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    What to treat convertible top with ?

    The top on my 2008 XKR was replaced 7 months ago and now Iím thinking itís time to treat the top to make it last lo ge4 and repel water and dirt better. Any suggestions ?

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    303 Aerospace Protectant, tremendous stuff. Water beads off of the fabric like crazy, lasts ages too.
    Current: 2009 XKR 5.0
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    303 Aerospace Protectant

    Are all the 303 protectants the same, there seems to be about 5 or 6 different versions on Amazon?

    Quote Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
    303 Aerospace Protectant, tremendous stuff. Water beads off of the fabric like crazy, lasts ages too.
    My Cars - Current: 2007 XKR Convertible, Past: 2002 VX220, 1997 Westfield C20XE

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    303 makes a number of different products for different uses. Find the one for use on convertible tops.
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    Sorry, I see what you mean. The car I used it on was a Mazda MX-5, with a fabric roof. I'm not sure what the Jaguar convertible tops are made of? If fabric then 303 Fabric Guard, if it's a vinyl then I guess the 303 Aerospace Protectant.
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    Since I'm not aware of any XK that came with a vinyl roof it'll be the fabric guard if using 303

    I used this 3 step once a year on my MX-5 with mohair hood:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renovo-Bl...8660f72cf9d0d2

    Basic precautions were:

    1) Never taken a fabric hood through a car wash
    2) Always vacuum and brush rather than apply shampoo with waxes
    3) Never jet wash the hood
    4) Use the cleaner every month
    5) Use the reviver twice a year (spring and autumn)
    6) Use the reproofer once a year (autumn)

    But I may be well out of date, but did use 303 products when used to go stateside each month in the noughties, wasn't that impressed, but times may have moved on
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    I am also a Renovo fan, used it for a number of years and always had good results. Have tried the Autoglym products but not happy with the residue they leave, may of course have done something wrong with the application but never had any issues with Renovo!
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    Checkout the Autoexpress 2018 product awards.

    I've always used the Autoglym, works great, lasts a long time & never had any problems with it.

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    I tried the Autoglym kit on the MX-5 first, I wasn't impressed in the least - hence I went looking for something better and was recommended the 303 products which I found far more effective.
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    Easiest and cheapest method. I do this spring and autumn, always satisfactory.

    Brush hood with stiff brush to remove dirt and dust
    Soak the hood. Then use Johnsonís Baby Bath worked in well to clean. Stubborn mould can be removed using Johnsonís Sterilising Tablets.
    Rinse with free flow of water from open hose, never under pressure.
    Allow to dry thoroughly. Then apply Fabsil with a paint brush, one or two coats as you wish.

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