Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tips for Upgrading & Maintaining a Soft Top Convertible

If you’re like us, your soft-top convertible is much more than a machine for going from point A to point B. It’s your friend, your confidant, your escape from the realities of daily life. As much love as your convertible provides, the relationship must be reciprocal in order to be lasting. Convertible soft tops are vulnerable to exposure and temperature changes, and require more attention than the average car. However, properly caring for a convertible provides plenty of enjoyment and satisfaction outside of the obvious benefits of beauty and preservation. So, we’ve put together a few tips for upgrading and maintaining your soft top convertible for any time of year.

Clean & Covered

Keeping your convertible top clean will prevent sap, bird droppings, pollen, and other debris from eating away at the fabric over time. Bird droppings, in particular, are extremely corrosive and can permanently damage every part of your convertible if left unattended. An approved carwash liquid soup should be used to gently remove any debris, as well as a conditioner to infuse a weather resistant barrier into the fabric to preserve its luster. Always keep your convertible inside a garage or covered under a carport or car cover to ensure that no direct sunlight (or bird droppings) damage the material.

Do it Right

If you must upgrade to a new convertible soft top, make sure you do it right! Use only the proper tools and work carefully to avoid damaging the material and the vehicle. With the convertible top off, now’s a perfect time to do a deep cleaning of the seams and normally hard to reach crevices on the car. Cleaning the seams will ensure that your new soft top adheres securely to the frame for a long-lasting bond. We have had plenty of customers successfully install their own replacement convertible soft tops, but we recommend using a professional to do the work. They have the experience necessary to do the job faster and their work is likely warrantied against defects.

Upgrades

Your convertible soft top has the awesome ability to incorporate plenty of upgrades. Whether you’re looking for a wind diffuser to reduce noise and airflow or a new and improved stereo system, upgrading your convertible is fast, easy, and more affordable than ever before. It’s important to provide the exact same caution and attention when installing upgrades and new parts as you would to installing a new convertible top. This will ensure that all upgrades perform as they are intended, look great, and in no way hinder performance.

What are your favorite tips for ensuring your convertible top stays fresh and clean? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear your tips and stories!

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