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Old 11-05-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default what convertible top preserver is best

I've been using Autosol on my BMW....is there anything better for my Porsche?
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Old 11-05-2005, 10:07 PM   #2
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I've been using Autosol on my BMW....is there anything better for my Porsche?
Skip - Check out these two sites. I would recommend that you copy them to your "Favorites" folder. There is a lot of good car care info on both of these sites. These will also answer your "clay" question, too.

www.autogeek.net
www.autopia-carcare.com
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:54 AM   #3
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I have been using Raggtopp for several years. I think it is an excellent product. No masking required, excellent protection. The cleaner works very well too.
http://www.wolfsteins.com/main.htm
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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Are these products to be used just before storing the top, or all year long?
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:11 AM   #5
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I use the Raggtopp products twice each year. Keeps a nice level of protection, imho. However, if you drive your car in bad weather regularly, you might want to clean/treat the top every 3-4 months or so.

So, yes, the Raggtopp products are for regular maintenance of the top fabric. If you do choose to purchase Raggtopp, make sure you buy the product for *fabric* tops (vs vinyl).
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:30 PM   #6
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I have been using the Porsche stuff and it works great. Pricey, but my initial purchase got me a beautiful silver case for all the cleaners, etc.

Next on my list is the Raggtopp product based on input from Kevin and others here on the board.
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:41 PM   #7
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One advantage that Raggtopp has over the Porsche product is that no masking of glass and painted surfaces is required.

What could be a one hour project with the Porsche protectant is a 5 minute task with Raggtopp.

The results are fantastic also.
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I vote Raggtopp too. It's easy on and lasts a long time.
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:10 AM   #10
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I use Raggtop, as well, with good results.

However, definitely use a lint-free cloth to work it in (the wash, that is) or you'll spend a lot of time de-linting the top! Found that out the hard way myself.

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One advantage that Raggtopp has over the Porsche product is that no masking of glass and painted surfaces is required.

What could be a one hour project with the Porsche protectant is a 5 minute task with Raggtopp.

The results are fantastic also.
Now, that's a valuable tip. I've been searching for how the applications are different. Thank you!
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I am about to pull the plunge on the raggtopp however I came across this comment at amazon.com
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Careful!, February 23, 2006
Reviewer: Nikolaus "cmosman" (cary nc) - See all my reviews
I used to use the Vinyl top version of this product on my 97 Miata and it kept the tan top in absolutely perfect condition. No cracking, discoloration etc. Great.
So I thought to use the same brand on the grey fabric top of my new Boxster.
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. Although the water repelling feature is there, the grey is now a lot darker overall, and a different, lighter shade where the fabric is under higher tension (above the frame rails). It really did a "job" on the top. Looking closer, it appears that the solvents attack the vinyl layer underneath the fabric and some of it's dark color leaks along the fabric's fibers to the top.
Do the product developers at Ragtopp know how much a new top for a Boxster costs ?!!?

So, unless your top is really ragged and needs this for some other reason, stay away from it! I learnt it the hard way.
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Everyone's happy with it but this guy. Should I ignore this ?
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:13 PM   #13
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I've been using Raggtopp for about 5 years, but only on black tops. I think the Raggtopp cleaner works great, and the top color looks very even and uniform. And of course the water repellant properties are exceptional. After rinsing my top, I can dry it to the touch with a single pass of my "Absorber" synth chammy.

Have you been to the Raggtopp website?
The information about how Raggtopp was developed may be helpful.
http://www.wolfsteins.com/main.htm
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I use RaggTopp on my metropol blue top and think it works and looks great. It does make the top look darker, but in my opinion that is a good thing. Based on the Amazon post, perhaps not such a good result with lighter color tops?
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Raggtop, easy to use and great results.
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