: How do I take care of my padded top?



D-Boy
06-24-11, 03:10 AM
I have not washed my car since I bought it about a month ago and the top is still in pretty nice condition, I'm afraid to put ANYTHING on the top... even water. I'm thinking of just using water and a cloth (no soap) with a lite touch. The top actually turned a lighter color when I used a cloth to take off some bird droppings, so there is one spot on the top that is a lighter color. I'm also thinking that the whole top will turn color if I try to clean it. I don't think that the color of the top as it is right now, would be from dirt. the color of my top is gray,as is my car (Triple Gray) the color of the spot is a silver color. Can anyone advise me on what to do?

MoistCabbage
06-24-11, 05:27 AM
A month without washing? The top turned a lighter color because it's DIRTY. Wash it as you would the rest of the car, with a quality automotive soap. And if you go through automatic car washes, (not that that's good for the paint in the first place) it won't hurt the top. Don't put any kind of protectants or "preservatives" on it. There's really nothing to worry about, pretend it isn't even there and enjoy the car.

outsider
06-24-11, 09:46 AM
I like to go over mine with murphy's oil soap. gives it a nice shine :)

robb257731
06-24-11, 09:59 AM
I use 303. It's great...

Stingroo
06-24-11, 10:33 AM
Here's a huge thread on the topic with ideas:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1984-deville-fleetwood-1985/178607-vinyl-top-care-how-often.html

Cadillacboy
06-25-11, 12:02 PM
Your car sounds perfect , just 12K miles , even less than ours lol