In Reply to: Get a new convertible top (almost) for $7.00 posted by WarCamp on January 14, 2000 at 11:47:04:
Leaving the top unlatched it a good idea. I did this with the windows up and old beach towels draped over the windscreen and windows to catch drips and runs. I had more trouble with the stuff dripping off of the wet top than off of the brush, but then I put it on pretty heavily -- used something like 1/8 of the 1 gallon container. Stinky! I did the appliaction at about 9 pm in my garage and left the side door open overnight to let the smell dissipate. It lingered for a few days.
Water beads up like crazy from the top. After a rinsing at the body shop yesterday, the top was dry by the time they drove it to the dealer (less than 20 minutes).
: Last Sunday I applied 'StarBrite Waterproofing and Fabric Treatment' and the results were quite amazing. It looks almost like new - really good stuff. It took me 20-30 minutes and no problems at all. Only bad point is that you have to leave the top up for several hours to dry, hard to do in good weather. I let mine dry an hour then drove it with the top UP for a few more hours.
: Procedure is:
: 1. Buy 'StarBrite Waterproofing and Fabric Treatment'. I got mine from West Marine that cost $7.29/pt or $21.99/gal. No West Marine out in Arizona? Call them at 1-800-BOATING and have them ship it. In a previous post I said that I got a quart and used 3/4 of it. WRONG, I got a pint and used 3/4. The pint size has a spray applicator that is not useable on a car top. I poured the liquid into a disposable can and used a cheap disposable brush.
: 2. Wash theZ and dry it VERY good. I let mine set out in direct sun for an hour.
: 3. It would no doubt be better if you vacuumed the top before applying the StarBrite but I didn't.
: 4. Apply the StarBrite. It smells like a light hydrocarbon and as such I was careful not to get it on paint, leather or for that matter, the rubber gaskets. 5. I started with the top up but not latched so that I could get kinda under the rear rubber seal and under the front edge. I put it on as heavy as I could without spilling it off of the brush.
: Did I forget anything? Naaa