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Hi there!

When I wash my Solstice I usually wash the top first, using 303's top cleaner. I'll then wash the rest of the car with car wash soap, etc. by hand. I don't believe using car wash soap would be a problem on the top, but I've always used dedicated top cleaner on it. I'm most worried about grinding dirt into the top. Admittedly I may be sensitive to that -- I had a white top on a car once, and it was a nightmare to keep clean (I swore them off after that). My Solstice's top is black.

I've thought a lot recently about getting a foam gun. There was a thread a long time ago that mentioned the foam gun, but that's been several years ago. Time for an update -- is the foam gun worth the $50-$100ish they cost, and will using it on the top cause any problems? I can't imagine it will but I thought I'd check with the group.

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I don't see how it could hurt. Let the foam break up and dirt and use a soft brush. Depending on the soap you use you may have to reapply a protectant, but it definitely won't harm the top.

I wouldn't bother using one though unless you have a pressure washer. The two bucket method works very well. I like to let my wash mitt soak up a load of suds and wring it out across the body work to let the soap work into any surface grime. Does the same job, without the cool layer of foam.
 

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What the hell is a FOAM GUN? I just use the self wash high pressure sprayer at my local car wash and wash my car myself. This is my 3rd convertible I have owned and I NEVER have any problems with the tops. My tops always look brand new. I wash my car about once a week. No fading and no wearing at all. I've only had black tops on my cars. Tan may show more dirt than normal.
 
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