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FAQs

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QUESTIONS

1. How do I know whether my soft-top is fabric or vinyl?

2. Are Renovo products safe to use on my soft-top and will they harm my paintwork? 

3. What should I use to clean my fabric soft-top?

4. My fabric soft-top is all green and mouldy, what should I do?

5. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Soft Top Canvas Cleaner?

6. What should I use to clean my vinyl soft-top?

7. Can I use Reviver to re-colour my vinyl top?

8. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Vinyl Cleaner?

9. How long should I leave Renovo Vinyl Cleaner on my soft-top?

10. What should I use to protect my vinyl soft-top?

11. How frequently should I use Renovo Vinyl Ultra Proofer?

12. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Vinyl Ultra Proofer?

13. My fabric soft-top has faded, do you have a product that will re-colour it?

14. In what colours is Renovo Soft-Top Reviver available?

15. How do I apply Renovo Soft-Top Reviver?

16. How long will the Reviver take to dry?

17. How much Reviver will I need?

18. What should I use to waterproof my fabric soft-top?

19. How much Ultra Proofer will I need?

20. How frequently should I use Ultra Proofer?

21. How do I know that Ultra Proofer has waterproofed my fabric soft-top?

22. My plastic rear screen is all cloudy, do you have a product to rectify this problem?

23. How do I apply Plastic Window Polish?

24.  Should I clean my top before using Reviver or Ultra Proofer?

25.  I tried to register as a customer but I get stuck on a screen called Billing & Shipping Information because it says my address is overseas and you don’t ship overseas.  Help!

26. Do you ship to New Zealand?

27.  What size canvas kit do I need for my (car)?

 

ANSWERS

1. How do I know whether my top is fabric or vinyl?

Double-duck, mohair or canvas fabric tops will look similar to tent material in appearance whereas vinyl tops will look like grained plastic.  Don't rely on what type of top your car had when it was first released as the original top may have been changed since then from canvas to vinyl or the other way around.

2. Are Renovo products safe to use on my soft-top and will they harm my paintwork? 

Renovo products are water based in order to be entirely kind to both your soft-top and your paintwork. However, we recommended that you wipe off any spills or drips with a damp sponge or cloth as you go.  If Reviver dries on your paintwork, it is best removed with a light polish rather than scrubbing. 

3. What should I use to clean my fabric soft-top?

Renovo Soft Top Canvas Cleaner.

4. My fabric soft-top is all green and mouldy, what should I do?

Use Renovo Soft Top Canvas Cleaner in conjunction with a soft scrubbing brush to remove the mould and then apply Renovo Ultra Proofer to help prevent the same problem from re-occurring.

5. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Soft Top Canvas Cleaner?

The number of applications will depend on how dirty the top is, how liberally the product is applied and how big an area is being cleaned. Therefore, one to a few applications can be used as an average guide.

6. What should I use to clean my vinyl soft-top?

Renovo Vinyl Soft-Top Cleaner.

7. Can I use Reviver to re-colour my vinyl top?

NO.  Reviver is for fabric tops only.

8. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Vinyl Cleaner?

This will depend on how dirty the top is, how liberally the product is applied and how big an area is being cleaned. Therefore, one to three applications can be used as an average guide.

9. How long should I leave Renovo Vinyl Cleaner on my soft-top?

The product can be left on the top for one to several hours depending on how dirty it is, the longer the solution remains on the soft-top the longer the active ingredients will be working.

10. What should I use to protect my vinyl soft-top?

Renovo Vinyl Ultra Proofer.

11. How frequently should I use Renovo Vinyl Ultra Proofer?

Renovo recommends you apply Vinyl Ultra Proofer every 6 - 12 months.  

12. How many applications are there in 500ml of Renovo Vinyl Ultra Proofer?

As an average guide there will be one to three coats, this will depend upon how large the soft-top is and how liberally the product is applied.

13. My fabric soft-top has faded, do you have a product that will re-colour it?

Yes, Renovo manufacture Soft-Top Reviver which re-colours and re-conditions like new.  Make sure you clean the top first with Renovo Canvas Cleaner and ALWAYS apply Renovo Ultra Proofer after Reviver.  You can also change a light colour top to black or dark blue.

14. In what colours is Renovo Soft-Top Reviver available?

Reviver is currently available in Australia in black only.  Other colours are available from Renovo International.

15. How do I apply Renovo Soft-Top Reviver?

Simply paint onto the top using a new 50mm/2" paintbrush. It is important to apply each coat in one complete application to avoid the possibility of tidemarks forming.  If at all possible, apply Reviver out of direct sunlight to avoid rapid drying before a coat has been completed.

16. How long will the Reviver take to dry?

This will depend on several factors i.e. atmospheric conditions, how liberally the product is applied, how porous the fabric is. Therefore, as a general guide at least 2 hours but can be as long as 24 hours. It is important to let each coat dry completely as the product is water based and any moisture left in the fabric would dilute the next product application.  You can speed up the drying process by taking the car for a drive but not if rain is around!

17. How much Reviver will I need?

As a general guide you will need 1000ml for one coat on a large car (e.g. Saab) or 500ml for one coat on a small car (e.g. MX5). However, if your top is badly faded you may need more than one coat.

18. What should I use to waterproof my fabric soft-top?

Renovo Ultra Proofer re-establishes the 'as new' waterproof weather barrier. 

19. How much Ultra Proofer will I need?

Two coats are recommended.  As a general guide you will need 1000ml to coat a large size soft-top (e.g. Saab) twice or 500ml for a small car (eg. MX5) twice.

20. How frequently should I use Ultra Proofer?

We recommend applying Ultra Proofer approximately every 6 - 12 months in order to maintain its optimum protection capabilities.

21. How do I know if my fabric soft-top needs Ultra Proofer?

Just pour a small amount of water on a flat part of the top.  The water should "bead" (sit as small droplets).  If it doesn't then you need to re-proof.

22. My plastic rear screen is all cloudy, do you have a product to rectify this problem?

Yes, Renovo Plastic Window Polish will remove the microscopic scratches that cause this milky appearance.

23. How do I apply Plastic Window Polish?

Simply polish on and polish off with a soft cotton cloth, best results are achieved when the polish is added frequently to the cloth in small quantities. You may need to repeat the process two or three times on very 'sad' windows to achieve best results.  To keep your plastic windows (etc) in best condition NEVER clean them with household window cleaners as these are intended for use on glass and may contain chemicals which can damage plastic permanently.  The same advice applies to plastic film window tints.

24.  Should I clean my top before using Reviver or Ultra Proofer?

Yes.  It is important that your roof is completely clean before applying other products.  This will ensure that you get the best results every time.

25.  I tried to register as a customer but I get stuck on a screen called Billing & Shipping Information because it says my address is overseas and you don’t ship overseas.  Help!

If you live in Australia, just ignore the message ‘Sorry but we don’t ship to international addresses’ and continue on by clicking the ‘Get shipping Rates’ button at the bottom of the page.  On the next page (Shipping Method), click on the ‘Continue’ button. You should now be on the ‘Review and Payment’ page and almost finished!

26. Do you ship to New Zealand?

No.  Unfortunately we would have to use an international courier because Australia Post does not generally allow liquids to be sent through the mail.  This means an order such as a Large Car Fabric/Canvas KIt would cost about $AU100 to send to NZ by courier. It may be cheaper to buy direct from Renovo International (UK) because they can send orders through the mail. 

27.  What size canvas kit do I need for my (car)?

This depends a bit on how you apply the products (too much or too little) but, as a general guide, you will need a Large Car kit if your convertible has proper rear seats like our Saab 9-3 that can, at a knee crunching squeeze, accommodate adults.  Anything smaller like a Mazda MX5, BMW Z or Alfa Spider should be fine with a Small Car kit.  Really big convertibles like classic American cruisers may need extra products to deal with their enormous tops.