Vinyl Top - clean and maintain suggestions needed

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  1. Chuck71RS

    Chuck71RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The vinyl top is a 1986 replacement. Car has been in the garage without windows. The color is still good and uniform, material is pliable, no dry rot, no cracks, the material underneath is still has cushion.

    Has not been really cleaned in 32 years though during this rebuild a couple water rinse offs and towel wipe was done.

    After being cleaned, will keep a cover on the top

    So, with a 32 year old vinyl top
    • What to use for a deep clean. More importantly, what should be avoided?
    • After deep cleaned, should a conditioner be used? Anything that should be avoided?
    • What about future maintenance
     
  2. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    I use 303 Protectant on my Vinyl and Rubber.........................
     
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  3. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    Very soft bristle brush and mild soap. Then use the 303 after.
     
  4. DrPepper

    DrPepper Member

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    x3 on using 303 protectant, mild soap & a soft brush. If it's in as good condition as you describe, a brush may not be needed.
    BTW, I use 303 on the tonneau cover on my dually. It sits outside all the time and the cover is like new.
     
  5. Chuck71RS

    Chuck71RS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    About how many applications on vinyl top from a 16 oz container? One gallon on Amazon is $59 w free shipping
     
  6. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    Guy on you tube likes to soak his belts and wipers in 303. Claims you will have years or lifetime of use if done on regular basis. IDK Wipers Down here barely last 6 months in the sun.
     
  7. DrPepper

    DrPepper Member

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    IMO & experience, a 16 oz container should last you about 4 or 5 years. On my tonneau covers, I apply 303 about 4 times a year & use less than 1 oz per application. That's on a cover that is outside all the time. If your car is garaged, you'll use less.
     
  8. 78TypeLTCamaro

    78TypeLTCamaro Veteran Member Gold Member

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    On my landau top on my cutlass I use OneGrand Vinyl Protectant. Long lasting. I get it from carcareonline.com. I just clean it with mild car wash soap and apply the OneGrand.
     

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