Having neglected my v8 for a decade has taken a toll on the mohair top. I shoulda' covered it, but you know ?
So it was looking very dusty and discoloured. I carefully hoovered the dust and lint etc. off with a car vacuum. Then i washed it lightly and left it to dry. It looked better, but a bit dry and faded. I had bought some Renovo products, reviver, water proofer and window polish from Bobsport and as the weather is so warm, thought I'd give it all a go. First thing I did was mask the car up to protect from splashes as I wanted to work quickly in the heat of the day. The work was carried out in my garage away from direct sun light. I painted on the hood reviver with a 2" brush working quickly but firmly stippling the liquid in to the nap and especially into the seams.
It is a watery black solution, but still needs a good pull on the brush to distribute it evenly. Several splashes were evident on the news paper masking I'd employed as the brush flicked it from time to time. All done in an hour, so moved the wedge outside to aid drying time. A couple of hours later it appeared and felt dry, so I started applying the waterproofer which is a pale blue liquid of similar viscosity to the reviver. This was done in the same way as the earlier work, making sure to stipple it in to the nap and seams. Then back outside to dry. It really looks like
new. The nap has raised and the colour is dark black and it even seems to have tightened the hood somewhat.
All I gotta' do now is polish the plastic windows which are a bit foggy with some renovo polish.
I reckon the solutions will do another couple of applications as I'd used about a third of each bottle. Not cheap, but a new mohair hood is very expensive, so this renovo stuff is worth the moolah to rescue a rag top.
Highly recommended to you guys that have tatty hoods that need a bit of a makeover.