Soft top cleaner ?

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    The soft top on the Smarty Cabriolet has gone a bit green and manky ..
    The crap will not come off with ordinary stuff and not even with a jet wash !
    Anyone got any suggestions ?
    Unwilling to spend £15 to £20 on something that may not work !
     
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    Autoglym fabric hood cleaner is used on mine.
     
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    Cheers... That was one I was reluctant to look at too hard due to the price, so its good to get feedback
    Does it get that awful green colour off as that is my prime concern ?
     
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    To be honest I don't know if it gets green off but it works a treat, leaves the roof looking like new again and it has some protection in it.
     
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    Is the awful green stuff the same as you get on motorhome awnings .. ?

    If so I would use a bucket of warm water, a splash of dishwashing liquid and about a cupful of thin bleach..
    wash with a soft car brush, and leave for half an hour then hose off..

    that's how I clean awnings.. also used this solution on the RV roof to remove the green moss
     
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    If it's green algae then diluted bleach(quite weak) works well.
     
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    You could use any good quality all purpose cleaner

    If you go on Detailing World and search for soft top cleaner it will bring up many suggestions :xsmile:
     
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    Depending on roof material.On my Mx 5 which was made of a kind of vinyl I used traffic film remover 50/50 in a spray bottle& a small scrubbing brush & lots of water.If it's a material hood i would try autoglym hood restorer.
     
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    Cheers RichR, but I really wanted input from folk who have actually tried stuff rather than a retailer who will sell anything as long as there is a profit ( if you see what I mean :) )
    I shall go with Jim and Jays suggestion and see what happens ( its a good cheap option too which I always like !! LOL !! )
     
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    No, not vinyl at all, it is cloth so what ever I use I will then have to reseal it but that is the easy bit ! Got lots of experience with waterproofing all sorts of materials over the years thanks to being a soggy biker !! :xrofl:
     
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    Hi John
    We use the Autoglym two stage cleaner & restorer when doing cabriolet roofs, the cleaner kills the living part of the green moss. Spend the time with a small soft nylon brush to scrub the nooks & cranies
     
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    Excellent.. Cheers guys.. Sounds like the way forward then.. I would have gone with the bleach but autoglym seems to be a complete job.
     
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    Yup, Autoglym cabriolet roof cleaner every time. Used it on an MG canvas roof when it went mouldy. It came out looking like new. A certain amount of elbow grease is required though.
     
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    Elbow grease ... That sounds either expensive or something approaching work ...Damn !!! :xwink:
     
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    You could try on a 'small' area first a green slime (natural) product remover.
     
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    I use Renovo soft top cleaner on my Eunos then Renovo ultra proofer. My soft top is vinyl but they also do one for Mohair roofs John. Much praised in the MX5 Eunos forums. Readily available on flebey. Fantastic results.
     
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    You rub the cleaner in first with a sponge and leave for ten mins then wash off. When dry the ultra proofer goes on the same way and when dry it's done.
     
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    I cleaned some stains from the awning of my old G reg, someone, a prior owner had put some sort of grease on the "elbows" of the awning frame and it rubbed off on to the vinyl.
    I used "Starbrite RV awning cleaner" I got it fro from Halfords I think


    Just been out to the garage the price sticker is still on it from 4 years ago, £11.95
     
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    Just been and checked and there are two bottles one is a cleaner and ones a protector both autoglym but it makes the roof looks like new every time. If you have a halfords trade card you should be able to get discount on them. Failing that they quite often run 3 for 2 offer.
     
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    Its a detailing forum not a retailer :xsmile:

    Auto Glym is a good product you may even find a cheap car shampoo will lift the green stuff
     
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