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99 Boxster, 5 speed, Arena Red, light grey interior.

The top on it is more of a Beige color.

I wonder if this is the original, but doubt it since I believe it came with the light grey color color top.

How can I tell?

Or, is it just dirty?

Thanks

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99 Boxster, 5 speed, Arena Red, light grey interior.

The top on it is more of a Beige color.

I wonder if this is the original, but doubt it since I believe it came with the light grey color color top.

How can I tell?

Or, is it just dirty?

Thanks

I believe the top color options on the '99s are Graphite Grey, Metropol Blue, and Black. Since your car has a grey interior I'd lean toward the Graphite top.

If it's showing a tan color then the top color is fading. A pic may confirm. there are products out there for dyeing the top, that others have used with varying degrees of success. A good soak 'n' scrub with car soap and a microfiber mitt may help pull out any contaminants that mask the factory color, so I'd start there first. Porsche and others make top protectants and conditioners with UV protection to help keep the top in "tip-top" shape.

Mark

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99 Boxster, 5 speed, Arena Red, light grey interior.

The top on it is more of a Beige color.

I wonder if this is the original, but doubt it since I believe it came with the light grey color color top.

How can I tell?

Or, is it just dirty?

Thanks

I believe the top color options on the '99s are Graphite Grey, Metropol Blue, and Black. Since your car has a grey interior I'd lean toward the Graphite top.

If it's showing a tan color then the top color is fading. A pic may confirm. there are products out there for dyeing the top, that others have used with varying degrees of success. A good soak 'n' scrub with car soap and a microfiber mitt may help pull out any contaminants that mask the factory color, so I'd start there first. Porsche and others make top protectants and conditioners with UV protection to help keep the top in "tip-top" shape.

Mark

I bought some Convertible Top cleaner and tried spraying it, then rubbing the area with lintless cloth, then soak it up with a damp clotch, but did not see any change in the color. Do I need to use a horse hair brush to get the embedded dirt out? Or is it just the color fading... Here's a picture, althought the sunlight distorts the color a little. I'll get a better pic tomorrow since it's dark out. It's definitely not graphite grey.

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Here's a better picture.

It's actually more tan than it looks in the picture here.

If you look closely, it fades a little where the roll bar is.

Bruce:

I've seen three Graphite Grey topped Boxsters in the last two weeks, and that color on your car does not look too far off what they look like.

Here's one that I saw in person last week: http://www.ppbb.com/phorum/read.php?19,1570026

The last photo in the original poster's post shows a good photo of the top and the graphite grey color.

What do you think?

Regards, Maurice.

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Thanks Maurice.

My picture does not show the real color very well, but yours looks definitely Graphite Grey, mine is more Tan.

So, the top color must be fading because I scrubbed the heck out of it and did not change color (not dirty).

I don't mind it all that much, just that it doesn't match the interior color.

How hard is it to do a die job? Should I die before I Scotch Guard it?

What is that grey material hanging from the gasket? When I worked on mine, it was just laying on the carpet...

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Thanks Maurice.

My picture does not show the real color very well, but yours looks definitely Graphite Grey, mine is more Tan.

So, the top color must be fading because I scrubbed the heck out of it and did not change color (not dirty).

I don't mind it all that much, just that it doesn't match the interior color.

How hard is it to do a die job? Should I die before I Scotch Guard it?

What is that grey material hanging from the gasket? When I worked on mine, it was just laying on the carpet...

Bruce:

I have never done a dye job on a convertible top, although I have succesfully used Vinyl Spray Paint to change door panel colors from brown to black on a Datsun (before they became Nissan). If you are going to try it, I would suggest you experiment on a piece of the canvas material from an old top or from a small flap that you can cut out from the inside and definitely DO NOT Scotchguard it before applying the color. The Scotchguard would interfere with the bonding of the color onto the canvas.The grey material is the vinyl apron that directs water into the drain holes once rain or water gets past the gasket that surrounds the rear apron of the convetible top canvas.

Regards, Maurice.

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OK... looks like I just had to brush it a little harder...

After using convertible top cleaning solution and a nylon brush, I rinsed and let dry twice.

Top is much more grey now! Will try to post pic.

I ordered some RaggTop scotchguard and treated top.

So I suppose it was the original top color all along, just that it was dirty and/or faded, so the vigorous brushing probably just removed the dirt or top layer of UV degraded canvas.

Just in time for the Monsoon season here is AZ!

Thanks for all your help :thankyou:

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