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    Cloth top cleaning and repair

    Hi there Cadillac forums! My 99 devilles cloth top is starting to come loose at the sides... i was thinking that silicone would work well to put it back into place?

    Also my cloth top gets really dirty, alot of birds around here.... are there any products made for cleaning cloth tops? The regular car was products dont seem to work to well

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    What do you mean by "loose at the sides"? Is there stitching that's falling apart? Binding? Or is it just lifting?

    Car wash liquid, and a soft brush should take off any presents from your flying friends. There are convertible top cleaning products, but do not use anything that "treats" the top in any way.

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    Stiching had come undone mostly.. its not terrible and its just on side... as far as the vac goes theres to brushs on it... it kust sprays i mix of hot water and a soap onto it and then the vac part sucks it up., very strong vac

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    You can lift ip the black cloth and see the roof

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    Ill use car was soap instead of the other stuff

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    Once it starts falling apart, there's not much you can do. If you want to try an adhesive, go for it, can't hurt. Just be neat.

    I don't think the vac would do much, there would be no airflow through the material, it's glued directly onto a fiberglass form.

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    If thats the case mine needs to be re glued as it lifts right up. You can see its not really glued any more

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    Re: Cloth top cleaning and repair

    Silicone is not an adhesive.
    And once you get it in there there will be no going back.

    They make adhesives for that.

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    Re: Cloth top cleaning and repair

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    What do you mean by "loose at the sides"? Is there stitching that's falling apart? Binding? Or is it just lifting?

    Car wash liquid, and a soft brush should take off any presents from your flying friends. There are convertible top cleaning products, but do not use anything that "treats" the top in any way.
    What is considered a product that "treats" the top that we shouldn't use. Is that like scotch guard? Also, how often should one wash their car? and do these intervals change in the winter?

    Thank you, I have a 2003 DeVille.

    Ray

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    Re: Cloth top cleaning and repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Sisqosasha View Post
    What is considered a product that "treats" the top that we shouldn't use. Is that like scotch guard? Also, how often should one wash their car? and do these intervals change in the winter?

    Thank you, I have a 2003 DeVille.

    Ray
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    What is considered a product that "treats" the top
    that we shouldn't use. Is that like scotch guard?

    YES - and anything like it -

    how often should one wash their car?
    ah - when it gets dirty -
    EXCEPT if the temps are below zero -

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    Also, never use convertible top "treatment" or any water proofing products.

    And speaking of winter, never try to pull ice off of the roof. What I do is gently brush the whole car off with my arm (snow brushes leave all kinds of swirls and marks in the paint), then go to the DIY car wash booth, and use the high pressure rinse to wash/melt all of the stuck ice off of the roof (DO NOT put the wand closer than 6" from the material). Then I go through the regular car wash so the roof gets dry. Otherwise it will be shiny and rock hard when it freezes.

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    Re: Cloth top cleaning and repair

    get the problem at the source, bird shot 12ga.
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    If you want to try an glue it back, try to find a gallon of the Dap Weldwood Contact Adhesive Landau Top & Trim. How about using some Haartz Raggtop cleaner and protector?

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    I have a gallon of weldwood. EXTREMELY strong stuff.

    Cleaner is fine, "protector" and "treatment" products is what you want to stay away from.

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    some of th bubble are approx 1 feet diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002CarriageTopDevil
    some of th bubble are approx 1 feet diameter.

    this morning i noticed my carriage has some air bubbles, i am thinking of cutting a little incision and spraying some adhesive in there. any thoughts?

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    You'll never get full coverage, and you'll just end up with several smaller bubbles, and possibly lumps/waves in the fabric.

    The material has to be peeled back, the old adhesive cleaned off, the correct adhesive sprayed on, and the material stretched taut and stuck back down. ~$200/$300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage
    You'll never get full coverage, and you'll just end up with several smaller bubbles, and possibly lumps/waves in the fabric.

    The material has to be peeled back, the old adhesive cleaned off, the correct adhesive sprayed on, and the material stretched taut and stuck back down. ~$200/$300.
    thanks for the info, if i can get a pro to do it right... i will... i was gonna drown the fabric with adhesive, and hope they stick.
    i m afraid its gonna get worse and rip right off on the highways if ignored.

    i think parking it outdoors did this...

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