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FOR CONVERTIBLE OWNERS
Installation of our Products: Robbins strongly recommends that
convertible owners always have our convertible tops, glass windows
and other products installed at Automotive Upholstery and Trim
Shops. Trim Shops have the tools and experience to correctly
install our tops and other products on your convertible. Always
watch your convertible top (and glass or plastic window) as
it is lowered or raised: Watch for any irregular motion, snagging
or other problems. If you notice any problems and your convertible
is still under new car Warranty, immediately go to your dealer
to have your convertible top frame inspected. If your convertible
is out of Warranty, immediately take your convertible to your
local automotive Trim and Upholstery shop to have your top frame
examined. Whenever any problems are observed when tops are lowered
or raised, convertible owners need to quickly respond to have
potential problems with top frames repaired before convertible
tops, glass or plastic windows, or headliners are damaged.
As convertibles age: When convertibles are out of warranty,
top frame, bow links and other frame components no longer have
the alignment they did when your convertible was new. Weather
seals, top frame pads or straps, side and rear cables, rain
rails etc., may need to be replaced to avoid water leakage and
damage to tops and glass or plastic window assemblies. Not replacing
weather seals can result in wind noise and water leakage when
you replace your top. If rust develops on your top frame, have
this removed and your top frame repainted to protect your top
frame and convertible top. Leave your Top Up when Not Driving:
We strongly recommend that you leave convertible tops latched
in the up position overnight or whenever you are not driving
your convertible. This will help retain the original shape of
your top, resist shrinkage, and avoid crease marks where the
top folds when in the down position. Leaving your top up when
you are not driving will also help to prolong the service life
of plastic windows.
Always Leave a new top and glass
or plastic window in the up position for a minimum of 24 hours
for tops made in PVC Vinyl toppings, and one week for tops
made in cloth toppings, after our products were installed.
As convertible top frames age, links and joints wear and top
frames do not have the same alignment as when convertibles
were new. Leaving convertible tops and glass windows in the
up position after installation allows them time to relax and
adjust, or become "seasoned" to the top frame. Always
Follow the instructions in your Owner's Manual for lowering
and raising your Top. Always keep the top well area free of
objects, especially if a Glass Window is installed with your
Top. Even harmless looking objects such as beach towels can
cause glass windows to break. Objects in your top well can
further cause unnecessary wear and stress on top frames, plus
cause damage to your top and to plastic windows as well.
Always Unlatch Top at front before unzipping, or zipping window
closed before latching for any convertible Top, Glass or Plastic
Window, unless different instructions appear in your owners
manual or Robbins brochure. Always Try and keep your Top,
Tonneau Cover, Glass or Plastic Window, etc., clean. Do not
Raise or lower convertible tops, glass or plastic window assemblies
when the temperature is below 40 degrees (5 degrees Centigrade)
since this can cause damage to the topping, plastic windows
and other components. Do not Lower your convertible top, glass
or plastic window when the top is wet, to avoid discoloration
or other damage to the topping or inside backing. Do not Store
away wet top boots or tonneau covers, to avoid discoloration
and shrinking that can cause these products to no longer fit.
CLEANING OF OUR PRODUCTS
Glass Windows: Glass Windows should be cleaned with water
based glass cleaners only. Please be extremely careful when
cleaning Heater/Defroster glass windows not to scratch the
defroster lines or to break the power source connector wire.
Cleaner should never be allowed to drip into seams or heat
seals. Plastic Windows: Plastic windows in convertible Tops
should be cleaned frequently. Be sure to hose or blow off
loose dirt particles from surface first, and then use either
plain water or mild soap and water solution. Apply with a
soft cloth or tissue to gently clean window. Always clean
in a side to side or a top to bottom motion, NEVER in a circular
motion, (cleaning in a circular motion can damage plastic
windows). There are also several good plastic cleaners available
such as "Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Formula 17". Never
use harsh brushes or abrasives when cleaning plastic windows.
Use of Vinyl Preservatives We do NOT recommend use of penetrating
vinyl preservatives, conditioners or dressings on Tops, Tonneau
Covers, and other products. Cleaning Tops, Tonneau Covers
and Other Products Made in Cloth or Vinyl Toppings We strongly
recommend hand washing convertible tops and other products.
Tops and other products made in Vinyl toppings can be cleaned
using Vinyl Cleaners such as Malco which are widely available.
While Car Washes generally will not harm convertible Tops
made in Cloth or Vinyl Toppings, never allow a car wash to
apply spray wax to your convertible Top. To hand wash our
products, use Ivory or other mild soap flakes in a bucket
of lukewarm water. In hard water areas add Calgon (not to
be confused with dishwasher detergent) or other water softener
until the water feels slippery. ALWAYS Wash Tops, Tonneau
Covers, etc. in the shade, never in direct sun. ALWAYS Wash
entire Top, Tonneau Cover, etc. Never spot clean to avoid
rings or bright spots. ALWAYS Wet entire car before washing
Top. Use sponge or soft bristle brush to apply suds. Do not
use a chamois or cloth since these will leave lint on Cloth
Tops. ALWAYS Rinse well with hose making sure to remove all
traces of soap. Wipe off excess water with sponge. Please
be careful to hose down entire car to prevent soap from streaking
paint. ALWAYS Install Tonneau Covers and Top Boots after cleaning
while still damp to preserve fit and shape. ALWAYS Try to
move Tops into direct sun after cleaning and thorough rinsing
to dry. Chamois all excess water off body of car.
- DO NOT
Use detergents, bleaches,
harsh cleansers, cleaners or abrasives.
NOT Use dry-cleaning solvents, etc.
- DO NOT
Use hot water.
NOT Lower down or cover convertible tops when
wet or damp. This can lead to mildew growth and in extreme
cases can cause discoloration or rotting of toppings can
on maintaining your convertible tops
high pressure car washes, as they can damage the top
material. Also, increased water pressure may force water
past the weather strips.
Careful vacuuming of the top before washing is helpful in removing
dust and other foreign particles. Wash in partial shade instead
of direct sun. Wet the entire vehicle before washing the top.
The top should be washed with a soft, natural bristle scrub
brush, and a mild soap
solution such as liquid dish washing soap. Do
not use detergent.
Scrub in all directions, covering an area of about two square
feet at a time. Avoid heavy scrubbing. Rinse the entire vehicle
with a hose to remove all soap and dirt from the top fabric
and to prevent streaking on printed and chrome surfaces. Allow
the top to dry before lowering. Vacuuming the top with a wet/
dry shop vacuum will decrease the top's drying time, ensure
removal of all dirt, and delete streaks in the material. Multiple
cleanings may be necessary to remove stubborn stains. If stains
persist, contact your local dealership for further suggestions.
Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure
For additional cleaning assistance in removing stubborn stains,
apply Mopar Convertible Cloth Top Cleaner #4883061 to the complete
stain, extending 2 inches (50 mm) beyond the stain. With a soft
bristle brush, scrub in all directions over the stain. Avoid
Rinse the area with warm water. If the stain is still apparent,
repeat the cleaning procedure. When the stain is no longer showing,
rinse the complete top with warm water. Let the top dry before
use an abrasive type cleaner or bleaches. Cleaners should
not contain silicones, organic solvents, petroleum distillates
or plasticizers. Always wait until the top is thoroughly
dry before lowering it into the storage area.