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Old 15-07-2018, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hi all,
We picked up a very nice A4 convertible the other week and I have started the process of bringing it up to a decent standard.
I have decided to attack the roof first and brought the AG pack with cleaner , proofer and sponge. I have not had great results with it despite following the instructions and doing half the roof twice for comparison.

Best products for cleaning then proofing please , and technique :-)

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Old 16-07-2018, 08:31 AM   #2
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I've used gtechniq I1 to protect a few convertible roofs. It's very easy to use, spray and wipe then leave for at least 3 hours to dry, I left the car in a garage overnight. You have to make sure the roof is completely dry before applying, I had washed the car 2 days prior.
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Old 16-07-2018, 11:12 AM   #3
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Fabsil for protection, cheap and very effective. For cleaning im still trying to find the best product. I bought some renovo soft top cleaner that i intend to try out, also bought a pack of those milton sterilising tablets that alot of people recommend on here. If the renovo doesnt work, il try the milton stuff and see how i get on.

I use a soft brush like a shoes shine brush for gently scrubbing the roof.
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Will Milton not bleach the roof?
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Will Milton not bleach the roof?
I would hope not, bought it off multiple recommendations on here, but as i said il be trying out the renovo stuff before i try the milton stuff. Im sure someone who has used it before will be along soon to get rid of now both of our concerns with milton
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I use SurfEx HD diluted to about 5% (10% for mould or other nasty's) to clean it. Brush it in with fabric brush in straight lines, rinse thoroughly and wet vac the excess. After its completely dry, I protect with Aerospace 303 fabric guard. I have also used Fabsil as mentioned above which another great waterproofer.
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I have the Ag kit also, less than impressed.

My technique is to vacuum it to get the loose dust and dirt off it. A thorough soak (assuming no leaks) a good soapy wash. I have had excellent results with a laundry detergent for woollens, my preference is the Formil brand sold by Lidl. I hope its still available, tried to find a link online without success. I use a 2 inch paint brush to really work the suds into the seams and along the fabric closest to the boot lid. This area seems to get the wettest of anywhere after heavy rain.

Soap it up and then wash down, thoroughly dry with a towell. I leave the proofing until the following day when I use the AG proofer applied with a paint brush and not the spray. I will be buying Fabsil to replace the AG kit.
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