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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 18, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Quick poll,

Do you park car in garage with top up or down? I know if wet, leave it up to keep mold out. Winter - up or down? Summer ??

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Quick poll,

Do you park car in garage with top up or down? I know if wet, leave it up to keep mold out. Winter - up or down? Summer ??

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Always up but occasionally down overnight if I driving or showing the next day.

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Always up when parked. I always down while driving.
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Re: Top Up or Down

Had some interior work done a couple weeks ago. The place that did it specializes in convertible tops, upholstery, etc.

Main top installer asked me, "You don't put your top down much do you?". I asked why he asked because I put the top down regularly but I always put the top back up every night. My top is never down for more than a couple hours at a time and usually only when driving it. He said that is the key to keeping your top looking new. Always put it back up nightly and clean it regularly.

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UP!! Your vinyl top will shrink, YES shrink if left down for sometime. It will be a bear to put back up and an adjustment will be necessary for the J hooks to engage.

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I must be the odd man out here. I put it down in April and it stays down until Oct. Never had an issue with it shrinking. In Oct, I just put it up but not latched. I let it rest there for a day or two before I try to latch it. Always try to do that on a warm day.

It is funny, the rear window is still nice and clear (same top that came with the car 18 years ago), but there is a thin section of rear window by the molding that sees the sun and is UV damaged

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 18, 05:15 AM
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always down when driving (put towel on window when down to protect it ) always up when parked , leave it up in sun to stretch wrinkles for 10-15 minutes before parked in garage
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I must be the odd man out here. I put it down in April and it stays down until Oct. Never had an issue with it shrinking. In Oct, I just put it up but not latched. I let it rest there for a day or two before I try to latch it. Always try to do that on a warm day.
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always down when driving (put towel on window when down to protect it ) always up when parked , leave it up in sun to stretch wrinkles for 10-15 minutes before parked in garage
I still have the original top on mine, but it needs replacing. The window is all cracked and yellowed pretty badly. It seems to scuff real easy as of the last year or so too for whatever reason.

The towel idea is a great one, one I've not thought of, but one I'll be using from now on, and once I put a new top and window in! Great tip!

Depending upon what I'm doing the next day with it, or what the weather may be like, I store it in both positions to be honest, but more up than down. I also notice it does get a little tight if left in the down position for a number of days in a row.

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I must be the odd man out here. I put it down in April and it stays down until Oct. Never had an issue with it shrinking. In Oct, I just put it up but not latched. I let it rest there for a day or two before I try to latch it. Always try to do that on a warm day.

It is funny, the rear window is still nice and clear (same top that came with the car 18 years ago), but there is a thin section of rear window by the molding that sees the sun and is UV damaged
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post #13 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 18, 10:31 AM
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This year I left my top down for 2 months due to using a boot for most of the summer.
When I put it back up it was done outdoors in the sun. That takes out most of the major wrinkles and does allow easier latching (though you can latch it otherwise) and any wrinkles that were still there I was able to take out with a Harbor Freight steamer
https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-w...kit-63042.html
I highly recommend this steamer for the cost and performance (and I have tried a few).

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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 18, 12:47 PM
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The few times I had my top down after I spent $1500 to replace it on my 1991 Z/28, I never left it down due to the plastic window. The top was actual material and not vinyl so the material was unaffected, but the back windows was plastic and I didn't want it ruined like it was when I got it.
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post #15 of 29 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 18, 04:50 PM
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Been down once in 10 years when I replaced it. . . . .looks like new with 900 miles on it!!!!
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