Suzuki Samurai Soft Top
Helpful Tips that Could Add Years to the Life of Your Suzuki Samurai Soft Top
If you love your Suzuki Samurai, you must love its soft top, too. You see, the outdoors have all the elements that are no less than harsh on your soft top. There's mildew, bird droppings, UV rays, tar, tree sap, dust, mud, and even rain. If after off-roading, you let these elements linger on your Suzuki Samurai soft top, it's possible that it will no longer be as good-looking and as efficient the next time you use it. So if you care about your Suzuki Samurai soft top and the money you spent on it, you've got to start taking care of it now.
- Use only suitable convertible top cleaner.
There are two common soft-top material—vinyl and fabric. Each of these materials requires specific cleaning method and certain type of cleaner. The cleaner for vinyl can be too harsh for fabric or vice versa, so before you purchase a soft-top cleaner, see to it first that it is suitable for the kind of top you have.
- Make sure to use the right cleaning method.
It is also important to apply the cleaning method that's appropriate for the soft top material. Vinyl tops require special cleaning method to protect their color and texture, and such methods may not be applicable to fabric tops. If you aren't sure of what's safe for your Suzuki Samurai soft top, do your research first so as not to end up ruining your top instead of cleaning it.
- Apply protectant at a regular interval.
Maintaining the soft top always involves application of protectants that could ward off damaging elements and prevent them from causing damage unto the soft top material. Depending on the protectant you're using and the material of your top, you should apply protectant every 30 to 90 days.
- Spot-clean hazardous elements as soon as possible.
When off-roading, there will always be times when a bird bomb will unfortunately hit your soft top. If you won't go home just yet or if you don't have enough time to do thorough cleaning immediately, then spot-clean the affected area to prevent the highly acidic bird droppings from damaging your soft top. Don't make it a habit, though, as frequent spot cleaning can leave unsightly spots on your top. Just do this when you don't have time or means to wash the entire top.