Top Tips from Renovo’s Soft Top Doc #2
I have been looking online and was wondering, are Renovo products safe to use on my top and will they HARM my paintwork?”
Good question! I get asked this a lot!
The simple answer is NO!
All of Renovo’s products are water-based in order to be entirely kind to your soft top, paintwork and windows. I believe the main confusion about this matter is because of a lot of the pictures that circulate online that show a customer using tape to cover their paintwork or windows.
Of course there is no harm in covering your windows or paintwork with tape when applying Renovo products, but don’t panic if you do happen to accidentally splash a little onto your vehicles bodywork. Any splashes that you make during the application process, can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth, so always make sure you have one nearby!
As you can see by the picture on the right, customer felt a little cautious when applying Renovo products, and has used tape to cover the paintwork of his vehicle! If it helps you feel more at ease when applying our products, then do what you must!
If the marks have been allowed to dry on to your paintwork or glass, you can easily remove them with a mixture of hot water and quality car shampoo. However, I have found that once products such as the Soft Top Reviver
have been allowed to dry on your paintwork/windows, they can be easily eased off with your thumbnail.
I hope this has put your mind at ease, and feel free to contact me again if you have any further questions!
Top Tips from Renovo’s Soft Top Doc! #5
How do I REMOVE previously applied proofer before applying Soft Top Reviver?
I am happy to hear that you have read the instructions on the Soft Top Reviver bottle BEFORE applying it! It is important to thoroughly clean your soft top before applying the Reviver, because all of our products are water based in order to be entirely kind to your soft top, windows and paintwork. This means that any proofing agent that is still present on the top will repel the Reviver, stopping it from absorbing into the fabric, and thus creating a patchy, uneven appearance.
If you wish to remove Renovo Ultra Proofer from your soft top, then use Renovo’s Fabric Soft Top Cleaner according to the “severely soiled” instructions as follows – Mist spray the top and then paint on Fabric Soft Top Cleaner, leave the solution to process for approximately one hour; the optimum time for the active ingredients to work.
Using hand hot water the surface should then be scrubbed with a bristle brush, being careful around stitched areas and windows. It is essential to use hand hot water. Finish by rinsing off with water. Repeat the whole process as necessary.
To remove other proprietary branded water proofers it is best to contact the manufacturer’s customer service team to ascertain their best advice, although the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner will remove most known brands of proofer!
Don’t forget that you can check to see that you have removed the proofer by carrying out this very simple test… After you have cleaned the top, sprinkle little droplets of water over your soft top, and see if they are able to absorb into the fibres. If they do not and begin to bead on the top, then you will need to repeat the cleaning process until the water is able to absorb!
I hope you found this helpful, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!
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Top Tips from Renovo’s Soft Top Doc! #3
How do I know if my soft top is fabric OR vinyl? It’s a SAAB 9.3!”
First of all, thank you for asking this question BEFORE purchasing products that are not suitable for your soft top! You would be amazed how many times I have had to inform people that they have purchased the wrong products!
The best way to test whether your soft top is vinyl or fabric is to run your hand across the top. If it looks and feels similar to tent material, then you have a fabric roof. If it looks and feels like ingrained plastic, then your top is vinyl.
However, of course if you have doubts, simple use the products on a unnoticeable, small area of the top to test if the product is working.
As long as the SAAB has the original soft top, then it will be Fabric, which is most common with SAAB.
However, because you are only using the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner, and Ultra Proofer, both of these products are clear and water based – thus will not cause any damage even if your top was vinyl. The cleaner is in fact not much different to the Vinyl Soft Top Cleaner, and would therefore clean the top regardless of whether it is vinyl or fabric.
The Proofer however, will not damage your top if it was vinyl, but it would not be able to absorb, and therefore just settle on the top, so you will need to purchase Vinyl Ultra Proofer!
I hope this helps!
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Top Tips from Renovo’s Soft Top Doc #1
My Mercedes CLK has mould growing on it, WHAT can I use to remove it?”
The best product to remove mould from your soft top, is the Fabric Soft Top Cleaner. You should first paint the product on your soft top with a clean paintbrush, and then leave the cleaner on the top for an hour, so it can absorb into the fibres of your soft top.
Once the hour has passed, you should then give your top a good scrub with hot water, (the hotter the better), and a soft bristle brush. As you brush, you should be able to see the mould being lifted from the soft top, – this quite often smells very unpleasant too!
After you have finished giving your soft top a good scrub, you can then give your top a nice rinse to remove any particles of mould, or any suds still in the top! Don’t forget, NEVER rinse your top with a jet washer, as it can cause permanent damage to your soft top!
Repeat this whole process if you feel it is necessary, until your whole soft top is as clean as possible! Once satisfied, you may want to consider restoring the colour with the Soft Top Reviver, and then keep it protected using the Ultra Proofer!
I hope this answers your question! Take a look at this fantastic example of a fully restored soft top from a Renovo customer!
As you can see, the mould has been completely lifted from the soft top – A VERY happy customer!
Once he had cleaned his top, he masked any scarring that they mould may have left with the Soft Top Reviver, and then made sure his top is protected with the Ultra Proofer!
I hope this information has been helpful, feel free to contact me if you have any further questions!
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