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Waterproofing my convertible top

Hello,

Can anyone recommend a good brand that they have used to

1) Waterproof the surface of the convertible
2) Prevent from fading
3) Protect it from UV

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My neighbor uses a Harbor Freight portable carport. They run about $180 and last for years.

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@Travis98146 I don't know if I have the room for that lol, but that seems like a good idea once I sell my other mustang.

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My neighbor had tried several different chemicals and none seemed to work. The carport's footprint in only 3 feet wider and 6 feet longer than your car. Good luck.
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I've used Aerospace 303 Protectant for years. I'm not sure about waterproofing but it does block UV rays and keeps the top looking new. I use it on my tires and interior as well. It's one of the best detailing items I've ever used.
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My neighbor uses a Harbor Freight portable carport. They run about $180 and last for years.
The only time I saw anyone use a portable carport was to hide their Pontiac Aztek so the neighbors' property value wasn't downgraded.

Use the portable garages for temp paint barns or to run a roadside Paintless Dent Repair after a hail storm.

When the wind tears it down and rakes the frame across your car . . . . .
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IMHO, here's the issue......covert. tops are fabric that need to breathe....using most any "product" to protect against UV, etc. is going to obstruct or seal in dirt, contamination, etc....none of which is good for the top. IMHO, only use a good quality cleaner for routine maintenance..nothing more, nothing less and for real UV/IR protection, keep it covered.


BTW, the bed cover on my truck I built myself and had an upholsterer use a hard pad and convertible top material (like what is used on limo's) to create the finished look.....it's a maroon red with black speckles material.....well over 10 years old, the truck is parked outside under a carport, and it still looks as good as the day it was installed.
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Okay Beechkid, since I have a lot of respect for your knowledge, I had to go do some research to make sure I wasn't damaging my top. Aerospace 303 Protectant is good to use on vinyl tops, which I have. Granted, the convertibles I own(ed) were (are) all fair weather cars that didn't (don't) sit outside, so I never really had any weathering issues. In deference to your well-taken point about breathability, here is a product that specifically states that it allows for that. The original poster may want to take a look at it.

https://www.detailersdomain.com/prod...le-top-sealant

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Okay Beechkid, since I have a lot of respect for your knowledge, I had to go do some research to make sure I wasn't damaging my top. Aerospace 303 Protectant is good to use on vinyl tops, which I have. Granted, the convertibles I own(ed) were (are) all fair weather cars that didn't (don't) sit outside, so I never really had any weathering issues. In deference to your well-taken point about breathability, here is a product that specifically states that it allows for that. The original poster may want to take a look at it.

https://www.detailersdomain.com/prod...le-top-sealant


I will say up front, thank you.....and this may very well be an excellent product.....but I think IMHO, I would visit with a (real) upholsterer to get their take, knowledge, experience with this or other similar product (not just a shop that does part time pre-made convert top installs- I know you know what I mean).

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Waterproofing my convertible top

Twice a year I use the Aerospace 303 convertible top protectant on mine and it has held up pretty well. I use their cleaner too.

https://www.autogeek.net/303fabcontop.html

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IMHO, here's the issue......covert. tops are fabric that need to breathe....using most any "product" to protect against UV, etc. is going to obstruct or seal in dirt, contamination, etc....none of which is good for the top. IMHO, only use a good quality cleaner for routine maintenance..nothing more, nothing less and for real UV/IR protection, keep it covered.
Excellent advice, Beechkid.

Of the convertible tops I've owned, all were fabric; none was vinyl.
Without a garage, I kept them covered with NOAH covers to protect from UV and bird poop.
To avoid permanent creases, don't store your car with the top down for long periods.

I never put convertibles through automatic car washes.

For quick cleaning of dust and pollen after driving or lengthy parking, I use 3M lint rollers with excellent results.

If it's absolutely necessary to clean a top, I use diluted Simple Green. Rinse well and air dry.

I'm of the belief that top "Coatings" and "Treatments" are at best temporary, at worse a buildup of chemicals.

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I've used the RaggTopp products on my vinyl 2012 Mustang convertible since I bought it in February 2016. I park it outside in Maryland, so I keep it covered with a Noah cover. The top still looks good. I apply the cleaner and protectant only once a year; I'm coming up on 12 months now, and the top still beads water in the rain.
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I have used 303 products for many years and found them to be the best for tops.
https://www.goldeagle.com/brands/303-products/

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For quick cleaning of dust and pollen after driving or lengthy parking, I use 3M lint rollers with excellent results.

If it's absolutely necessary to clean a top, I use diluted Simple Green. Rinse well and air dry.

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I'm a big fan of SG as well!!! The 3M lint rollers...that is a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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