Fabsil Gold - Water beading results

Finally managed to get my hands on Fabsil Gold. Much better results than Autoglym protector (which is still a great product)

What do you use??

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Looking good. I have some Renovo ‘Ultra Proofer’ to apply on mine shortly. So I’ll post up a photo once done - see how it compares :+1:

Cheers,
Steve

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I bought a half gallon tin of fabsil gold 10 years ago.
It doesn’t bead forever, but half gallon is good for about 3 applications every few years.
I’m about getting ready to do mine again.

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It contains silicone so could be an issue if you’re having any paint work done.

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Used a load of the masking tape/plastic sheeting prior to application for that very reason. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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does fabsil gold or similar products add any water proofing or is it applied just for the beading effect

That’s exactly what it is, a waterproof product.
I use it on tents and all sorts.
The Gold version has double the silicone than the normal one.

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I know what it is but what I’m getting at is do these soft tops need waterproofing. I have been out in some serious rain and it hasn’t leaked yet or do they need reproofing on a regular basis

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I answered the question you asked.
I am sure the hood is waterproof and “more than likely “ remain so.
But you will probably see that the roof becomes water logged, (but doesn’t leak) when it gets wet.
The Fabsil will prevent that and “bead” the water off and thus should dry a lot quicker too.
Certainly when moving.

yes you have answered it. it doesn’t need doing thank you

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Just to expand on SC’ s response the hood material used on the latest cars, fabric or Mohair as some people like to call it is a 3 layer bonded material consisting of a spun dyed acrylic outer layer which is primarily for appearance and protection, a middle butyl rubber layer which gives the water tight / proofing plus a spun dyed inner layer for appearance. As new, the outer layer will give a beading effect but the build up of dirt and the wearing off of the natural water repellancy means that this layer will retain water and appear soaked eventually. If you want to go back to a beading finish then by all means use a proofer but please remove all dirty residue by a thorough cleaning using a stiffish brush and suitable mild detergent followed by a good rinse using clean water, a pressure washer on minimum from about 0.5m works well. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying anything else.1

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Looks good. I’ve used Autoglym, Renovo and Fabsil Gold over the last few years. Fabsil hasn’t been quite as resilient this last year so I’m going back to Renovo with the 3 piece kit (cleaner, colour and proofer) hopefully I get one more year out of the soft top as it’s now into it’s 19th year.

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Another satisfied user of Fab seal gold. Used it for years on other convertible fabric hoods. Ive never had any issues, just use a new 2 inch paint brush to do two opposing coats…mask off paint work to be safe .
The strong smell soon disappears and it tends to bead all summer .

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Just as an aside, I use it on our umbrellas and it is very effective, you can shake off 90% of the water so it makes it less messy to stow a used umbrella in the boot.
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If you need a ‘proofer’ to waterproof a top, then one has more problems than a proofer will solve.
To answer you question no, you don’t need one. There’s another line of argument too, of whether you want to plaster all sorts of chemicals on a mohair top.