Convertible tops made of fabric or vinyl combine great engineering with visual elegance, but daily vehicle use leaves them dirty and soiled. Regular cleaning preserves the appearance of convertible tops, but using the wrong protection on the wrong materials leaves unsightly smears. Rubbing a small amount of water into the convertible top identifies fabric or vinyl roofs easily. Fabric absorbs water but vinyl repels it.
Cleaning Convertible Tops - Park the car in a shaded area. Wash the convertible top with water to remove loose dirt and grit, but don't use soap or detergents. Spray convertible top cleaner over the top and leave to soak for five minutes.
Adding Protection to Fabric Tops - Make sure the convertible top is completely dry. Shake the can of protective fabric spray thoroughly before use. Apply an even coat over the entire convertible top with a light sweeping motion. Leave the first coat to cure for ten minutes.
Adding Protection to Vinyl Tops - Shake the bottle of protective vinyl spray vigorously and apply a full coat onto the convertible top. Use a clean microfiber cloth to work the fluid into the vinyl, pressing down firmly to make sure textured areas are penetrated.