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Old 11-09-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Stinky new soft top

I just recently purchased a new Besttop (TJ soft top). I installed the top (minus the back and side panels) and put it into the garage, The next day I put it outside in the sun to warm it up so I could install the read side and back panels.
After 3-4 hours in the sun (approx. 65 degrees) the top started to stink like a skunk sprayed it. You can smell it from 20 ft away. The side and rear panels were still inside the house and only had a slight skunk smell to them. As an experiment I took one of the side panels outside today and left it in the sun for 3 hours (60 degrees). It now smells like a skunk. It has to be something applied to the top during the manufacturing process that is activated by the sun.

The soft top has been on the jeep for a week now and the smell is not any better.

Has anyone else had this kind of experience before?

Thanks, I appreciate any guidance provided.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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I bought and installed a new Besttop Sailcloth R-A-T last spring. It was a bit warmer than 65º when I installed it, and I had no weird odors, then or since. :shrug:

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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my 2012 factory top smelled pretty awful for a week or two after I installed it. Now it's odorless.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:25 PM   #4
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My besttop nx frameless smells really bad. Unfortunately I don't really know what it was like at first as I just purchased the jeep this week. I can't decide if it's a musty smell or a chemical smell so I'm just going to clean it really well and lysol it (or thieves oil perhaps). I'll let you know how it goes!
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It's the plastic windows outgassing it will eventually go away. I remember when my YJ still smelled new and i did not like the smell. I preferred the smell of my dads old 1977 CJ7 and wished my YJ would smell like it. Now my YJ does smell like that old CJ7 and i wish it smelled new again lmao.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:06 AM   #6
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Put a new quadratec top on my yj, and it smelled. It was what my daughter called "pool toy" smell. Lasted a few days.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:15 AM   #7
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My bestop trail cover had a smell for a smelled like ant poison
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I bought a used one and is smelled like moth balls. Best way to get rid of odor is to use bamboo carbon bags. They absorb odors very well. Just place anywhere in the jeep.

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