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    grinder
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    Default Cleaning Convertible Top

    Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any suggestions
    on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW has its own
    line of course but they are some other brand with their logo stamped on it
    so the price can triple.





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    Tom K.
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    "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
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    > Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    > suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW
    > has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    > stamped on it so the price can triple.
    >


    RaggTopp.

    I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but you
    may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is simply
    sprayed on and works extremely well.

    http://www.autogeek.net/rafaca.html?...FU5xFQodtGZ-og

    Tom K.



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    Bill
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    On Sat, 25 Nov 2006 15:36:42 GMT, "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid>
    wrote:

    >Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any suggestions
    >on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW has its own
    >line of course but they are some other brand with their logo stamped on it
    >so the price can triple.
    >


    Ditto on RaggTopp, heard many good reviews. BMW's brand is good, too.
    You can get two sessions from the BMW bottle of protectant, as it is
    mixed with water. I clean our top in the Spring and Fall, but Z4 is
    garage-kept. The BNW cleaner works, only use it sparingly.

    Bill
    Chesapeake, VA

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    Carl McIver
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    "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    > Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    > suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW
    > has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    > stamped on it so the price can triple.


    I just use a scrub brush and soapy water to clean the top on my other
    convertible. Nothing too rough or too soft, I just need the bristles to get
    into the grain of the top material, and into the stitching without damaging
    anything.



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    newsonline
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    "Carl McIver" <cmciver@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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    > "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    > > Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    > > suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it?

    BMW
    > > has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    > > stamped on it so the price can triple.

    >
    > I just use a scrub brush and soapy water to clean the top on my other
    > convertible. Nothing too rough or too soft, I just need the bristles to

    get
    > into the grain of the top material, and into the stitching without

    damaging
    > anything.


    I've used Autoglym's Cabriolet Hood Cleaner for our soft tops with great
    results.
    It cleans and then re-proofs the hood and protects it from staining. It's
    not cheap - so others
    might know of cheaper/better products.
    HTH
    Steve



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    grinder
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    "Tom K." <tkorth1@spamspamcomcast.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    >> Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    >> suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW
    >> has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    >> stamped on it so the price can triple.
    >>

    >
    > RaggTopp.
    >
    > I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but
    > you may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is
    > simply sprayed on and works extremely well.
    >
    > http://www.autogeek.net/rafaca.html?...FU5xFQodtGZ-og
    >
    > Tom K.
    >


    Thanks. Amazon has it for sale at a better price. One review said it
    worked great after trial and error while the other review REALLY panned it.



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    mcquarrie
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    The power washer at my local car wash does a pretty good job of
    cleaning my top - '98 M3. I just let it air dry. But it sounds like I
    should be using something after washing.....

    grinder wrote:
    > "Tom K." <tkorth1@spamspamcomcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:FcmdnSXz0NiXF_XYnZ2dnUVZ_uqdnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
    > >
    > > "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    > > news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    > >> Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    > >> suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW
    > >> has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    > >> stamped on it so the price can triple.
    > >>

    > >
    > > RaggTopp.
    > >
    > > I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but
    > > you may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is
    > > simply sprayed on and works extremely well.
    > >
    > > http://www.autogeek.net/rafaca.html?...FU5xFQodtGZ-og
    > >
    > > Tom K.
    > >

    >
    > Thanks. Amazon has it for sale at a better price. One review said it
    > worked great after trial and error while the other review REALLY panned it.



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    mcquarrie
    Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Convertible Top

    The power washer at my local car wash does a pretty good job of
    cleaning my top - '98 M3. I just let it air dry. But it sounds like I
    should be using something after washing.....

    grinder wrote:
    > "Tom K." <tkorth1@spamspamcomcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:FcmdnSXz0NiXF_XYnZ2dnUVZ_uqdnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
    > >
    > > "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    > > news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    > >> Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    > >> suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it? BMW
    > >> has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their logo
    > >> stamped on it so the price can triple.
    > >>

    > >
    > > RaggTopp.
    > >
    > > I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but
    > > you may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is
    > > simply sprayed on and works extremely well.
    > >
    > > http://www.autogeek.net/rafaca.html?...FU5xFQodtGZ-og
    > >
    > > Tom K.
    > >

    >
    > Thanks. Amazon has it for sale at a better price. One review said it
    > worked great after trial and error while the other review REALLY panned it.



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    Tom K.
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    "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Tom K." <tkorth1@spamspamcomcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:FcmdnSXz0NiXF_XYnZ2dnUVZ_uqdnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
    >>
    >> "grinder" <seagle@earthlink.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:eqZ9h.3089$sf5.3052@newsread4.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    >>> Just bought a used (10k miles) Z4 with a light tan rag top. Any
    >>> suggestions on what to use to clean it and possibly water proof it?
    >>> BMW has its own line of course but they are some other brand with their
    >>> logo stamped on it so the price can triple.
    >>>

    >>
    >> RaggTopp.
    >>
    >> I use regular car washing soap and the Raggtopp fabric protectant - but
    >> you may wish to get the Raggtopp cleaner as well. The protectant is
    >> simply sprayed on and works extremely well.
    >>
    >> http://www.autogeek.net/rafaca.html?...FU5xFQodtGZ-og
    >>
    >> Tom K.
    >>

    >
    > Thanks. Amazon has it for sale at a better price. One review said it
    > worked great after trial and error while the other review REALLY panned
    > it.
    >

    You are welcome. As I didn't mean to infer that Autogeek had the best
    price, I'm glad you found the Amazon site. I read the review that panned it
    and it seems that this guy might have used the vinyl protectant on his
    boxster's cloth top - which is probably not a good idea. If not, then you
    might want to try it out on a small section of your top to see if you have
    the same discoloration issue he reported. As I've only used it on black
    tops, I haven't had this problem.

    Tom K.



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    E Brown
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    On 28 Nov 2006 12:29:46 -0800, "mcquarrie" <00derek@gmail.com> wrote:

    >The power washer at my local car wash does a pretty good job of
    >cleaning my top - '98 M3. I just let it air dry. But it sounds like I
    >should be using something after washing.....


    You should be using something else to clean it, too. The idea
    behind the top-specific cleaners is to prevent fade, both by using
    gentle detergents and adding UV protectants. The second stage products
    are to waterproof the top so that a really heavy rain won't soak it
    through and cause leaks.
    epbrown
    --
    "Everybody wants a normal life and a cool car;
    most people will settle for the car." Chris Titus
    2003 BMW 325i Black/Black, 2003 BMW Z4 Black/Black

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