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Convertible SoftTop Care Know-How  

The first step in SoftTop care is to determine if your convertible SoftTop is made of fabric, also known as cloth, canvas, mohair or if it is made of vinyl. The best way is to make the SoftTop water test. Apply some drops of water on your SoftTop. Try to rub the water into the material. If it starts to soak in, it should be fabric. If it sits on the top and does not soak in, it should be vinyl. This test is very important to make sure you use the correct cleaner and protectant for your top. Products for fabric tops are not suitable for vinyl tops and products for vinyl tops should never be used on fabric tops.

Fabric SoftTop Care Know-How

Common household cleaning products can be harmful to your fabric convertible SoftTop. Car wash shampoo contains gloss enhancers which are not suitable for your fabric soft top. Chemicals like Ammonia, Bleach, Detergent, Alcohol, Solvent or Vinegar should not be used on or near your SoftTop. These chemicals can bleach and cloud your fabric SoftTop. Use only special fabric SoftTop cleaners like the CABRIODOC Fabric Cleaner Concentrate. 

After cleaning and protecting the SoftTop is protected against water, dirt and dust. It remains protected from harsh environmental influences. This effect, however, is not durable. With every washing / cleaning process this effect decreases. Therefore the SoftTop should be protected every 6 months.

The CABRIODOC Fabric Protectant Concentrate is an easy to use waterbased product. You do not have to cover the paintwork and windows. Just use sponge or a soft cloth to wipe off any splashes or dribbles. Using solvent based aerosol protectants you have to cover the paintwork and all windows before you apply the spray.

The protectant cannot seal any leaky SoftTop! Fabric SoftTops are made of three layers. Outer fabric, rubber and inner fabric. The water-proofness is mainly achieved by the rubber layer. The protectant works only on the outer fabric and can not seal a faulty rubber layer. Any protecting of leaky SoftTops will help only for a short time. A leaky SoftTop should be replaced by a new one.

Small rips, cuts and cracks on the softtop and the plastic rear window can be repaired with CABRIODOC Liquid Vinyl. Light scratches and cloudiness on plastic rear windows can be removed with CABRIODOC Window Polish Care Kit.

Vinyl SoftTop Care Know-How

Common household cleaning products can be harmful to your vinyl convertible SoftTop. Car wash shampoo contains gloss enhancers which are not suitable for your vinyl SoftTop. Chemicals like Ammonia, Bleach, Detergent, Alcohol, Solvent or Vinegar should not be used on or near your SoftTop. These chemicals can bleach and cloud your vinyl SoftTop. Use only special fabric SoftTop cleaners like the CABRIODOC Vinyl-Cleaner- Concentrate.

After cleaning and proofing SoftTop is protected against build-up of dirt and dust. The CABRIODOC Vinyl Proofer-Lotion refreshes the original color to showroom finish. It remains protected from environmental influences. This effect, however, is not durable. With every washing / cleaning process this effect decreases. Therefore the SoftTop should be proofed every 6 months.

The proofer cannot seal any leaky SoftTop! Any proofing of leaky SoftTops will help only for a short time. A leaky SoftTop should be replaced by a new one.

Small rips, cuts and cracks on the softtop and the plastic rear window can be repaired with CABRIODOC Liquid Vinyl. Light scratches and cloudiness on plastic rear windows can be removed with CABRIODOC Window Polish Care Kit.