Soft Top Boot
Besides keeping it clean, one of the best ways to extend the life of your convertible's soft top is to provide it with a high-quality boot. The soft top boot is actually a cover that protects your lowered soft top against dirt and other elements that can damage its fabric. Aside from protection from natural elements, this boot also keeps the soft top from fading and protects it from vandalisms.
You see, convertible tops don't come cheap, so you should make it a point to protect the one in your car no matter what and how much it takes. However, it is still wise to choose a unit that will give more value for your money. So when purchasing a soft top boot for your convertible, it is important to consider the following factors:
The quality of the cover is usually determined by the material it is made of and its construction. Don't just believe a merchant or manufacturer saying that a particular soft top cover is of excellent quality. Instead, take time to find out what makes it high in quality. Is it made from wear-and-tear-resistant materials? Is it capable of protecting the soft top and itself against the sun's harmful UV rays? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the soft top boot you're eyeing seems like a good buy.
Cleaning, maintenance, and storage
You can save a lot of time and effort if the soft top cover you'll get is easy to clean and maintain. It should turn out dirt-free after being washed with water and cleaner and must not easily get damaged when brushed. It's also a plus if the material can easily be wiped dry when air drying isn't feasible. Plus, you should factor in how the product should be stored when not in use. It's wise to get one that can simply be folded and stored away.
The soft top boot's ability to protect itself from the harmful sun rays must not be enough; it should also be water-proof. You see, when the soft top is folded down and water gets into it, the fluid that's trapped in the creases of the cover can lead to buildup of moisture and mould. A weather-proof soft top boot can be used for all seasons and can deliver extra durability, and thus long service life.
Ease of installation and removal
Why spend time and effort in complicated soft top boot installation when you can get one that snaps down over the soft top and bows pretty easily? Don't make the mistake of getting one that still requires modification and complex installation procedures. It would help if you read the soft top boot review page in the manufacturer's or merchant's site as most customers usually give feedback on their installation experience.
One soft top boot can have unique features than the other, but that doesn't mean it's worth purchasing. Find out first if you'll benefit from these particular features. There are some covers that are designed in such a way that they can be used with the soft top windows zipped out. This feature is beneficial as it helps keep the windows of the soft top free from scratches and creases.