How to get the best results from Renovo water-based fabric soft top products

It is best to choose a day when the weather is not too hot and the temperature is above freezing, 13-18 degrees Celsius would be ideal. The products should not be applied in direct sunlight or to a soft top that has been parked in full sunlight. If the soft top is hot/warm it should be allowed to cool before commencing application of Renovo products. The soft top should be allowed to dry in between each application of Renovo products or else residual water remaining in the fabric will dilute the next product. Do not apply Renovo products when wet weather is expected.

Step 1 - Cleaning/Preparation

Thoroughly clean the soft top with Renovo Fabric Soft Top Cleaner. Removing previous applications of waterproofing products, dust, dirt, mould, mildew and tree sap will provide the best surface for applying Renovo Reviver. It is imperative that any previously applied waterproofing agents are completely removed, as Reviver, the next stage in the treatment is water based. Hence, if Reviver is applied to a soft top that has residual waterproofer within, the Reviver is not able to soak through evenly and this will give a patchy result.

To remove Renovo Ultra Proofer use Renovo Fabric Soft Top Cleaner following these instructions:- Mist spray the top and then paint on Fabric Soft Top Cleaner, leave the solution to process for approximately one hour, the optimum time for the active ingredients to work. Using hand hot water the surface should then be scrubbed with a bristle brush, being careful around stitched areas and windows. It is essential to use hand hot water. Finish by rinsing off with water. Repeat the whole process as necessary.

To remove other proprietary branded water proofers it is best to contact the manufacturer’s customer service team to ascertain their best advice.

Please Note: Check that all waterproofer has been removed by performing this simple test – Simulate a shower of rain, not a soaking/downpour, using a watering can with a rose/sprinkle attachment. If this simulated shower soaks into the fabric evenly across the whole soft top then so will Reviver. If you have any doubts about the removal of the waterproofer, perform the cleaning process again, and re-test with the simulated shower. Continue this process until the soft top is definitely free of waterproofer!

Step 2 – Reviving the Colour

When you are sure that the soft top is adequately prepared by your cleaning processes, that is all water proofer has  been removed and the fabric is as clean as possible you can begin application of Reviver.

Renovo Reviver is manufactured to industry standard pantone numbers. We recommend that to ensure you are happy with the colour result on your soft top you should check by testing the Reviver on a small inconspicuous area prior to treating the whole soft top. If you purchase more than one bottle of Reviver to treat the same top, we advise that you shake the bottles well and combine the contents of both bottles in a suitable container (clean paint kettle is ideal) then stir well.

It is imperative that you have sufficient Reviver to complete a full coat of the soft top in one application, if you run out of Reviver part way through the application you will almost certainly achieve a join line when you start to complete the coat. As an approximate guide a litre bottle of Reviver will cover about 5 sq. metres. If your soft top is the size of a Saab, 3 series BMW or Mercedes CLK for example, you will need a litre of Reviver to be sure of completing one coat with sufficient product. You will be able to decide how much Reviver will be required to finish a second coat by assessing how much you used for the first coat. If in doubt purchase a further 500mls/litre of Reviver to ensure that you do not run out. If your soft top is considerably smaller a half litre of Reviver will cover about 2.5 sq. metres, but the same logic applies, if you use more than half of the bottle for the first coat do not start a further coat before purchasing more Reviver.

Apply Reviver with a new 5cm/2inch paintbrush using even strokes across the soft top; this is the best mode of application to enable optimum coverage. It is best to commence application in the centre of the soft top and as quickly as possible progress towards each side, the front and the back of the soft top (we do not recommend applying to one side of the soft top first and then completing the second side).  Keep the edges of the Reviver wet during the application process to ensure that join lines are not achieved. Wipe excess drips from paintwork, trims and glass with a damp cloth.

Step 3 – Weather Protecting Your Soft Top

Ultra Proofer is the last product to use; it is neutral in colour so suitable for all shades of soft top. It can be applied to protect the original colour of your soft top or to prolong the life of the re-colour afforded by Reviver. 

The recently improved formulation now has the added benefits of UV factor protection and a mould/mildew growth inhibitor to ensure convertible tops look like new for longer. We recommend that to achieve optimum protection, Ultra Proofer should be applied about every six months.

As an approximate guide a litre bottle of Ultra Proofer will cover about 5 sq. metres. If your soft top is the size of a Saab, 3 series BMW or Mercedes CLK for example, you will need a litre of Ultra Proofer to be sure of completing one coat with sufficient product. If your soft top is considerably smaller a half litre of Ultra Proofer will cover about 2.5 sq. metres. One or two coats are usually sufficient to waterproof a soft top initially, subsequently it is advisable to re-proof the soft top approximately every six months although this will vary according to storage/use/washing of each individual vehicle. If further applications of Ultra Proofer are applied before needed they will merely not be able to penetrate the fabric efficiently and the Ultra Proofer will be repelled, thus more of it will run off and end up on the floor than actually soaks into the soft top.

On most fabric soft tops that have been treated with Ultra Proofer, when it rains, or the top is wetted during car washing, the water will initially bead but after sustained rainfall or soaking with a hose pipe the top it will look wet and the beading will not be apparent any longer. This is normal, the top layer may appear wet, but the water won't be able to pass through the soft top in comparison to an untreated one. Hence, the fabric is able to dry out more quickly to help reduce the damp growing conditions that are required to encourage the growth of mould and mildew.

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