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Care of Your Convertible Top

Installation: TopsOnline recommends that convertible tops and convertible top products be installed by a professional Automotive Upholstery and Trim Shop. These professionals have years of experience along with the proper tools and know-how to properly install your new convertible top and related products.

Care Immediately Following Installation: Once you have had your new convertible top product installed, be sure to leave your convertible top in the UP position. We recommend leaving it in the UP position for a minimum of one week in warmer climates, and a minimum of two weeks in colder climates; regardless of the material with which your convertible top is made.

This is very important, because, as a convertible car ages, the convertible top frame also ages. This can lead to changes in the linkages and joints, which means that the convertible top frame will not have the exact same alignment as when your convertible car was new. Leaving the convertible top and glass or plastic window in the UP position, after installation, will allow the convertible top time to adjust, relax, and become “seasoned” on the convertible top frame.

How to Prolong the Life of Your New Convertible Top: The following tips will help your new convertible top last longer. Some of these may seem like common sense, but we highlight these tips and tricks in order to help you maximize the value of your investment.

Cleaning Your Convertible Top

Cleaning Convertible Top Plastic Windows: Convertible top plastic windows should be cleaned regularly. Hose or blow off loose dirt and dust; do not leave loose dirt or dust on the plastic window, otherwise you risk scratching your plastic window during the cleaning process. Use plain water, or a mild soap in water. Apply the water or soapy water with a soft cloth, and gently clean the window. Be sure to wipe up/down or side to side. NEVER wipe in a circular motion, as this can damage the convertible top plastic window. Never use abrasive brushes when cleaning a plastic window, as this can scratch the window.

Additionally, we recommend that you consider using a convertible top plastic window glaze. This will clean and polish the window, will remove very fine scratches, and also adds a level of UV protection. (Please note: this will only remove very fine scratches, not minor, moderate, or worse scratches.)

Cleaning Convertible Top Glass Windows: Convertible top glass windows should be cleaned regularly. Use a water based glass cleaner only. Take care when cleaning a Defroster/Heated Glass Window, so that you do not scratch the defroster lines or wires. Also be sure not to break or damage the defroster power source connecting wire. Finally, take steps to be sure that cleaner does not drip into heat seals or seams.

Cleaning the Convertible Top Material: We recommend hand washing convertible tops and convertible top products. Convertible tops made in Vinyl can be cleaned using Vinyl cleaners. Cloth convertible tops can be cleaned using mild soap and water. If you live in a hard water area, using a water softener so that the water feels slippery, as this will better clean your convertible top. Raggtopp makes a high quality vinyl convertible top cleaner, and also a high quality cloth convertible top cleaner; Raggtopp is also recommended by Haartz, the manufacturer of convertible topping materials.

Car Washes: Car washes will not generally harm your convertible top, however, we recommend hand washing instead. Most importantly, NEVER allow a car wash to apply spray wax to your convertible top. This can damage the convertible topping material, and can ruin your convertible top plastic or glass window.

Other cleaning tips include:

Convertible Tops

Chrysler Sebring Convertible Tops

The Chrysler Sebring (sold as the Chrysler Cirrus in Mexico) is a mid-size coupe produced by Chrysler from 1995-2010. This affordable car has been a popular favorite over the years, which has kept the Chrysler Sebring sales strong. When replacing your Chrysler Sebring convertible top, be sure to choose the correct model year in order to get the right Sebring top for your model.

Ford Mustang Convertible Tops

The Ford Mustang is one of Ford's most enduring models. The Mustang is one of the original muscle cars: it created the "pony car" class of powerful sports car coupes. Originally introduced in 1964 at the New York World's Fair, the Ford Mustang - including the Mustang convertible top models - is Ford's third oldest nameplate still in production. The Shelby Mustang has a loyal following among enthusiasts and collectors. Shopping for a Shelby Mustang convertible top or a Ford Mustang convertible top? Check out our selection!

Mazda Miata Convertible Tops

The Miata (also known as the Mazda MX5) was introduced in 1989 and quickly became an immensely popular two-seater convertible roadster. The Miata's small size, light weight, and power hearkened back to popular small sports cars of the past, like the Austin-Healey Sprite and the Lotus Elan. Drop the Mazda Miata convertible top and get ready to have a blast! No less an authority than Jeremy Clarkson has said that "if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect."

Nissan Convertible Tops

Nissan's Z-Car line, which includes the Nissan 350Z convertible top, is one of the world's bestselling sports car lines with over 2 million cars sold. Nissan cars have garnered a well-deserved reputation for being dependable, reliable, and affordable, ever since the Datsun 280Z (sold as the Fairlady outside the United States) took the world by storm.

Porsche Convertible Tops

The Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster are two of the most popular and enduring consumer sports cars available today. The Porsche 911 convertible top was introduced as the Porsche 911 Cabrio in 1984. The Porsche 986, also known as the Porsche Boxster, no doubt counts the Boxster convertible top as part of its resounding success.

Toyota Convertible Tops

The Toyota Celica is one of Toyota's best-selling cars. It is available in a wide variety of body styles, but the Celica convertible top (ASC conversion) has been one of the most popular throughout the years. The MR2 Spyder convertible top is also a fun and sporty vehicle. The MR2 Spyder soft top is as entertaining as it is economical.

VW Convertible Tops

VW convertible top models include the convertible Beetle and the convertible Golf (sold as the VW Rabbit in the United States). The VW cabrio top is definitely part of the appeal of this long-lasting brand, ensuring VW's reputation as one of the best car manufacturers in the world.