Between convertible top fabrics, plastic windows and the zippers, there’s plenty of maintenance needed to keep your convertible tops clean, working well, protected and looking great. If you leave your convertible top unprotected, you’ll eventually see sun damage, fabric fading, possibly even cracking and stuck zippers.
We’ve covered some of the best cleaners, protectors, zipper lubricants and window cleaners of this year for the overall care of anything related to your convertible top. Here are the best convertible top cleaners of 2019.
10. McKee’s Plex All Cleaner and Polish
An important part of convertible top maintenance is keeping the windows in tip top shape. The Plex All Cleaner and Polish from McKee’s is an anti-fog cleaner and polish for clear plastics, plexiglass, headlights, acrylic and Lexan. This anti-static spray is the best cleaner to have on hand for your convertible top windows to keep them clear and allow maximum visibility. It will leave a transparent film on your clear plastics to protect it from bird droppings, tree sap, road grime and to help slightly block UV rays.
We recommend spraying this onto a quality microfiber towel and buffing your clear plastic surfaces. If you end up getting overspray onto your car’s paint, you may notice some discoloration that you might have trouble getting off. This can also be regularly used on safety glasses, motorcycle helmets, and boat windows in order to keep the surface cleaner longer and prevent UV degradation.
9. Chemical Guys Convertible Top Cleaner and Convertible Top Protectant Kit
Convertible tops are often neglected and uncared for. If you want your car to look its best, you need to make it clean and keep it clean. When you need a sprayable formula for cleaning your convertible top, the Convertible Top Cleaner and Convertible Protectant Kit from Chemical Guys will do the trick. The cleaner will work to safely remove dirt, dust, pollen, tree sap, bird droppings, paw prints, stains, and more from your convertible top. These products are safe for all convertible top colors.
Start by applying the cleaner to a long bristled brush and scrub thoroughly to work off any contaminants on your convertible top. Follow up with the convertible top protectant spray using a quality microfiber towel to restore and maintain protection from dirt, dust, road grime, and the sun’s harmful UV rays. With these two items, you’ll be set to clean your convertible top and keep it protected as well.
8. Bestop Soft Top Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant Retail Package
An often overlooked part of maintaining your convertible top is the zipper and ensuring that it not only works consistently but will continue to work reliably is essential. The Soft Top Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant will lubricate the zipper on your convertible top so that it operates snag-free, smooth, and allows you to open and close the zipper with ease. This non-toxic cleaner is environmentally safe, biodegradable and will work to make your zippers work better, whether they’re plastic or metal.
This cleaner and lubricant contains no silicone or wax, and can be used on almost all soft tops, zippered fabric accessories and marine zippers as well. The bottle contains 2 ounces of cleaner and lubricant which should be more than enough to clean and treat your zippers a few times. We recommend covering up or taping off your paint and vinyl windows before applying this zipper lubricant, as this may cause unfortunate staining on other products.
7. Blue Magic 707 Convertible Top Cleaner with Trigger – 16 fl. Oz.
The Convertible Top Cleaner & Protectant from Blue Magic is readily available as a spray for your convertible top to clean, restore, and protect. This cleaner and protectant is ideal for all vinyl, canvas, and soft tonneau covers. This will work to break up tough stains while cleaning your convertible top as well as give it an outstanding shine that will act as a protective layer.
This cleaner and protectant can also be used on truck bed covers, boat curtains, vinyl trim, vinyl interior, vinyl umbrellas, and other vinyl materials. Incredibly easy to apply, simply spray on and wipe down with a microfiber towel. A little goes a long way with this, but don’t be afraid to overspray because it won’t hurt to add a little extra. There’s no scent associated with this spray, so you won’t be left with a lingering odor after use.
6. Protex World Convertible Soft Top Canvas Waterproofer
This polymer based canvas waterproofer for convertible soft tops by Protex World will seal and form a protective waterproofing layer for your convertible soft top. When fully detailing a convertible top, waterproofing should be the last step taken. Applying this soft top canvas waterproofer will help your soft convertible top fight off tar, road grime, dirt, tree sap, mildew, mold, dust, bird droppings and more from sticking to it.
It is best to apply this waterproofer in cool/overcast conditions with shade preferred so the drying process does not cause an uneven finish when it dries. Apply the waterproofer with a clean paintbrush by starting in the middle and working your way out towards the edges. Be careful not to get any on the car’s painted surfaces. A full 3 hours is required for the waterproofer to dry and cure correctly. A second coating can be applied after the first layer has sufficiently dried. Once applied properly, this waterproofing should last approximately six months before needing to be applied again.
5. RaggTopp Fabric Convertible Top Cleaner/Protectant Ki
This all in one Convertible Top Cleaner & Protectant Kit by RaggTopp includes 5 items for your convertible top cleaning needs. It comes with a convenient bristled brush that you can use to scrub the RaggTopp cleaner onto your fabric/vinyl convertible top. Apply a small amount of cleaner and then scrub it in with the bristle brush to cleanse your fabric convertible top.
A few bristles may fall out the first time you use it but after that, it should hold up fairly well. The Cleaner is low pH, contains no bleach, and is anti-oxidant to clean your top without leaving any residue or markings. It will work to remove tough soil and oil stains on your top and stop the growth of mildew.
After the cleaner has been applied and rinsed off, follow up with the Convertible Top Protectant. This is a non-flammable, non-propellant formula that is dispensable via an aerosol solution. It will form a strong protective barrier on your convertible top that will extend the life of your top while protecting it from UV damage, dirt, grime, soil, tree sap, bird droppings, tar, road contaminants, salt, and other things that may land on your convertible top. Once finished, your top will have water and stain repellent protection and the look will be restored as well.
4. Genuine Chrysler Convertible Cloth Top Treatment
The Convertible Cloth Top Treatment by Chrysler is a specially formulated treatment to restore the waterproofing properties for convertible cloth tops. It is recommended to clean your convertible cloth top thoroughly before using this treater. This is an aftertreatment after cleaning to restore the water beading properties of your convertible top. It will restore the water-repellent properties that you desire on your cloth convertible top.
This is a genuine Chrysler fluid that is straight from the manufacturer. This is the original water repellant that they use for their cloth convertible tops out of the factory. This treatment will work as advertised, so if you’re looking for a water repellent spray for your cloth convertible top, this is it.
3. Griot’s Garage Convertible Top Cleaner
The Convertible Top Cleaner by Griot’s Garage is capable of restoring and maintaining your convertible top appearance as if it was still fresh from the dealer. This cleaner will bind to and allow you to remove dirt, grime, road contaminants, and other buildup on your cloth or vinyl convertible top.
This dye-free cleaner is also effective for cleaning vinyl and cloth furniture, umbrellas, patio furniture, or other objects made from cloth and vinyl. The pleasant aroma from the cleaner is just a cherry on top that will gently remind you that your vinyl or cloth top is clean and looking great.
2. RaggTopp Premium Convertible Top Brush
This high quality Convertible Top Brush from RaggTopp has bristles made from Nylex to gently but firmly break up loose dirt, debris, and other contaminants on your convertible top. This brush will gently clean your canvas, vinyl, and acrylic cloth convertible top materials without damaging them.
When used in conjunction with a spray fabric cleaner appropriate for the material of your top, there’s no better way to get rid of any unsightly dirt, dust, tar, tree sap, or other unsightly things that have chosen your convertible top as a home. The first brush developed and endorsed by the Haartz Corporation, this brush is our first choice for cleaning by brushing dirt and debris off of our convertible top.
1. Porsche Cabriolet Top Protectant and Waterproofer
A genuine Porsche product, this Top Protectant and Waterproofer from Porsche was designed with the Porsche Cabriolet convertible top in mind. It can be used on any canvas convertible top. Applying this aerosol spray is simple and easy, and will help your canvas convertible top to repel water easily. This waterproofer will help to protect your top from UV deterioration as well as buildup from everyday contaminants like dirt, bird droppings, tar, grease, tree sap, and more.
This waterproofing spray won’t affect the color of your top, but be sure to use in a well ventilated area after taping off your windows, trim, and other parts of your car where you don’t want to apply this spray. Optional use of a brush can help evenly distribute the waterproofer if needed before it sets to dry.