Getting the most out of your vinyl or fabric convertible top begins with your commitment to care. Proper care of the top will keep it in better condition, for a longer period of time. Fortunately, this isn't a hard task to complete. Here are just a handful of the measures you want to take to keep your convertible top in better condition.
Monitor Water Repellent
Just before the convertible top is installed on your vehicle, it's treated with chemicals to make it water-repellent. This is true for both vinyl and fabric tops. Make an effort to monitor the top's water repellent coating as it can wear away over time. This is most easily achieved during periods of rain or when you are washing your vehicle.
When water hits the convertible top, it should simply bead or roll off. If the water is pooling, this is an indication that the repellent has worn off and needs to be reapplied by a professional, like those at Fred's Auto Interiors. Failing to address this issue promptly increases the chance of a leak.
Keep It Clean
Although highly durable, vinyl and fabric are not the same as the metal and plastic that is used throughout the rest of your vehicle's exterior. Consequently, they can't be treated with the same methods during the manufacturing process. One risk that comes along with convertible tops that doesn't have an effect on the rest of your vehicle is mildew.
If you fail to keep the top clean, mildew will grow. While it can quickly be eradicated, you can avoid this problem altogether by committing to washing the top with an approved cleaner on a regular basis.
Apply A UV Protectant
Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause a great deal of damage to both vinyl and fabric convertible tops. To stay ahead of this problem, you should be applying a UV protectant each time you wash your vehicle.
Without this protection, constant sun exposure can cause the color of the top to fade, causing it to look worn and have a negative effect on the overall appearance of your car. The protectant also works as somewhat of a conditioner that prevents the material from drying out so that it doesn't crack during extreme temperature fluctuations.
Make sure you're properly caring for your vinyl or fabric convertible top. The better care you take of it, the better it will look and the longer it will last.