3 Tips To Take Care Of Your Vinyl Convertible Top

Posted on: 21 October 2015

You might love your vinyl convertible top, but you probably won't love it if it starts leaking, fading or otherwise showing signs of age. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make your vinyl convertible top last longer and to keep it looking its best in the meantime. Follow these tips if you are a convertible owner who wants to take good care of your vinyl convertible top.

1. Clean it Regularly

Cleaning the exterior of your car on a regular basis is important for preserving the paint job and keeping it looking shiny and new, and it's also important to clean your vinyl top regularly. You can use the same type of soap that you use on the rest of your car, or if your top is especially dirty, you can look for a cleaner that is designed for convertible tops -- you should be able to find a good one at any store that sells auto parts.

A regular microfiber cloth might work well for cleaning the rest of your car, but you will need something a little tougher than a normal rag to clean your convertible top. Use one of the brushes that is designed to clean your tires and rims; it'll do a good job of scrubbing dirt and grime off of your vinyl top. You will probably want to use a separate brush from the one that you use on your tires and rims to prevent the transfer of dirt. Once you're done, make sure that you rinse your convertible top thoroughly.

2. Use a Vinyl Protectant

You have probably noticed that a lot of convertible tops start to fade and crack over time. If you don't want this to happen to your convertible top, you'll need to invest in a vinyl protectant. Look for one that is designed for convertible tops for best results, and apply the protectant according to the directions on the bottle or after periods of inclement weather that might have caused it to wash off.

3. Make Repairs as Needed

No matter how careful you might be with your convertible top, you can expect snags, tears and other imperfections to appear over time. Don't ignore them; otherwise, they will just get worse over time. Any shop that replaces convertible tops should be able to help with repairs to keep your convertible top looking great. If the tears or other imperfections get out of hand, however, you will probably need to have your top completely replaced.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take to keep your vinyl convertible top looking great. Follow these steps, and your top should look fantastic for years to come. For more information, talk to a place like Fred's Auto Interiors.