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    Hi, I have a couple of questions please regarding soft top on my BMW.
    I would like to know if anyone has any tips for making it look better... water resistant fabric treatment maybe? It has a bit of green stuff in a couple of places from being out in weather, have previously used the autoglym stuff for soft tops but seems expensive and only does a couple of treatments.
    Any ideas/help appreciated. The other is a technical question, switch doesnt work now that opens soft top... someone suggested that I may have knocked a switch in the boot, if so any ideas where it is?
    Cheers all.
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    hey john..this is in a detailing handbook i downloaded from bootist.
    1..soak the convertible top with hose water and make sure it remains wet during cleaning.
    2-spray generous amounts of convertible top cleaner on the entire top...avoiding paintwork!..allow too soak for a minute(use ragg top convertible topcleaner or 303convertible top cleaner.)
    3-scrub the entire top lightly with an upholstery brush or boars hair brush..scrub tough stains with a toothbrush.
    4-rinse the top thoroughly,making sure all cleaner is removed.
    5-use a waffleweave microfibre towel too dry
    6-apply the vinyl dressing too the top..nevespray the dressing directly on the top..spray the dressing on your applicator..apply too the top..then allow the dressing to set for about 20 minutes.
    7-thoroughly buff the top with a microfibre towel too remove excess dressing..buffing the top will prevent any run off dressing onto the paint wen the car next gets wet.
    hope this helps you m8.....
    top dressing too use is,,,ragg top for vinyl...303 aerospace protectant or vinylex..
    applicators too use..foam applicators...folded microfibre towels and sponges!
     
     

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    thanks gap, also wondered if anyone had gone down the waterproof treatment route, with a black colour in order to get back to original black fabric colour?
     
     

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    not sure m8...according too the detailing book nothns mentioned about a water treatment,,mabye the the actual dressing is waterproofing as well...looking at the pics in the book the top looks mint!oh this treatment should only be carried out once or twice a year..it just says in between wash as you would your car...but you can also do this procedure for stain removal.
     
     

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