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Old 01-20-2007, 02:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Soft Top-Car Wash Question

My owners manual warns not to take my (new) 98 SL through an automatic car wash when the soft top is being used. Where I live my water comes from a well and the iron content of the water is so high that washing the car at home is not an option. I have an 89 McLaren Mustang with a German canvas top and that has held up well in car washes. Any advice you can give me on this topic. Thanks.
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My owners manual warns not to take my (new) 98 SL through an automatic car wash when the soft top is being used. Where I live my water comes from a well and the iron content of the water is so high that washing the car at home is not an option. Any advice you can give me on this topic. Thanks.
Water softener? My water was over 35 grains and the water softener cost me $500 and another $100 to install. It saves me every week when the housekeeper doesn't have to spend an hour scraping hard water deposits out of the shower. And I can wash my car in the driveway without worrying about water spots.

Oh, unless you want to replumb all your outside faucets, it's a good idea to get one that works with potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. The sodium will kill your plants.
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a water softner and it works well but it is not hooked up to my outside water faucets.
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Old 01-22-2007, 02:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi people, I've been owning my 2000 SL320 for 2 years and being very and I mean very useless in washing the car by myself I have always used an automatic car wash that's in front of my office without having a single problem.

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What you probably want to avoid is automatic washes that have brushes, spinners, or otherwise phsysical contact. Using a touchless wash is probably just fine for the top.
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Hello,

I use a silicon spray I bought from a dry cleaners, the same stuff they use on rain coats which protects them from the rain. I spray my soft top every 2 weeks after a good wash of the car. I have never thoroughly washed my soft top, just bird droppings. The silicon spray causes the rain water to just glide right off, and makes any future cleaning easier.

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Old 10-09-2007, 08:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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There's a commercial product for protecting canvas tops called "Ragg Topp" that works very well for cleaning and preseving your convertible top. Just Goggle it to find the specs.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Do you have a clothes washer in your garage that you can split a line from your cold water line and hook up your garden hose to? Not only will washing your own car save the top but more importantly it will save the surface of your paint from further car wash scratches.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Plus you don't want to wash the soft top everytime you do the rest of the car. It is just like any other fabric the more you wash it the faster it will wear out. I wash mine about every 5th wash. If it was my daily driver that might increase a little.
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