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Old 05-02-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hard Top Question

For those that have a hard top Wrangler, is there any thing special to keep it looking new?
Or just plain washing?
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More than likely just plain washing would work. Maybe a spray and wipe detailer like Turtle Wax Ice on occasion.

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Paint wouldn't be a bad idea, too Mark W.
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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I had so far just plain washing and is really fine - I mean not automatic washing, though. And the rain cleans it really well :P (is the only part that get clean after the rain, the mud on my doors still stays there.... even after the hardest possible rain...)
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Paint wouldn't be a bad idea, too Mark W.
my dealer said paint will come off... is that so? I mean gets chipped (was that the word?)
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What kind of paint are you refering to?
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You need to use paint meant for fiberglass- your local Home Despot will have some in a color or flavor of your choice Mark W.
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can I get strawberry? Please... As for the color, hmmm, let's see... black? at least will be a blacker black
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More than likely just plain washing would work. Maybe a spray and wipe detailer like Turtle Wax Ice on occasion.
That is what my father uses on his F150 FX4. He told me to use it on my fender flares and top to protect it from fading.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:14 PM   #10
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Clean it, then wipe it down with "back to Black" looks great, and you don't get build-up - I do it every time I clean it! Also works awesome on the bumpers and all the black stuff that oxidizes -
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Plain water with a little dishwashing detergent is good before you put anything else on as it gets any greasy muck build up off. Also good to use before you put stickers on glass or anywhere else bc it has a degreaser in it, don't use a lot though just enough to make some bubbles in the water.
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Thanks for the replies.
I use Back to Black on the other black parts of the Jeep and was wondering if it would work on the top as well.
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Good man!
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In fact, yesterday I got ambitiuos and gave her a wash and wax.
Used Meguiars cleaner wax on it and Back to Black on all the black parts.
Actually seems to "glitter" and "glow"more.
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I keep seeing a few red CJ's and TJ's w/ the tops painted to match, I've been thinking this might be a good project for over the summer!
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Plain water with a little dishwashing detergent is good before you put anything else on as it gets any greasy muck build up off. Also good to use before you put stickers on glass or anywhere else bc it has a degreaser in it, don't use a lot though just enough to make some bubbles in the water.
...and make sure not to get diswashing detergent on the paint, or it will take off the new coat of wax you just put on.
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The on;y time I use dish soap, is if I plan on applying new wax.
Iv been using Meguiars products on all my other vehicles, including the motorhome,and dont see why the Jeep should get any different treatment.
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I've used Ice on mine. So far things are still black. May use back to black if things get a little gray. The Ice by Turtle Wax claims to be safe on the plastic parts.
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...and make sure not to get diswashing detergent on the paint, or it will take off the new coat of wax you just put on.
Only if you mix it too strong or let it sit on the paintwork for too long, rinse it off a section at a time
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Only if you mix it too strong or let it sit on the paintwork for too long, rinse it off a section at a time
Any use of dish soap will strip your wax off. That is what it is made to do, break down grease and so forth. Spend a little extra and buy car wash soap. TW Ice works great and does not leave any residue behind.
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Guess people can decide for themselves then, I didn't work for Toyota for years to come on a forum & argue with someone over washing a Jeep top
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The on;y time I use dish soap, is if I plan on applying new wax.
Iv been using Meguiars products on all my other vehicles, including the motorhome,and dont see why the Jeep should get any different treatment.
Exactly right Donnie, just as I said in my first post, "before you put anything else on" you are on the right track!
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I already put a couple of scratches on one of the panels when removing them last week I thought about painting over it, but I'm worried any paint I get won't perfectly match the rest of the top. Any thoughts?
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A very thin artist's paint brush, some semi gloss black paint and a very steady hand. Paint only the part scratched through. I'd try that before painting a whole surface.

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