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Wave Spider top Renovo'ing

When I rescued my Spider from a farmer, it was about 1/4 tonne heavier that it should be due to the dirt. The interior took a day to get into a usable state. The bodywork was rinsed down, to be waxed sometime over the coming week.

But the icky-ist bit was the hood. Green and brown patches, white blobs of bird poo staining and lichen growing along the seams and in patches down the sides.

Taking the advice from the forum I bought the four bottle set off fleabay, £39 including postage.

Here is the what you will need :

1. To have had a good drink
2. A bottle of cleaner
3. A bottle of colour reviver
4. A bottle of waterproofer
5. A bottle of window cleaner
6. A celebratory drink when you have finished each stage
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This was the state before cleaning
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There is a great video on youtube on how to do all this work, it made it look like childs play (search renovo spider).

Lightly wet the hood, then brush the cleaner on. Brush it in well until it slightly lathers, then go and have another drink or two, then come back in an hour.

Using a stiff brush (£1 from Tescos) give it a damn good scrubbing. I couldn't believe the [email protected] that was running out of the fabric.

Give it a rinse off and leave over night to dry whilst you have your stage 1 celebratory drinkies.
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This morning I awoke to this lovely sight. It already looks black and so much better. However, it had rained a little overnight, so appearances were deceptive.

I got home this evening and it was 100% dry. Some small patches could still be seen, particularly where the bird poop had stained it.

So out came the paintbrush and stiff brush again, paint the cleaner on neat on each little patch, wet it slightly and scrub just those areas. A rinse, and I have left it to fully rinse in the rain that started just as I finished. Another celebratory drink is now the order of the day.

I am planning on doing the colouring this Saturday, so I will do before and after shots for that too.
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Looking much better already,
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Looking good so far and a reasonable price for the kit, however the alcohol seems to be bumping up the price quiet abit lol
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Looking good so far and a reasonable price for the kit, however the alcohol seems to be bumping up the price quiet abit lol
Nah, cheap plonk

Got the top coloured now. Looks almost brand new. The stain has highlighted two tiny rips, I would welcome any advice on how to stop them getting bigger?
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Nah, cheap plonk

Got the top coloured now. Looks almost brand new. The stain has highlighted two tiny rips, I would welcome any advice on how to stop them getting bigger?
Needle and thread maybe ?? I'm sure someone will help seriously soon
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Needle and thread maybe ?? I'm sure someone will help seriously soon
Do you know I hadn't thought of that, seriously. Thanks Simon, I will see if the mother in law has very fine thread and a thin as possible needle. If I just sew each end to reinforce it it shouldn't get any bigger.
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nice work
Cheers SIF - stage 2 celebratory drinkies postponed until this evening as I have to drive today
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Just thinking if they're only small you could sow them up and treat with scotchgard to stop it leaking?
Never dealt with a soft top so don't know.
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Good work. Still have the same kit in my garage from when I had my spider
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Cheers chaps. A look at the forecast for tomorrow is not looking good for the waterproofing. Hopefully it will get done this week.
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The best thing to use in order to kill the moss and mildew is cheapo white distilled vinegar. You have progressed well beyond this point but if moss etc starts reappearing then apply neat to the green area until saturated. Leave overnight and then begin to shampoo hood. etc, etc.

Renovo is a good product, although i do feel some of their products are over priced, namely shampoo and proofer. Just buy any shampoo or make your own. As for Proofer i recommend you buy a tin of Fabsil that is applied with a brush and its the best value proofer on the market .....IMO.

Good job by the way, hood cleaning is more time consuming than bodywork cleaning.
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The best thing to use in order to kill the moss and mildew is cheapo white distilled vinegar...... Good job by the way.....
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Vinegar eh? Certainly cheaper!

I hope to get an outdoor car cover at some point, and keep it garaged when not covered, but with the wet August we have had so far I think Fabsil may be a sound investment.

It is persisting it down again, so no waterproofing tonight

Going to try and get the Momo tan front seats out of my GTV and clean them up. I can feel another thread coming on
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Finally stopped raining for ten minutes, so I did the waterproofing this morning. Went on with more difficulty than the others, it doesn't want to readily soak in on the sides, so it runs off and onto the paintwork. I covered it up as best as I could but still meant wiping up drips.

It has had about 3 hours to dry, but it has just started to rain, so I went to see what it was like. Well, like Ronseal it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is repelling water better than a bucket of Selenia
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Exactly what I was looking for - good work (hope I can find a week without rain)!
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Did this over the weekend and the difference is amazing - I would recommend this to any Spider owners, Thanks Hitman (and Renovo).

The whole kit was only £38 too.
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Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Have done the cleaning part on my own spider, so tackling the re-dye hopefully this week
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I have used the Renovo stuff as well on the wife A4 cab, the black colour coat makes a massive difference, the only part I missed out was the water proofer \ sealer and I am now regretting it, the roof needs doing again 10 months later. This time I will do the job properly.
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I've never used the Renovo products. I've heard good things about them though.
Personally I treat soft tops with Autosmart G101 and a soft brush to clean and the two coats of Fabsil to waterproof. Total cost is around £25, it lasts for a couple of years (at least) and you have enough for at least 10 applications.
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