Garage cleaned my car after service with high pressure washer and my soft top now has visible lines on it where jet was used. It is not leaking or anything but looks bad. I'm in Glasgow. What is best way to get roof looking new again ? Model: Audi S4 Cabriolet
Ian - Share - 27/04/2011 23:31:01
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Sometimes that water pressure can damage the actual fabric and sometimes its just removed the dirt leaving a line and lastly it could be a bit or both. The easiest way to find out is to give it a very good clean.
You may want to watch one or two of our videos just to get the idea.We use electric brushes as its a big job cleaning them. However you would be better to do it by hand.
I would suggest you get the Autoglym kit as the cleaning product is very good and the vast majority of this job is cleaning. (At this point I will explain, we use Renovo products as there re proofer after coat is very good and we also use their coloring products).I would use the sponge you get with the kit as well as a good scrubbing brush about the stiffness of a nail brush.Then first give your car a good clean using your normal cleaning sponge or mitt. Then go round and round scrubbing with your trigger spray of cleaner on one hand and your brush or sponge in the other, brushing and cleaning till you feel like you have just walked the wall of china, in other words about an hour. Then give it a good rinse with your hose and then go again. Keep doing this until the soapy watter is completely white. Pay particular attention the the bits below the back window and do the gutters with your brush. Then go in for a well deserved cup of tea and a couple of hours beak, giving it time to fully dry.
Now have a good look at the results and make a mental note as to what bits need doing again, as when it is wet this Will look clean. Depending on what you see, will then help you gauge which bits will need another two or three good gos. Then let it completely dry again. Then when your a hundred percent happy with the now transformed roof, apply the protector product. Try to do this out of the wind, we even close our workshop doors as it tends to go everywhere. Don't worry if it does. We use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe over the car, just don't let it dry as its a bit more difficult to remove.
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