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Old 03-14-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone had any good ways on keeping there soft tops looking new? I live in Florida and the sun will be beating down on it during the day, she is garage kept though. I know car wash soap is ok to use, does anyone else you a special soap or a conditioner for there soft top. I currently have the "Premium Top".

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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Clean with mild dish washing soap, really diluted. Then when dry wipe down with 303 protectorant. It works great in Tx so Florida should be ok too. It was developed for NASA and it like sunscreen for your jeep.

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There are products that are made for tonneau covers to keep them like new i bet they would work the same
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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I'm in Florida and I use car wash soap and one of those soft bristle car wash brushes. About 3-4 times a year, I apply 303. My top is almost 3 years old and looks new.
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I'm over in Daytona Beach. I've been using a spray product called "Convertable top cleaner and protectant" not sure who it's made by but I get it at AutoZone. Short of Bestop, this is the only stuff I can find. Been using it once a month since I bought my Jeep in 2009 and I think it works very well. My soft top looks maybe 2yrs old instead of 4 1/2 yrs old.
It's in a silver spray bottle and runs about $7.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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Thanks I will look in to both products. I have washed my jeep a couple times and most of the time I look at my top and it is not dirty so I don't wash it. Do you guys skip over it if it does not loom like it needs it.
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Ya, I skip the top also, I wash my jeep almost weekly but have only washed the top once in 5 months. Probably should do it more, but it looks clean..

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Thanks I will look in to both products. I have washed my jeep a couple times and most of the time I look at my top and it is not dirty so I don't wash it. Do you guys skip over it if it does not loom like it needs it.
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I always wash my tops...always have...but you have a different type of "dirt" and "mud" than we do up here......and I suspect your dust and dirt are different. I know all that sounds funny unless you have lived/ been in both places. Out west the dust is worse, (say in the dessert) but it seems to come off easier to me than the clay mud dust we have around here
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I always wash my tops...always have...but you have a different type of "dirt" and "mud" than we do up here......and I suspect your dust and dirt are different. I know all that sounds funny unless you have lived/ been in both places. Out west the dust is worse, (say in the dessert) but it seems to come off easier to me than the clay mud dust we have around here
Yea I have lived almost everywhere in the U.S. so I know what you are talking about. The only think that get the top dirty here is a little bit of sandy dust and the occasional bird dropping.
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Ya, I skip the top also, I wash my jeep almost weekly but have only washed the top once in 5 months. Probably should do it more, but it looks clean..
Same I wash mine all the time I just don't want to dual the top out like some of the jeeps I see here in FL
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #11
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I wash my top every time the Jeep gets washed. It only adds about 10 minutes. That's if the top is up. If the top is already down, I don't bother.
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The 303 protectant is the best I've ever seen.


A friend of mine uses lemon Pledge. He likes it best.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:43 PM   #13
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Best results I have had with cleaning the top is the cleaner by Bestop. It's called Protect. It's specifically formulated for soft tops, i have never seen a better shine then after using this stuff. It is kinda expensive but it does work well, I live in Tennessee and the sun here is rough too, I used this stuff all summer and it lasted pretty well. I bought the mopar cleaner that was recommended in the owners manual and I don't think it was any where near as good as the Bestop protectant. Hope this helps. Good luck! And happy Jeeping! :-)
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Best results I have had with cleaning the top is the cleaner by Bestop. It's called Protect. It's specifically formulated for soft tops, i have never seen a better shine then after using this stuff. It is kinda expensive but it does work well, I live in Tennessee and the sun here is rough too, I used this stuff all summer and it lasted pretty well. I bought the mopar cleaner that was recommended in the owners manual and I don't think it was any where near as good as the Bestop protectant. Hope this helps. Good luck! And happy Jeeping! :-)
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/bestop-...-11205-00.html

Here is a link for the other guys that want to check it out. There is a video too.
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I've never seen the 303 cleaner and protectant combined. I buy the regular 303 Aerospace by the gallon on Amazon, but then I use it for other things around the house that are exposed to the sun (e.g. window awnings, pool umbrellas, etc.).

It's also great to use on fenders, bumpers, window seals, basically anything plastic or rubber on the Jeep. My fenders look great and they are exposed to the sun all day (garaged at night), and mud on the weekends.
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I am going to read the reviews tomorrow and buy a product and do some before and after photos when I get it
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I just traded in my 2009 for a 2013. The 09 soft top was vinyl. Is the new premium top fabric?
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I just traded in my 2009 for a 2013. The 09 soft top was vinyl. Is the new premium top fabric?
That's what it looks and feels like.
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I just traded in my 2009 for a 2013. The 09 soft top was vinyl. Is the new premium top fabric?
It's a 3 ply top. Cotton twill on the outside, then vinyl, then another layer of cotton twill on the inside.


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I've never seen the 303 cleaner and protectant combined. I buy the regular 303 Aerospace by the gallon on Amazon, but then I use it for other things around the house that are exposed to the sun (e.g. window awnings, pool umbrellas, etc.).

It's also great to use on fenders, bumpers, window seals, basically anything plastic or rubber on the Jeep. My fenders look great and they are exposed to the sun all day (garaged at night), and mud on the weekends.
^^ This.

I scrub the 303 into my soft top with a soft bristle brush each spring when I take the top off, and each fall when I put it back on. I just lay each panel out on a work table in my garage...takes about a 1/2 hour.

I also use it on interior, fenders, door seals, etc, like Brighton said.

Great stuff.

If you have trouble finding it, check marine supply stores. They usually carry it. And Amazon carries it, too.
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Yes the premium top looks so much better then the vinyl top.
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #23
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So far cleaning the to with Ice Premium Care car Wash, has been working very well for me. It has bit faded at all from the floor sun and is still tight as the day I bought it.
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Bestop cleaner works great and the 303 product provides UV protection.
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