Chevrolet Tracker Soft Top
Maintenance Tips for Chevrolet Tracker Soft Top
A soft top weighs less and is easier to remove and install on the Chevrolet Tracker than a hard top, but it comes at the expense of being more prone to stains and damage. Dirt, mud, and brake dust tend to stick on the surface of fabric soft tops, while rips and tears are a common problem.
Worn and damaged soft tops not only look ugly but also allow the elements in your Chevrolet Tracker, so keeping them well maintained is a must. Luckily, caring for Chevrolet Tracker soft top is not that difficult as it sounds, although it will require some specialized cleaning products. In this guide, we'll share some helpful maintenance tips for the soft top in your SUV:
- Clean the top based on the material.
Regular washing remains the most effective way to keep the soft top in good condition, but how you will wash it depends largely on the material it is made of. Canvas fabric soft tops, for example, should not be completely soaked in water while soft tops made of vinyl should be sprayed with a special vinyl protectant and scrubbed with a nylon brush. Take note of the instructions provided for the soft top in your SUV and follow them accordingly.
- Follow up with a protectant or preservative after every wash.
Applying vinyl protectant for vinyl soft tops and rubber preservative on canvas tops further strengthen their ability to resist the elements. The rubber preservative, in particular, helps the canvas repel water more effectively. Make sure to wipe off any excess protectant or preservative to avoid gunk buildup.
- Steer clear of ammonia- or alcohol-based cleaners.
These cleaners can dry out both canvas and vinyl soft tops, which may result in cracking, fading, and discoloration over time. It's also not recommended to use lemon spray polish on a soft top; while they are effective in moisturizing soft top's surface, the polish will cause the top to have a yellowish tinge after continuous use.
- Avoid parking under trees.
While trees offer a cheap way to shield the soft top from the sun, they can also be a source of animal droppings and resin that are hard to remove as well as falling branches that may pierce through soft tops with thin fabric. Instead, park your SUV in a garage or roofed parking areas.