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Old 11-09-2013, 07:43 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, 08:54 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 65║ when I installed it, and I had no weird odors, then or since. :shrug:

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Old 11-14-2013, 12:17 AM   #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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