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Porsche Cabriolet and Targa Top Care

Part of keeping your new Porsche convertible in top condition is cleaning and caring for your Porsche convertible car top. Not sure how to do so? Our service team has a few tips and tricks to help you with cleaning convertible tops on cars and more! Learn how to clean convertible car tops today and show off your shining Porsche in Los Angeles. In order to understand how to care for your Porsche convertible top, you’ll want to keep in mind the type of convertible you drive:



Porsche Cabriolet Top Care

Porsche models with the label “Cabriolet” means they have a top that folds down. This differs from convertibles as these model’s typically have a removable top.

Porsche Targa S Top Care

Porsche Targa models have a folding/removable roof section, unlike the Cabriolet models.

How to Clean Convertible Car Tops

Before you dive into how to clean convertible car tops, it’s important to determine the type of convertible top you have. Determine whether you have a fabric top or vinyl top. We’ll go over how to clean both below:

  • Fabric convertible top care – Fabric tops are more prone to damage than hardtops. This is why it’s important to clean them properly. First, you’ll want to get together a soft scrub brush and a lot of water. Once the top is thoroughly wet, apply a fabric cleaner, and use the brush to gently dislodge dirt without damaging the top. Once you’re done, thoroughly rinse the top until there’s no more visible cleaning product left. Then carefully dry the top with a microfiber towel. These are less likely to leave behind lint.
  • Vinyl convertible top care– Cleaning a vinyl convertible top is similar to that of the fabric tops, however, the cleaning products are very specific for vinyl materials. Using any others than those recommended will result in damage. We advise you to wash the vehicle in the shade or a covered area in order to avoid the sunlight evaporating the water, leaving residue. After you apply the cleaning product, use a soft-bristle brush to clean the top. Then thoroughly rinse the vinyl and dry with microfiber cloths. Warning: do not use the brush on the plastic back window (if equipped) as it’s prone to scratches.

What Not to Use

No matter if you have a Cabriolet or Targa, or fabric or vinyl, there are some products you will NOT want to use to clean convertible tops. Here’s a list of the products to stay clear of when cleaning your Porsche convertible car tops:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Spray cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Alcohol
  • Detergents
  • Vinegar

We recommend using the formulated Porsche top cleaners to keep your Porsche convertible top clean and damage-free. Contact our parts center near Arcadia to ask about the products we have available.

Convertible Top Protection

After cleaning your convertible top, you should apply a convertible top treatment. Like how you would use wax to protect your vehicle’s surface, using a good protectant will keep your vehicle’s top safe and water-resistant.

Choose the Rusnak/Pasadena Porsche Service Center

Visit the Rusnak/Pasadena Porsche near Glendale service center if you need any help or with any questions in the meantime. We can help you save more on these products as well with our available parts specials. Learn more with us today, explore the Porsche Carrera Cabriolet reviews, or contact our team!

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