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Description: Usually found on luxury
cars, a landau roof enhances the outside appearance by adding an element
of formality to a car's roofline. Instead of a full covering of the roof
area, a landau roof usually covers the rear section. Landau roofs most
commonly use vinyl as a covering material, but sometimes can be found
covered with a durable cloth.
Since the landau roof covering is different from the painted surfaces of
the remainder of the roof and body, it requires different upkeep.
Regular care will extend the life of your landau roof, by protecting it
from the elements and the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.
Purpose: Landau tops enhance vehicle appearance.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: Inspect the roof regularly for
signs of damage, loosening and debris. If the roof shows signs of
looseness, damage or pulling from the corners, have a professional
evaluate the damage right away. Catching a minor problem early may mean
that the roof can be repaired easily now rather than confronting the
cost of a major repair later. Bird droppings and chemicals used on
roadways can discolour the roof, so they need to be removed right away.
That's why it's always best to precede roof cleaning with a thorough
washing of your car's exterior. So you don't have to fight the sun and
its effects, always wash your car and perform roof cleaning in the
To clean a vinyl roof, apply quality vinyl roof cleaner with a white,
all-cotton, terrycloth towel to entire vinyl roof. Do not "spot clean"
just a given section as it may result in uneven coloration of the roof
at a later point. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label of
the cleaner for best results. For areas with stubborn dirt imbedded into
the texture of the vinyl, apply the cleaner to a soft, nylon-bristled
brush and scrub gently. Once you're finished applying the cleaner, wait
a few minutes and then wipe the treated area with a second towel.
Never use harsh chemicals like solvents or bleach as they may damage or
discolour the roof. Also, avoid using abrasive cleaning pads as they can
scratch and "open up" the vinyl, accelerating wear and creating a more
porous surface for dirt to stick. If needed, repeat the cleaning cycle
if the vinyl top is extremely dirty. Apply a vinyl protector when
Cleaning a cloth landau roof requires some extra precautions over vinyl.
Wash the top in the shade with car wash soap and water, or soap
specifically designed for cloth roofs and tops. Apply the soap with a
sponge, or a cleaning brush, with soft, nylon bristles. Never use a
brush with stiff (especially metal) bristles as it may damage the roof.
Also, steer clear of towels, a chamois or a cleaning cloth at this
point, because it can leave lint or push dirt into the top. If you
encounter tough stains in the cloth, use a dedicated cleaner
specifically made for this purpose. After the top dries, apply a cloth
roof/top protectant to guard against the sun's UV rays and to repel
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