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Old 18-06-2018, 10:56 AM   #11
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So a product with a Fungicide and a Bactericide though would separately attack both.

So Renovo Fabric Hood Cleaner does contain both. I always recommend a product made for the job if there is one.

I've seen far worse tops look excellent after following the product instructions
I've used both Renovo cleaner, I've also used an APC with excellent results. After cleaning thoroughly and using the Renovo dye the initial algae spots that were on the top of the roof over 4 years ago never returned. There is a problem spot just below the rear window where algae seems to persist, but the car does stand outside on the drive 24/7.

I've done the complete roof twice in over 4 years, initially with Renovo cleaner and lately with APC following up on both occasions with Renovo Dye and Fabsil Gold which seems better than the Renovo one.

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Old 18-06-2018, 11:04 AM   #12
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This miltons sterilizing fluid that you guys are mentioning is that the baby stuff? If so do you dilute it and spray then agitate? What dilution ratio? Thanks
Hi Sam

Yes the Miltons sterilising solution for baby's bottles etc, I thinks they use the the sterilising tablets diluted as per instructions, also fabsil for re-proofing as mentioned earlier, by far the cheapest and does the job.
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Old 18-06-2018, 11:12 AM   #13
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Recommendation copied (not mine) from the Saab UK forum for soft to cleaning as below

Shameless cut and paste from a guru...Dave was SwissVax approved Detailer, now retired I believe. I got this info and loads of other money saving tips from him through another Forum.
Of course he's a Scot so nearly as tight as me, a Yorkshireman...
This stuff really does work, you've seen my roof...that was done last year! It was minging before too, water marks, mould spores etc. His tips truely work. Being SwissVax, he had chance to use their gear but chose the following...

First of all I really don't rate any of the "off the shelf" products, they're expensive and not very effective.
So, here's what I use...easy and cheap.

"Fabsil" is your friend. Buy it from camping/outdoor type shops, 2.5lts for around £13.00. Apply to a DRY hood with a 2" paintbrush, avoid splashing on paintwork (it won't damage paint - just messy!)And it does have a "restorative" effect deepening colour and giving it a new(er) look.

To clean your hood:
*Bucket, warm water and some Johnsons Baby Bath.
*Brush hood with hand brush to remove loose dirt (or vacuum)
*Soak hood with water and baby bath - work in solution using handbrush.
*Rinse with a free flow of water from a hose - no nozzle
*Allow to dry and re-proof with Fabsil. One coat is usually sufficient, though a second coat won't hurt 24hrs later.

Green mould? Use Milton baby bottle sterilising tablets and a soft toothbrush. The fluid will kill any mould spores. Mix as directed and apply solution with a nail brush and gently scrub. Leave for 5 mins and rinse off.

Bird Sh*t on roof? Carry a bottle of carbonated water and some kitchen towel, wipe off what you an with paper towel and trickle fizzy water over affected area... the bubbles will lift cr*p out of hood fabric.

Dave

And from later in the same thread...

I've tried pretty much everything available from the boutique manufacturers (ie eye watering cost) to the low end'ish AG stuff and nothing works as well nor gives value for ££'s as does Fabsil...relatively inexpensive, a doddle to use and does what is needed.

I've tried Renovo - it's not easy to get a good and even finish (and when you do it looks "treated" and less than OEM) I've seen and been invited to rectify a few pretty awful looking jobs after owners used Renovo.
I really do suggest taking my advice and going for the Fabsil! If I could find anything else that was as effective, wallet friendly and as easy to use, I'd be letting you know
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Some great tips there for bird crap that il be trying out.

Iv used fabsil and used other dedicated proofers e.g. 303, Qtechniq and Auto Glymm. Fabsil seems to work just as well if not better and much cheaper. I usually dispense into a small squeezy bottle then apply to a MF pad and spread over the roof. This works as well as a paintbrush for me and also means there could potentially be less mess.

Got to give this miltons steriliser a go now as it seems like just what i need.
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I had a Mini Convertible to valet today with a very green soft top to clean aswell. I used G101 and, shock horror.....a Tuf Shine tyre brush, and the improvement was incredible! No damage at all using the brush, and the customer was over the moon. Finished with Fabsil. No before pic unfortunately. Car is 12yrs old
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I found using Renovo it goes on much easier and even, using a rag to apply it rather than a brush


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https://imgur.com/Wj3Kbu0 <--- Click on link

Pic taken a couple of weeks ago of Saab with Renovo,,, Done in Oct 2017

Still looks good

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