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Old 11th July 2017, 01:10 AM   #1
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Need advice to soft tops, my first venture into this! So would like advice to this. I've got some autoglym stuff haven't had a chance to use it yet but hopping for some good beading action from it. Now how long does the repellent last? And also a bird has did its business on it! Is it a case of water and brush with some car shampoo? And will that wash of the protective layer meaning I'd have to spray it on again and let dry etc etc... or would members recommend a different product altogether. My apologies for the daft questions but I am a total vert virgin
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Old 12th July 2017, 09:16 PM   #2
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Autoglym is really good. Just be careful to make sure you clean any sealant off the paintwork straight away.

I do mine 3 times a year.
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Old 12th July 2017, 09:38 PM   #3
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Autoglym is really good. Just be careful to make sure you clean any sealant off the paintwork straight away.

I do mine 3 times a year.
Gets my vote.. had mine re-dyed also!!
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Autoglym is really good. Just be careful to make sure you clean any sealant off the paintwork straight away.

I do mine 3 times a year.
Do you use the whole bottle when doing this.
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Old 13th July 2017, 08:20 AM   #5
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I used the autoglym kit last year. Then sealed the roof by painting on some Fabsil. Works a treat and still beads now.
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Old 13th July 2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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Fabsil gold is going strong after 16 months on mine. However deep deep clean first.

Apc scrub, rinse, repeat 3 times.
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Old 15th July 2017, 01:39 AM   #7
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So general consensus wash with the autoglym cleaner then seal with fabsil, do you apply on when the fabrics dry or can you paint the fabsil straight after the wash? On a maintenance point do you wash the soft top with the car every time? Or do you just wash the body work?
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Old 15th July 2017, 09:00 AM   #8
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Give the soft top a hoover first with a brush attachement, deep clean 2/3 times a you'll know when it's clean as the foam with come it white not green ha! Wait till it's 100% before applying fabsil. Really darkens the hood and makes a great finish!

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So general consensus wash with the autoglym cleaner then seal with fabsil, do you apply on when the fabrics dry or can you paint the fabsil straight after the wash? On a maintenance point do you wash the soft top with the car every time? Or do you just wash the body work?
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It will be pretty waterproof after that. Maybe just a quick blast over with a hose and soft brush. Nothing too hard or abracsive.
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How do you guys deal with bird [email protected]út on the fabric roof.
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How do you guys deal with bird [email protected]út on the fabric roof.
I always have a bottle of Adams waterless wash & a fresh microfiber in the car. As soon as i seem bird crap it get a blast then wipes off with the MF. It's not paint so you can be a little bit more heavy handed.
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Sometimes I find it a little late and it's dried hard I wipe it off with a microfibre cloth but it's hard to get it out of the bumps in the fabric cloth
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Sometimes I find it a little late and it's dried hard I wipe it off with a microfibre cloth but it's hard to get it out of the bumps in the fabric cloth
If that's the case spray it a few times and leave it to dwel. This is softin the turd :-)
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The Autoglym kit is good, give the roof a nice soaking, then i used a nail brush with the cleaner part of the kit over the tough sponge that comes with the kit and then used about 1/3 of the bottle of treatment making sure i sprayed it evenly on a cool day so it dries slowly. Youll get a good bead for 2-3 months, longer if you dont need to clean the hood too much when cleaning the car.
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Brought me some fabsil today
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Old 17th July 2017, 01:07 AM   #16
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Managed to get the top cleaned with the autoglym cleaner only washed it once as it was still pretty clean, i then painted on the fabsil, some nasty smelling stuff! Soaks in really quick and blended in really quick so have to watch where you have painted and where you haven't. Top looks perfect now, though it wasn't bad in the first place, just really needed that layer of protection. Just waiting for the rain now and see how well it sheets of and beads
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Old 20th July 2017, 12:01 AM   #17
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Ok first rain since coating with fabsil and proper disappointed barely any beading if anything it's just like before and soaked right in, I'm presuming I need to give it a few more coats? It just doesn't look like it's did jack so far
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I've used many different proofers on my soft top, different brands and varying prices. I always end up back with the autoglym one from the soft top kit. I've found it's way better than any other I've used. It beads really well, and lasts a long time; if you spray the roof while washing the car the spray beads or runs off. I always just use the autoglym kit for cleaning and proofing now
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Ok first rain since coating with fabsil and proper disappointed barely any beading if anything it's just like before and soaked right in, I'm presuming I need to give it a few more coats? It just doesn't look like it's did jack so far

Did it get wet pretty soon after you applied it ?

I used fabsil GOLD 1ltr and to give you an idea i used the whole lot on mine.
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I fabsil'd my roof monday and we had a massive thunderstorm Wednesday night the roof looked pretty wet but the rain was very heavy. This morning we had normal rain I would say and the roof beaded lovely.
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