Did you know that fabric was once the only type of car top? That was until vinyl became popular in the 1950s. Even though there are now many options for car tops, the fabric is still a great choice.

Whether you have a landau top or a convertible, it is essential to properly care for your fabric top. Fabric car tops require a different type of care than traditional vinyl or leather car tops. This article explores the best ways to care for your fabric car top. We will cover how to clean it, protect it from the sun and weather, and repair any damage that may occur.

Follow these tips, and your fabric car top will last for many years to come.

Check For Damages

Vehicles with fabric tops are susceptible to damages from fallen branches, hailstones, and even other vehicles’ keys. Check your car top regularly for any cuts or holes. If you find damage, it is vital to repair it as soon as possible. By doing so, you’re taking proactive steps to prevent the holes or leaks from worsening.

Cleaning a Fabric Car Top

The best way to clean a fabric car top is by using a mild detergent and water. Avoid harsh chemicals or solvents, as they can damage the fabric. You can either use a sponge or a soft brush to clean the top. Rinse it well with clear water when done. 

Apply A Protectant

After cleaning and allowing your fabric car top to dry, the next step to take is to apply a protectant, such as an Anti-Fading Fabric Spray, to the surface. This protectant spray helps to protect the fabric from the sun and other elements, which adds longevity to the lifespan of your fabric car top.

Use A Cover When Not In Use

If you don’t rely on your fabric top vehicle as your primary driver, it is essential to store it properly. Among the ways to do this is by using a car cover. Putting a cover on top of the car prevents the fabric from damage and discoloration from dust, dirt, and other debris. When left exposed to the elements, your fabric top may not last as long as it could.

Keep In Garage Storage If Possible

If your soft-top vehicle is your daily driver, storing it in a garage or other covered parking is ideal for helping extend its lifespan. By keeping it in a garage when you aren’t driving, you’re preventing the fabric top from exposure to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements that could cause wear and tear.

While fabric car tops are not as standard as they once were, they are still an excellent option for many drivers. Your fabric car top can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

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