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Cleaning and Re-proofing Z3 Soft-top - Using Revovo Cleaner and Ultra Proofer

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by jockmonkey, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. jockmonkey

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    After getting my Zed back on the road, I'm start to tackle the little jobs..

    After heavy rain, or not getting used for a week or so, that water was seeping through the fabric and dripping into the interior. Basically if you rubbed your hand over the inside of the roof, it got very wet

    On top of that the roof was staring to show a little bit too much green mouldy bits.

    So, starting by cleaning it first here some pics..

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    This is before shot.. it's not in bad condition, just a bit dirty..
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    you can see mould and green gunk along the seem edges, and round the back windows IMG_2546.JPG IMG_2550.JPG

    I know there are other products out there, but I used these as a I had some left from doing a car years ago.. IMG_2552.JPG

    Basically paint the cleaner on in sections, to make sure you've covered it all. Applying it well into the seems. The roof needs to be damp to start with, as i'd had some rain that morning.. it was.. IMG_2554.JPG
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    I left it 20 mins and went over it reasonably firmly with an old scrubbing brush with a bucket of hot water ( to use with the brush), making sure I worked the seems, spots and any areas where the roof was seemed or edged, e.g. round the back window.

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    Then rinse it until the water runs clear off the roof.. It will take 5 mins to get it all clear. I also had a second bucket of cold water to rinse the dirty brush in between doing the scrubbing.

    And then paitiently leave it to dry.. and the last three pictures show it dried before using the proofer..

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    I decided not to use the renovo reviver, as i don't think the roof is badly faded and I quite like the fact the seems are still grey. I'd rather leave them to it. If like me you wait for the roof to dry before Proofing it, a little run will help dry it off..

    Proofing was simple, and a more info to follow on that next...
     

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  2. metalmickey

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    Aside. Good to see that 'the wheelie bin' has many uses. I use mine as a clothes horse for the Cabrio Shield half cover. My roof is now 18 months old from new (BMW fitted). The car is outside all year round. I am wondering if it is time yet to do the renovation and reproofing. I purchased the Autoglym kit in the summer and it sitting on the shelf in the shed awaiting call up!
    The half cover should help protect the hood from the elements.
    Comments welcomed.
    Mike
     
  3. Barry Gadd

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    I hope your roof keeps the inside nice and dry.
    I did the same exercise last summer (Renovo cleaner / black colour restore dye / waterproof kit) and it seemed to improve the roof both in terms of appearance and waterproofing. Now 6 months later it leaks (water dripping on the seats during heavy rain) and I now use a short car cover over the roof and part of the boot plus bonnet when my car is parked at home.
    I've also sealed the A pillar tops that come in contact with the hood frame but this didn't have the desired effect.
    I wish I could put her in the garage but it's full of bits and pieces......
    I'd love to buy a new hood but funds don't stretch that far at present.
    Good luck
     
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  5. Barry Gadd

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    No Mike,
    They swam so fast I couldn't catch them.....
    But joking aside, I didn't as I've not considered this. Please let me know what's involved.
    Thanks
     
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    Best treatment for rubber seals in my book is a thorough clean with hot soapy water the dry very well. Finally spray liberally with silicon spray. Also clean the surfaces where the rubber seals meet the car body and do the same to those surfaces too. This allows the rubbers to slide into their sealing positions without distorting their shape.

    Tony.
     
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    Most people use this but there are other products people recommend.

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    Translation please. I haven't seen this on the shelves in Halfords.
    Mike
     
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  10. jockmonkey

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    I've resealed the plugs in th edges of the front windscreen seal, and it's kept the car dry ever since. Gorilla Glue and sanded it back flat afterwards..

    I was quite pleased to see the other morning when it was -whatever c that the water droplets were frozen like little spheres on the roof itself..
    Shows the proofing is keeping the roof dry.. well drier
     
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