To keep your Corvette’s convertible top well maintained it is strongly recommended that you use some form of Convertible Top Cleaner & Protectant. We recommend and use all 303 Convertible Top Cleaner & Protectants for all of our vinyl and fabric Corvette tops. 303 is the leader in convertible top maintenance and protectant, without the use of their products the suns UV rays will brake down your Corvette’s convertible top and could cause mildew to form over time.
Before you can successfully protect your Corvette’s vinyl top you need to know the basics to vinyl care. It is important that you keep the top free of debris. Dirt alone can act as an abrasive and wear out the thread seams within your Corvette’s convertible top. Also if the top stays wet or damp mildew will quickly begin to form. When cleaning your Corvette’s convertible top follow these four steps:
- Rinse with cool water.
- Wash with soap (not detergent) and water using a soft cloth or sponge. For stubborn dirt, a soft bristle brush and 303 convertible top cleaner may be used.
- Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to dry.
- Avoid harsh cleaners, abrasives, petroleum distillates and alcohols.
Be aware that using the wrong vinyl protectant product is worse than using no vinyl treatment at all. You should always avoid vinyl treatments that contain any type of oil, have an oily or greasy feeling, contain petroleum distillates or leave a coating that dries like wax. Also if a product label says “flammable or contains petroleum distillates”, it is not safe to use your Corvette’s vinyl top.
For protecting vinyl Corvette tops we use 303 Corvette Convertible Top Aerospace Protectant. This product is the best solution to UV caused fading and will keep your Corvette’s convertible top looking new with just one application a month. 303 aerospace protectant has been tested and recommended by major vinyl and vinyl accessory manufacturers. Aerospace protectant has been used for years and is known as the most powerful UV screening treatment available for vinyl, leather, rubber, gel-coat fiberglass and most plastics. To keep your Corvette’s convertible top looking new just spray the aerospace directly on the top and wipe it completely dry.
Outdoor fabrics, such as Corvette cloth tops are put through a chemical treatment process that allows them to repel water, resist soiling, water and oil based stains, and delays mildew formation. Over time this treatment diminishes requiring periodic cleaning and re-treatment. Without any form of protection you can expect to notice water stains, mildew, and leaks if the Corvette is kept outside or driven on a regular basis. As with our vinyl convertible tops, we use 303 on our cloth convertible tops as well. The 303 Convertible Top High Tech Fabric Guard, which is designed to restore the factory level of water repellency to your Corvette’s cloth top, is sold separate or in a kit combined with 303 convertible top cleaner. Before applying the 303 Fabric Guard be sure to thoroughly clean your Corvette’s convertible top following the 4 steps listed above. Cleaning the top before using the 303 fabric guard is just as important as using the protectant itself. The fabric guard would likely still protect the top but would not last as long or be as effective. For best results use the 303 convertible top cleaner while the top is still wet, if the top is covered with bird droppings, tree sap, oil, mildew, or is stained let the 303 convertible top cleaner set directly on the area for 10-20 minutes. Then lightly scrub the area and rinse before the surface dries.
The combination of 303 Convertible Top Cleaner & Fabric Guard (for cloth tops) or Aerospace Protectant (for vinyl tops) is the best solution available to extending the life of your Corvette’s convertible top. 303 products can be used for multiple purposes and have proven to prevent sun damage as well as staining from multiple sources. Not only do they protect your Corvette’s convertible top but 303 convertible top cleaner and aerospace protectant are 100% earth friendly and safe to use. All of the mentioned 303 products are available in our showroom and on our Corvette Parts and Accessories Web Store.