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Old 22nd March 2010
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I have a 1996 900 convertible, and I'm wondering what the best product is for waterproofing it. I am looking at 2 products 1) the Raggtop and 2) the autosol convertible top impregnating agent.

Any experiences? I actually like the autosol because it is applied with a sponge, which makes it easier in wind.

Any input is appreciated.

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I've never heard of Autosol, though they say they've been around for a long while. Their convertible top protector is pretty pricey: 8.4 oz for $38. That's $4.52/ounce... Ron
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It is the recommended product by BMW for convertibles http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=250
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Renovo is THE WAY to go, shampoo, tint and waterproofer...
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I use 303. It seems to work well
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tried both renovo and 303. 303 is much better in my opinion. protected better for longer, and i can pick it up at the local napa. i will be using renovo to redye my top this season, though.
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Well, I applied RaggTop protectant (after cleaning with RaggTop cleaner). I put 3 coats on. It sat for 3 days with no rain. A good chance to test it last night...torrential rains. I got in the car this morning, and it's still leaking just as much.

Basically, the rails along the side above the windows fill up with water...and the header does too I guess. I was hoping waterproofing the roof would do the trick, but I guess not. I suspect it's the seal...but when I look at it it looks fine...mind you, I have no idea what to look for other than a gaping hole...and I don't see that :-)
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raggtop does not work for me at all, I put 2 cans of that stuff on my top and it still leaked...303-put one spray bottle on and 3 months later no leakage
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Basically, the rails along the side above the windows fill up with water...and the header does too I guess. I was hoping waterproofing the roof would do the trick, but I guess not. I suspect it's the seal...but when I look at it it looks fine...mind you, I have no idea what to look for other than a gaping hole...and I don't see that :-)
i've had the same issue ever since getting my car. i honestly don't think any amount of waterproofing is going to do anything against heavy rain for extended periods of time. light rain may bead on my top when freshly treated, but heavy rain will still soak in. try putting rubber treatment on your seals in combination with treating the canvas. that's saved me from having water pouring from the rails for awhile now.
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i've had the same issue ever since getting my car. i honestly don't think any amount of waterproofing is going to do anything against heavy rain for extended periods of time. light rain may bead on my top when freshly treated, but heavy rain will still soak in. try putting rubber treatment on your seals in combination with treating the canvas. that's saved me from having water pouring from the rails for awhile now.
Well, after another 3 inches of rain, I've decided to check on this thread again...this is a good suggestion. What exactly do you mean by "rubber treatment"?

I am also going to apply 303 on my roof...give that a shot.
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Well, after another 3 inches of rain, I've decided to check on this thread again...this is a good suggestion. What exactly do you mean by "rubber treatment"?

I am also going to apply 303 on my roof...give that a shot.
Before give it a good wash ..i use 303 fabric cleaner and use soft brush with long bristles. I found out that applying 303 protector by hand with a little spongy roller from hardware store paint department works much better then to spray and waste. Just make sure that you apply it evenly and it will work like a charm. Also i usually do lite 3 layers...first one then bake in the sun..then second one and bake and then third one and bake..usually it takes about 30 min in the full sun to get it dry before next layer.
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