We stock over 50 Renovo products and are constantly adding new items as they are released. Renovo have been creating cleaning products for over 25 years and are widely acknowledged as the world’s leading car care fabric hood retore products companies.
Since then, Renovo has continued to develop class-leading cleaning fabric hood cleaning products, sticking to the belief that they should never sell a product unless they were convinced that it was the best product available on the market. By the 1990’s, Renovo had become the number one selling car hood restore treatment for fabric hoods in the UK & Europe.
This is a very common question asked by convertible car owners, and it is good that you are asking the question before purchasing products that are not suitable for your soft top. It is also important to remember that even if think you know a lot about convertibles, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the vehicle you have acquired second hand has its original top. If you are at all unsure it is best to check with the dealer or individual that you purchased the car from, to try to confirm whether the top is original or not.
The best way to test whether your convertible top is vinyl or fabric is to place your hand on the top and feel for yourself. If it looks and feels similar to tent material, then you have a fabric roof, but if it looks and feels like grained plastic, then your top is in all probability, vinyl.
If the rain is leaking through your soft top because the weather barrier has deteriorated and not because there is physical damage to your soft top, such as a tear, then the best thing for you to do is apply Renovo’s Ultra Proofer; this will cocoon your soft top in a weather proof coating – restoring a water repellent barrier.
Typically, because all of Renovo’s products are water based, I would advise that you ensure you clean your top thoroughly with the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner before applying the Ultra Proofer, this will ensure you don’t seal dust and dirt into the soft top. If the Ultra Proofer is not soaking into the fabric during application, it simply means that the water repellency is still good and does not require to be topped up. You will see the liquid settling on the top, running down the windows, or only being absorbed into the areas that need it.
Subsequent to application of Ultra Proofer and for regular cleaning, the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner can be brushed onto the soft top and then be left to soak in for a approximately ten minutes. After that, it can then be rinsed off; this will not remove the previously applied Ultra Proofer.The product is simple to apply, just paint it on and as soon as the Ultra Proofer is dry your soft top is protected. With additional benefits of mould, mildew and UV inhibitors in its formulation you can be sure that the fabric is well protected. When first using Ultra Proofer two coats may sometimes be needed, but if you try to apply a second coat and it is not needed the Ultra Proofer will simply run off as it will be repelled by the already applied and dried the first coat.Of course it is also advisable to check that there isn’t any physical damage to your soft top, which the Ultra Proofer will not be able to fix. If there are any apparent rips, tears or deterioration of the fabric, or the drainage channels have become blocked, you will need to visit your local coach trimmer/convertible top specialist to have these issues rectified or perhaps consider a convertible top replacement service.
The best product to remove mould from a fabric convertible top is Renovo’s Fabric Soft Top Cleaner. It is a very simple task and can easily be completed in less than a day!
You should first paint the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner onto the entire hood with a new/clean 5cm paintbrush. Once you have painted the cleaner onto the top, leave it for an hour to absorb into the fibres of the material.
Once the hour has passed, you must then give your top a good scrub with a soft bristle brush and hand hot water, (the hotter the better, but please do not burn yourself!).
As you are scrubbing, you should be able to see the mould being lifted from the soft top, and running down your windows……. It can smell rather nasty too!
After you have finished giving your soft top a good scrub, ensuring that you were careful around the stitched areas, you should then give your top a rinse to remove any particles of mould, and any Fabric Soft Top Cleaner that is still present within the fabric! I will also add that it is important that you NEVER use a jet washer on your soft top, as the power of the water can cause permanent damage to your soft top that even we cannot mask!You may have to repeat this whole process until you are satisfied with the final result; it depends on how bad the condition of the top is and how hard you have worked!
Once the top is beautifully clean, you may want to consider restoring the colour with Renovo Soft Top Reviver, which could help with masking any areas that have lost colour due to the mould leaving scars on the material. Unfortunately, scarring is a very common occurrence if the mould has been allowed to take root deep within the fabric of the hood.
You can then keep the top protected using Renovo Ultra Proofer, which will greatly help to prevent the top from becoming ingrained with dirt and mould if applied on a regular basis; approximately every 6 months, is about right.
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