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    Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    What is the best way to clean the dirt from a vinyl top? Material is "elk grain" and there is dirt in the impressions. Car is 1979 Sedan deVille. Mild soap and a brush? Thanks!!! Dave

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    My top was alabaster color (similar to light beige). I used a spray bottle of water with a little bleach in it. I just sprayed, rubbed the vinyl top with a wet sponge to disperse it evenly, waited about 20 seconds and then washed it with a car wash sponge with soapy water.

    There is color safe bleach you can use since your top is a darker color than what I was dealing with. Plus you only need a little bit of bleach added to your water. I would fill a spray bottle with about 1/5th bleach, the rest water.

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Thanks for the advice! The color of the top is yellow. I'll afraid of using bleach but it seems like a good idea. Dave

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Oops, I thought I read Elk Green. Now I see...Elk Grain. Mine had the grain also.

    I understand the concern about bleach. If you decide to use it, Water it down good, test in a small area first, and there is no need to leave it on too long. Just leave on long enough to get the grime and mildew loose.

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Yep, what he sadi^^

    After several months, it seems, of sitting outside, both the white vinyl factory-spec tops on our Fleetwood and Roadmaster seem to dirty a bit and even mildew if it rains a lot.

    Two or three times each now, we've done the watered down bleach method--a bucket with the solution in, some thick rubber gloves and old clothes, and a "scratchy" pad from the kitchen to aid in scrubbing. Worked great.

    Now, it's just too bad we can't seem to keep them the same bright white for anymore than about 4 months....

    Here was on of the last before and after shots I had from July:

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Looks good!

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldyfig
    Looks good!
    Yeah, too bad we can't keep it that way for very long...

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    I can tell you what not to do. Wesley's Bleach White. Made my 76 Delta 88 white top look awesome. Stained the paint as it dripped off.... DOH!

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Quote Originally Posted by N0DIH
    I can tell you what not to do. Wesley's Bleach White. Made my 76 Delta 88 white top look awesome. Stained the paint as it dripped off.... DOH!
    So true. I've NEVER gone near that stuff, just because it's about one of the worst things to use on anything.

    Well, unless your goal is to make paint and trim dissolve...

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Just use some dish detergent in a bucket of water and a soft brush. That gets it clean pretty easily. And unless it's really dirty you can just use a rag.

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    On tires I use it all the time, never an issue. It has never hurt my rims either. Do not let it dry, else it gets difficult to get off. You might need to respray and then scrub up some more to get it off.

    I always use a scrub brush, even though you aren't supposed to need it. It brings whitewalls out awesome. Even blackwalls look sharp once they are cleaned with WBW.


    Quote Originally Posted by caddycruiser
    So true. I've NEVER gone near that stuff, just because it's about one of the worst things to use on anything.

    Well, unless your goal is to make paint and trim dissolve...

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    I have used it on whitewalls. It does work good on them.

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    Never use bleach in any form on your vinyl or fabric tops.Bleach is highly corrosive by nature what happens over time is the cloth stitching will break down quickly when exposed repeatedly to products containing strong concentrations of bleach. The top will come out looking clean but it comes with a high price , top replacement . Check your owners manual for suggestions on cleaning your vinyl top . Raggtopp makes a cleaner and protectant that works great or vinyl and fabric tops either for covertables or hardtops. It's not harmfull on the paint , chrome , glass and plastic windows .

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    I've heard that a Mr. clean magic eraser can be used without harming the vinyl, is this true? my '83 Coupe Deville has a white top that has started to look a little bit dirty over the years, nothing too bad just a little, and I was to to use it on my top.

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    Re: Procedure for cleaning vinyl top?

    I have a real problem putting bleach on anything to do with a car.
    A dedicated cleaner & then a protectorant seems to be in order. I have purchased different products from these people and have never been disapointed.
    http://www.properautocare.com/besprodforvi1.html

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