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Old 02-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Top has faded spots...any suggestions?

Help...Solstice is well loved but has an issue with the coloring on the top. In the spring, I drive it to work with the top down. When there is early morning dew and it goes into the trunk, the top rubs on the inside of the trunk lid. The result: You can see a big oval where the convertible supports are inside. Here is what it looks like.



The rectangles are right above the handle at the windshield. The oval is the cross bar. And the odd quadrilateral (hey, my geometry teacher would be so proud I remembered that!) and the diagonal streak are above the driver window where ther is a joint in the top mechanism. Now, I've used the special top cleaners and a lot of elbow grease...it don't thnk it is dirty in this pattern, I think it is it is faded in this pattern, or more correctly, rubbed off in this pattern. But, I could be wrong. Any suggestions? Is there a way to re-dye the top?
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can get it died to return to black.

The Kappa blanket is designed specifically to prevent this kind of wear. Get one and you will be happy.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm guessing that this is happening because your top is not seating down in the trunk properly - probably because of friction at the sides. Once you have cleaned up the problem areas (dyeing or similar, as Rob says) you can try this: Mod: Simple 'No-roof-wear-from-trunk-liner' fix

Also, a cheaper roof blanket alternative: Cheap and Easy in-trunk convertible-roof blanket
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks guys! where do they dye them? specialty convertible top shops I guess?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You may be able to just scrub it down with top cleaner. Then a couple days later treat the top with RaggTopp Fabric Protectant (we have canvas tops, not vinyl).
14 oz. RaggTopp Fabric Protectant : Amazon.com : Automotive 14 oz. RaggTopp Fabric Protectant : Amazon.com : Automotive

There are a couple other products out there of similar quality.

We have two 2008 Skys, and both tops look like new. I keep them treated.
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You may be able to just scrub it down with top cleaner. Then a couple days later treat the top with RaggTopp Fabric Protectant (we have canvas tops, not vinyl).
14 oz. RaggTopp Fabric Protectant : Amazon.com : Automotive

There are a couple other products out there of similar quality.

We have two 2008 Skys, and both tops look like new. I keep them treated.
Yeah - I agree - Try Rapptopp first before any dye...
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The rub marks on the sides are due to the rubber feet pressing down. The center is because of long term contact with the trunk liner

The solution is the blanket. As the invented, I stand behind you...err...it.
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Have the top dyed. It will look like brand new. I had my white leather seats in my Mustang re-painted (dyed if you will) and my white top done for a show and it looked awesome!!!
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I found this product using Google, haven't done this myself so I can't back the product.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone...lots of options! I'm working on my "Spring auto restoration/modification" campaign grand strategy and getting the Solstice top spruced up is near the top of the list...I'll do my research and figure out which of the above (or more likely several of the above) I'll do. But either way the top will look new again.
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Once you have it back to showroom, I highly second GS's recommendation of the raggtop protectant. Their cleaner and protectant have done a remarkable job in rejuvenating my 07's top.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My top stays in the trunk all summer, with no ill effects. As long as you keep it treated correctly, it should not discolor or end up with noticeable rub marks.
(if you really want to do this right, get the Kappa Blanket as Rob suggested, as well).

But there is one downside: The RaggTopp preserver tends to stay a little gooey. So if you park around cottonwood trees, the cotton will tend to stick and have to be picked off. But that is also why it repels water so well and maintains the OEM looks so good. My service writer commented last summer "What are you doing with the tops on your two Skys? They still look like new, and every other one we get in here looks all faded and they have marks on the top". So I gave up the info, and have seen a few others that miraculously look new now.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Both our tops appear new after 6 years. I keep them clean. I treat them with Raggtopp every 6 months and I always use your kappa blankets when they are in the trunk.

Plus its yet another opportunity for some cool custom graphics!
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Is there a link for the kappablanket?
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Is there a link for the kappablanket?
I did give you a link for the simple DIY version...

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Also, a cheaper roof blanket alternative: Cheap and Easy in-trunk convertible-roof blanket
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