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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:55 PM
tburger tburger is offline
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Rag top treatment

Hi all - am new to both having a Z4 and a rag top. Is there any special conditioning you should use when cleaning the top?
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:01 PM
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Check out www.autogeek.net.

They have everything you need. Both the 303 and the RaggTopp products are widely used by roady owners.

The 303 has been my choice because the RaggTopp protectant used to come in aerosol form only and overspray is a problem. Now I see that RaggTopp is selling their protectant in a pump spray bottle.

Price is definitely different between the two products though.

Oh yeah, and while you're on autogeek's site, you may want to look into Gummi Pflege as well to condition the seals. It keeps your seals from shrinking and keeps them nice and pliable.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:04 PM
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One more step.

Before you wash, vacuum the top. This remove the heavy grit that can fray the thread of the top.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:42 PM
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+2 to all the above, tho I like the aerosol spray RaggTop because it gave an even pattern instead of droplets of product that had to be sponged around etc...I covered everything so no problem there...its a matter of preference and the above guys are all correct.

Will add one more thing: go to Target or WalMart and get one of those clothing lint roller thingies, that you use for pet hair etc. You use it and discard a sheet and new sticky is ready. I keep one in the boot of the car, and one in the shop...and I roll it often just to pick up lint, fuzz of various sorts especially in the spring, and general debris. I often cannot get it vacuumed as OFTEN as I like, and these little roller babies are the saving grace for rag tops.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:55 PM
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Thank you

Found your info very helpful
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