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Old July 22nd, 2004
jaydubyagee jaydubyagee is offline
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I'm looking for some advice on pointing up my top. I have a medium blue top on my 1970 98, and I've got some stubborn stains from leaves etc I'm trying to clean up.

Long story short, I left the car out in the open and a bunch of leaves and other organic crud covered the car. Car got wet, the crud started to decay and left brown spots all over the car. I was able to get the paint cleaned up pretty easily with a little elbow grease, but the top is a different story. I've tried basic car washing soaps and mildly abrasive nylon sponges, but I still have marks that won't come up.

I've been reluctant to try harsher methods and materials for fear of damaging the top, but I am open to suggestions? .
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Old July 22nd, 2004
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Try "Orange Blast" from Greased Lightning products. You can find it in the cleaning supply section of your local grocery store. I've used it for everything from underhood detailing to removing grease stains on clothes.

Spray it on a small area and let it soak for a few minutes. A soft bristle brush will work better than a rag or towel. If that doesn't work, try Bleach White on a small area as well. It's not as stong as it sounds, and it should'nt hurt the color.
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Old October 1st, 2005
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I have cleaned my blue top ( 69 delta88 ) using a hand cleaner.
The one I used a few years ago I believe was something like DSL ( it was white and contained lanoline ). The top looked like new.
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Old October 2nd, 2005
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Originally Posted by rebound44
I have cleaned my blue top ( 69 delta88 ) using a hand cleaner.
The one I used a few years ago I believe was something like DSL ( it was white and contained lanoline ). The top looked like new.
Ya beat me to it, Rebound! That's exactly what I use on my '71 ragtop's interior. Goop Hand Cleaner (NOT the one with pumice...the cheap white jelly stuff) and a SOFT bristle brush.

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