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Old 12-07-2004
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Default About vinyl tops

Years ago, any parts store had vinyl top dressings. Nowadays, with the demise of OEM vinyl tops, those products have disappeared. So what do you use on vinyl tops? I have a Cadillac with an OEM installed vinyl top. Armor-All and those types of products just streak the glass and paint after a rain and don't last all that long either. HELP!!
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Old 12-08-2004
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Default Re: About vinyl tops

What i've found that works is a high quality rubber and vinyl dressing like our Protectant.

Assuming the top is clean and dry, apply the Protectant to a closed cell foam applicator or clean terry cloth applicator and wipe the top.

Then, buff the top with a thick terry cloth towel - it will remove all the excess Protectant that gets down in the pattern/grain of the top. This is the spot most folks miss - the excess product in the grain either runs down when it gets wet, or catches dirt and dust, making the top look dirty.

That should do the trick for you.
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Thanks for the input. What is the base in the protectant? Silicone, petro, a polymer? Is one any better or worse? I was using Mop n' Glo for a while with no problem but lately, after sealing the top, the first rain causes white spots that don't go away.
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Default Re: About vinyl tops

It's a PDMS silicone, which is the "good" kind.
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