How to Take Care of My Soft Top Convertible

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How to Take Care of My Soft Top Convertible
Keep your ragtop looking fresh and clean. (Rob Melnychuk/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A soft top convertible heightens the experience of cruising the neighbourhood on a sunny day. Unfortunately, a ragtop requires a little more care and feeding than an ordinary car. If left untended, a fabric top can rot and grow mould, and a vinyl top will crack and peel. Once rot starts to set in, you can't do much about it aside from replacing the whole top. It takes just a little bit of extra care to keep your soft top looking fresh for years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fabric or vinyl protectant
  • Mild car shampoo
  • Brush

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  1. 1

    Apply a protectant when you first get the car, and then about once every month. Use a vinyl protectant for vinyl tops, and a fabric protectant for fabric tops. Only apply protectant to a clean, dry top.

  2. 2

    Wash the car regularly, including the ragtop, just as you normally would. Use a brush and a mild car shampoo approved for the type of top you have. Some shampoos are only good for vinyl tops, some for fabric tops and some for both.

  3. 3

    Keep the top up after washing it or after a rainfall until it dries completely. Park the car outside instead of in the garage to help the top dry.

  4. 4

    Park your ragtop indoors during the winter if you live in an area where it snows. You probably won't want to drive a convertible in the bitter cold anyway, and the snow and ice won't do your top any good.

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