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Old 21-11-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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Convertable Hood Care?

Any tips people? What to use to clean and protect.

I have never cleaned one at all and I am thinking of buying one at the weekend so need to know what I need to do come sunday if I do buy it!

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Old 21-11-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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OOh What yer buying Rich?

Step 1 hoover it!

Step 2 use a sticky lint roller

Step 3 clean it - wet it first with a hose and then use an APC or OTC something like AG hood cleaner. Work it in well with a sponge! Yes heres your chance to use a sponge again lol!

It should foam up a treat! Rinse thoroughly!

Step 4 allow to dry

Step 5 mask up all glass with newsapaper and spray liberally with a fabric protectant OTC AG stuff or preferably 303 fabric protector. best we can get here!

Step 6 allow to dry and then pour water on hood to admire that beading action lol!
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Old 21-11-2005, 09:00 PM   #3
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Used to have a Saab Convertible and used Autoglym Kit on that.

It consists of a cleaner and a conditioner. If its a new hood this should do the trick.

Mine started to look a bit ropey after a while so I purchased some Reno Hood paint. Its like a very thin paint which can be sprayed on if you have the equipment or brushed. This re colours any fading and makes the hood look almost brand new again. Its available from http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp?productID=8833. They also sell much more for convertible hood care such as conditioner/cleaners and proofer.

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Old 21-11-2005, 09:06 PM   #4
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Cheers guys.

Hood is in good shape replaced a couple of years ago. rear plastic screen is said to be clouded though.

A red K plate 205 1.9 CTi Mark - A really bad choice of a car for a winter daily drive but hey ho!
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Try this for the plastic window

http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp?productID=8840
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Cheers - nice one will do.
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Used to have a Saab Convertible and used Autoglym Kit on that.

It consists of a cleaner and a conditioner. If its a new hood this should do the trick.

Mine started to look a bit ropey after a while so I purchased some Reno Hood paint. Its like a very thin paint which can be sprayed on if you have the equipment or brushed. This re colours any fading and makes the hood look almost brand new again. Its available from http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp?productID=8833. They also sell much more for convertible hood care such as conditioner/cleaners and proofer.

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Nice one Rob theres a few patches on my wifes z3 hood that could use this, will probbaly wait until payday though! Or even Spring! Whichever comes first lol!
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I think Renovo do a nice range of covertible hood cleaners including plastic/polycarbonate cleaners.

http://www.renovointernational.com/
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I have only used the AG fabric hood kit and was pleased with the results.

I do exactly as Brazo posted.

The below picture is during cleaning a Renault Megane hood. The AG cleaner did a good job at removing the mould and mildew from the hood. This hood was especially bad and had to be cleaned 3 or 4 times and then rinsed.



The end result protected with AG Fabric Hood Protector.



Not forgetting the plastic rear screen which was treated with Meguiars PlastX and a 4" polishing pad.

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Old 22-11-2005, 04:48 PM   #10
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Cheers all. Will be off to Halfords to get the AG if I buy the car then.

Anyone used S100 Plastic Polish - any idea if this will be good for the plastic rear window? I have a feeling it says it can be used on Perspex visors. Works well on Plastic headlamps.
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