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I admit it was a bit chilly washing the car at 7C/44F; my fingers were aching after 20 minutes or so. But it was worth the short-term pain.
 
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It’s a few days old this thread, but I wanted to tell you about a product I purchased to try to get to grips with the Heritage Stripe. It’s difficult to detail that black bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk), but I purchased these and the results are fantastic, I’m very happy. Essentially, you simply clean the surface and then apply the Jet Seal, no marks, a Matt sheen, perfect!
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I haven’t had any issues maintaining the Heritage Stripe.

I normally wash the car with Meguiar’s Gold Class wash and then dry it with a The Absorber synthetic chamois and I’m done. It works like a charm.

Over the past 33 months, I have applied Klasse paint sealant glaze twice, and Meguiar’s spray-on detailer 2 or 3 times and it’s worked well. But overall I find that simply washing and drying the car is enough for the Stripe.

I have avoided applying wax, though. The residue wax leaves behind is unlikely to work well with the matte finish.
 
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I’ve been using this synthetic chamois for years on a multitude of cars I’ve owned: it works well, is easy to use, wash and store, and lasts a very long time. I’m only on my second one in 15 years.

After you dry the car, it works great wiping the interior clean, too.

Amazon.com: CleanTools 10067 Absorber Synthetic Drying Towel, 27-Inch x 17-Inch, 1 Sided Texture, 2-Pack : Automotive

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Yes, I’ve used these for years, though not on my ‘pride and joy’ she gets special treatment when washed.
 

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I use The Last Coat products. The Weekend Warrior bundle is a good starting point. GO2 Waterless Wash is amazingly good to use for touchups on the go afterwards. The Weekend Warrior bundle may look a bit pricey, but you use very little per application and it produces outstanding results if you do it the way they tell you to.

Itsy needs cleaning right now. I will take some before and after pics tomorrow using the GO2 Waterless Wash and you can see how good it is, as well as how shiny Itsy is from the Weekend Warrior package about 5 months after I last applied it.
 

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I’m struggling with the Heritage stripe, I just can’t seem to get it ‘the way I want it’. I didn’t buy the car new and so don’t know what it is supposed to look like, Matt or satin. I have tried applications for both. I know the subject is well covered, but what are people using on this part of the car? Thanks in anticipation.
 

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As @Pancetta stated you can really go down a rabbit hole with detailing products. I have used many products over the years on the 30+ vehicles I have owned.
@Packetjones you need to set some goals as to what you are after. If you just want protection and shine every 3-6 months, then any of the products listed in this thread will work. I have been a loyal Zaino Brothers buyer since 1999 when they were endorsed by the Corvette Club of America at that time. It has outstanding shine, but protection is lacking in today's world of glass coatings and other protection products. I have been asked many times whether I have my cars professionally detailed and I say yes, by me. :) That is the quality of the Zaino products.

I personally went down a rabbit hole a few month's ago when I discovered Esoteric Car Care Easy to use auto detail products and how-to videos | ESOTERIC Car Care . They have published tons of videos on how to detail your car on their Youtube channel at ESOTERIC - YouTube .

They use the products they sell on their client's cars. This is where you start learning about levels of clarity and reflectivity in high end detailing.

There are lots of ceramic or glass coatings on the market. A lot of them are not as advertised or proper surface preparation was not completed for good bonding. I can tell you that I bought the Kamikaze Rim Coat kit from Esoteric and was blown away with the results. The wheels are now so incredibly slick that cleanup is quick and much easier. This is a must-have with white wheels.

I have a very long wish list of products to buy from Esoteric over coming months as I prep for upcoming car shows in the spring.

So to summarize, if you want short to medium term shine and protection, pick up some of the products previously mentioned in this thread at your local auto parts store. If you want to step up to award winning finishes of shine, I recommend Zaino. If you want the absolute best products on the market, then watch a ton of videos at Esoteric and choose one of the great products they sell.
 

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What was the process you used on the heritage stripe. Been very leery to is anything. Worried about swirls
HiI wouldn’t worry too much, but is not an easy substrate. It’s not paint, I think it is a Matt vinyl, similar to a wrap. I wash the whole car with a good quality neutral shampoo (no wax/ additives). I wax and polish the car a couple of times a year, otherwise I dry everything off and then use a quick detailer on the paint. On the stripe I use this product, but follow the instructions properly and it will leave the stripe looking as intended. The material is pretty robust, it won’t be subject to swirls like paint so just take your time. BTW,. I am sure there are other good Matt polishes, but as I say, I like this one.
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QUESTION: What are you guys doing for the top fabric?

I've been washing it with the same Meguiar's Gold Class as the rest of the car, and rinsing it well, but I've getting white marks where I grab the top with my hand to lower it and click it in place.
 

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I would try RaggTopp convertible top cleaner. RaggTopp products are recommended and endorsed by HAARTZ, the people who made the tops for our Spiders.
Also, I always put on, please no names I know I tend to go overboard, a pair of cheap (99¢) plain brown jersy gloves when opening or closing the top on Moonracer to limit and hopefully avoid getting oils from my hands on the top fabric. I started doing this shortly after I got my Abarth and noticed that when lowering or raising the top I was always grasping/touching the top in the same places repeatedly.
 

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I have tried Ragg Topp and the Chemical Guys products, I wasn’t fully happy with either. The main reason is that you spray the cleaner on and it gets everywhere if you aren’t extremely careful, you also have to be very clear about which bits you have covered. On my last clean I used the Protex product, which you brush on, both the cleaner and the waterproofer. It took me about 15 minutes to clean the top and the same to waterproof it after it dried. I was also much happier with the end result, the top looks like new. Protex Convertible Soft Top Canvas Cleaner/Restorer (BLACK)/Waterproofer 500ml

NB: I’m not an employee or agent of this company, just a very happy customer.
I would try RaggTopp convertible top cleaner. RaggTopp products are recommended and endorsed by HAARTZ, the people who made the tops for our Spiders.
Also, I always put on, please no names I know I tend to go overboard, a pair of cheap (99¢) plain brown jersy gloves when opening or closing the top on Moonracer to limit and hopefully avoid getting oils from my hands on the top fabric. I started doing this shortly after I got my Abarth and noticed that when lowering or raising the top I was always grasping/touching the top in the same places repeatedly.
Totally agree with your point on the top and getting oils into the fabric, the area where you press down gets pretty mucky, great tip on the gloves, I use a cloth which I keep in the cubby at the back.
 
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