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Old 06-25-2014, 12:39 AM   #1
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car wash softtop

I just put my soft top on my 2012 jku. The question I had was would a touchless car wash damage the softtop or plastic windows with the spray and chemical soaps? Thanks.

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Old 06-25-2014, 01:25 AM   #2
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Many have done it. Read some of car wash threads.

It's funny how most don't think twice about exposing the under carriage of the JK to brush, fallen trees, mud and big rocks but when it comes to the body and top and those terrible car washes and the pink soap all bets are off

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:13 AM   #3
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Brushless car wash' are fine. The grit and crap that get stuck on the brushes, and the brushes themselves, can scratch the windows up some, so...careful there. I just use the self serve types...I always run the soapy hose on the brush bristles before I run the brush across my Jeep. People usually use the brush on their wheels...can leave a lot of crud on it that can't be good for your paint.
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I'd be thinking twice about the kind of soap they use in car washes, and if it's actually safe for the soft top material. Then I'd also wonder if their rinse cycle is long enough to actually get all the soap out of the soft top material. Leaving soap and residue probably isn't very good for the top...

If I was in a position where I needed to use a brushless car wash, I'd probably go straight home and rinse the top again till the water ran clear and make sure there's nothing left in the fabric.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:02 AM   #5
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The brush-less car wash won't cause any problems with the top or any other part of the Jeep.

Car ashes wouldn't be using a detergent so strong that it would cause harm to vehicles.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:27 AM   #6
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I've been in the car wash industry for almost 2 decades (I write software for tunnel control among other things). The chemicals used will not harm your plastic windows or soft top.

The dirty brushes thing is mostly BS for a variety of reasons, sure it can happen but it's very rare in a properly setup and run car wash and any legit operator has insurance that will cover damages of this sort. One of the operators I work with washes 500k cars a year.. and has never had a problem of this sort. Damage to aftermarket antennas/bug guards and like happens often enough that most operators have a disclaimer about aftermarket items.

Rollovers (the things you drive in and the equipment move around the vehicle) are decent as long as they are touchless. I've seen a few that have brushes and the like and I'm certain that they do not get the maintenance necessary to keep the brushes/mitters clean... and if you're jeep is damaged I'd bet they wouldn't cooperate.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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I went through my local car wash years ago and my antenna got ripped off while going through. So now I just wash it by hand. I just put a new soft top on too and I was wiping the windows yesterday with a wet paper towel, and I noticed it left slight scratch marks! They're not bad but wtf...I wasn't aware that the windows were so sensitive. Also, the reason I was cleaning them was because there was bird shit running down the back window. When I wiped away the bird shit, I noticed it left little divet marks, almost like little dents, in the window.
I'm hoping they will go away, but I'm going to try and be careful when cleaning this thing from now on.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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I take my '11 JKU through all types of car washes on a bi-weekly basis... no problems with the top at all

make sure to fold the antenna back and tuck in the door and you should be fine
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I went through my local car wash years ago and my antenna got ripped off while going through. So now I just wash it by hand. I just put a new soft top on too and I was wiping the windows yesterday with a wet paper towel, and I noticed it left slight scratch marks! They're not bad but wtf...I wasn't aware that the windows were so sensitive. Also, the reason I was cleaning them was because there was bird shit running down the back window. When I wiped away the bird shit, I noticed it left little divet marks, almost like little dents, in the window.
I'm hoping they will go away, but I'm going to try and be careful when cleaning this thing from now on.
Paper towels are abrasive. They will scratch any soft surface including paint. Clean micro fibre towels are your best bet.

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