so others
might know of cheaper/better products.
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