|01-20-2007, 02:53 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2006
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.
|01-20-2007, 03:16 PM||#2 (permalink)|
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|01-22-2007, 02:33 AM||#4 (permalink)|
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.
|10-09-2007, 03:56 AM||#6 (permalink)|
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Date registered: Feb 2006
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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|10-09-2007, 09:59 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: Y2K SL500 Silver
Location: So. California
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.
|10-10-2007, 06:53 PM||#9 (permalink)|
BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Jun 2005
Vehicle: 98 SL500
Location: Edmond, OK
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.
Some do, some don't, some will, some won't, but I might!
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