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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:58 AM
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Best way to wash 128i soft top??

I've been driving a suburban for the last 10 years, and running it through the car wash is no biggie. This is my first convertible, and I'm not quite sure the best way to wash it. Suggestions?
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:20 AM
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I'm also a new 128i vert owner and have spent some time researching this. Good info from elerner61 here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...89#post7501589.

At this point my plan is to vacuum the dry top prior to regular washings (to remove dust and dirt), then keep car wash soaps off the top while washing the body and rinse the top with plain water as I rinse the body, and provide an initial drying of the top by blotting with a towel as part of drying the car. Then, on some frequency I haven't settled on yet, but probably once or twice a year, apply Raggtop protectant.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:35 PM
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I have had many BMW rag tops. The best way to care for the top is to just rinse it with clear water each time you wash the car and dry the top using a drying device like The Absorber. Keep towels off of the top since the lint from the towel tends to get rubbed into the fabric of the top. I advise that you refrain from using a vac on the top because you are gradually pulling the fabric loose by doing that. Trust me...wet it down and wipe it dry is all you need to do. I also refrain from treating the top because once you start treating it you have to continue treating it. The top will last at least 5-8 years with the minimal maintainance I am recommending. Here less is more.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:15 AM
Bob Z. Bob Z. is offline
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I've had many convertibles over the years and have a 135i convertible now. I use a microfiber sponge to wash the top, which I advise since the top gets dirtier than most people think - it is a cloth horizontal surface. Anyway, after I wash it I drive it for a short distance to let the water roll off and then blot the standing water with a clean microfiber sponge. By the way, I treated mine with 303 Fabric Protector just after I bought it so water beads quite well.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:55 PM
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...I advise that you refrain from using a vac on the top because you are gradually pulling the fabric loose by doing that....
I wouldn't worry about a vacuum cleaner (at least a standard household unit) pulling the fabric loose - the aero forces imposed on the fabric by wind over the roof underway at, say, highway speeds or more will certainly be greater.

Just to be clear, when I vacuum the roof I have the brush attachment connected which greatly limits the magnitude of the vacuum force since air flows with only modest restriction through the brush. The idea is that the combination of mild brush action to loosen dust/dirt sitting in the fibers of the top along with the vacuum will remove a significant amount of the dust/dirt that will accumulate on the roof.

Related, the impression I have from my reading on the subject is that after sun, water exposure imposes the greatest wear and tear on the roof fabric, hence, the preference to not so expose more than necessary.

As for sun, I have seen a number of recommendations on using 303 Fabric Protector because of its UV protection capability. For me, UV protection comes from keeping the car in the garage when it's not in use.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:53 AM
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Best way to wash 128i soft top??

I own a motor home. We RV ers use 303 Aerospace Protectant for everything. Some of my buddies mix it with their scotch. LOL

They make other products. Is the 303; Aerospace Protectant what you guys use on tops?




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Old 05-24-2013, 08:51 AM
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Just sold a 2004 330Ci with 100K + miles on it. Top was in excellent condition with just washing it along with the rest of the car every few weeks. Flush it with some water, soap it, flush it off, pull a shamie over it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:16 PM
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Just sold a 2004 330Ci with 100K + miles on it. Top was in excellent condition with just washing it along with the rest of the car every few weeks. Flush it with some water, soap it, flush it off, pull a shamie over it.

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