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      03-17-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Looking after a fabric convertible roof

Have replaced the 330d with an S5 cab and will do a write up in a week or two. In the meantime, for those of you that have had drop tops - what the best advice and tips for cleaning, protecting and keeping them in tip top condition? And getting rid of bird crap? Any particular products you'd recommend?
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      03-17-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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Have a look here.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ht=convertible

There is a few links to read more advice on caring for it.

Get some pics up of the new car. Nice cars.
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Renovo - You've not mentioned whether it's new or previously owned,none the less, you'll find all you'll need here:

http://www.renovointernational.com/

I used quite a few of their products on the wife's old mini cab,good gear

It's also sometimes cheaper on the Bay.

S5 cab Paul,guess the wind is not a problem
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I used the AG two-pack clean and protect system on my F12, but I was very disappointed as water did not bead on the surface.
I then tried BMW's own kit and, after two months, the water is still beading like spilt mercury - very impressive.
My local detailer advised me not to use shampoo as it contains oils and waxes, so I just use a soft brush and water whenever I wash the car - same procedure for removing bird crap.
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Have a look here.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ht=convertible

There is a few links to read more advice on caring for it.

Get some pics up of the new car. Nice cars.
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Renovo - You've not mentioned whether it's new or previously owned,none the less, you'll find all you'll need here:

http://www.renovointernational.com/

I used quite a few of their products on the wife's old mini cab,good gear

It's also sometimes cheaper on the Bay.

S5 cab Paul,guess the wind is not a problem
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I used the AG two-pack clean and protect system on my F12, but I was very disappointed as water did not bead on the surface.
I then tried BMW's own kit and, after two months, the water is still beading like spilt mercury - very impressive.
My local detailer advised me not to use shampoo as it contains oils and waxes, so I just use a soft brush and water whenever I wash the car - same procedure for removing bird crap.
Cheers guys, need to do a little bit of shopping me thinks. Quick pic below
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I used remove on my z4. When I got the car the roof had a little bit of green fungus around the lower sills etc. Renovo applied with a tooth brush sorted it. I read loads of info on detailing world and decided the Renovo route was the simplest and safest, the roof will stay clean as long as you park sensibly and Renovo around once a year.

With the z4 I avoided the products that sealed the fabric. The roof on the z4 was a 2 layer job. The canvas outer isn't supposed to be waterproof. The layer below is so the outer layer has to be breathable. Check if your roof is the same as a lot of modern cabs are and therefor sealing is generally not a good idea.
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... I then tried BMW's own kit and, after two months, the water is still beading like spilt mercury - very impressive.
My local detailer advised me not to use shampoo as it contains oils and waxes, so I just use a soft brush and water whenever I wash the car - same procedure for removing bird crap.
+1.

I also used a BMW outdoor cover, not a full cover but one that just covered the roof and windows.

The roof looked like new when I sold it, after 4 years being stood outside.
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...I also used a BMW outdoor cover, not a full cover but one that just covered the roof and windows...
That's a good idea. I've had a look on the BMW accessories website but I can't find it; I'd appreciate a link if you have one - thanks.
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That's a good idea. I've had a look on the BMW accessories website but I can't find it; I'd appreciate a link if you have one - thanks.
I only have the part numbers for the 2007/8 Z4.

The full "car cover outdoor" is: 82 15 0 148 891 @ 115 in 2007.

The half-cover "tarpaulin" is: 82 15 0 151 568 @ 75.

Although described as a tarpaulin, the half-cover I had was exactly the same soft material as the full cover.

Both covers are for the roadster, not the coupe.

Hope this helps.
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