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Old 02-25-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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How to clean softtop windows

I recently put my soft top on my jeep and want to clean the windows so I can take the windows off for the weekend. What do you recommend to clean the soft top and the windows for it? Also what do you use to protect it?

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Bestop has a cleaner and protectant for your soft top. Always make sure that you spray the grit and grime off of the windows before applying any cleaners. Do not use a commercial glass cleaner or anything containing amonia as it will cause your windows to yellow. Never use paper towels as they can scratch. Either use a chamois or microfiber towel to wipe them.

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Bestop has a cleaner and protectant for your soft top. Always make sure that you spray the grit and grime off of the windows before applying any cleaners. Do not use a commercial glass cleaner or anything containing amonia as it will cause your windows to yellow. Never use paper towels as they can scratch. Either use a chamois or microfiber towel to wipe them.
This is exactly what to do.

However...after awhile if you're like me, ya tend to get lazy lol

During the winter, it's VERY difficult to keep those windows clear. In a pinch, if u can't see well, I've found you can take a gas station squeege thing, and put it on the vinyl. DONT SWIPE IT THOUGH! let that water simply just run down the window. It gets enough salt and deicer off to see again. Now...I'll admit it. I don't take good care of my windows in the winter. I will run that squeege across them lol! I DO NOT suggest u do that though until you hit the point of "eh my Jeep in scratched, dented, and always dirty" kinda mindset.

My experience...I do more damage removing them and tossing them in the back seat than I do running squeegees on them. I haven't noticed any major scratches doing this, unlike my improper storage methods. They do scratch easy, so I don't suggest the squeegee method unless it's emergency "OMG I can't see a thing!"

My USUAL method I will recommend though. It works well...

drive in the rain.

But JD's suggestion is the PC and correct way to go about it
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I'll catch heat for this but . . . .

I just clean my windows with a damp paper towel. I've been doing it for eight months and they all look fine. Super simple, takes little to no prep (obviously) and just goes straight in the trash when I'm done. Perfect.

As for the top, I keep meaning to pick up some of the special cleaner, but haven't done so yet. Just been using a hose.
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I'll catch heat for this but . . . .

I just clean my windows with a damp paper towel. I've been doing it for eight months and they all look fine. Super simple, takes little to no prep (obviously) and just goes straight in the trash when I'm done. Perfect.

As for the top, I keep meaning to pick up some of the special cleaner, but haven't done so yet. Just been using a hose.
Yeah that's what I mean. I haven't noticed any real damage on mine by my um..cleaning methods either. My windows will have salt, road grime, mud..whatever else too when that squeegee hits them, and nothing.

I'm not scared of dents, chips, scratches, or anything else though. That's why I'm not recommending that. Folks get OCD with new vehicles and we try to keep them nice...

Till a buggy slams it in a parking lot or u hit a tree screwing around in the woods then u don't really care anymore
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Novus plastic polish is what I use, same stuff I use to clean the Harley windshield with.
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I'll catch heat for this but . . . .

I just clean my windows with a damp paper towel. I've been doing it for eight months and they all look fine. Super simple, takes little to no prep (obviously) and just goes straight in the trash when I'm done. Perfect.

. . . .
Just need to partially retract the above.

Today as I was getting ready to put the top down, I went inside and for my typical damp towel, wiped off my rear windows, and, looked real hard at them in the sun light. Guess what? Covered in scratches. Zillions of tiny ones.

I don't know if special cleaning stuff would have made a difference, But they are indeed scratched up.

Conveniently, I don't care and can still see through them just fine. But still, I wanted to correct the suggestion that my "method" leaves perfect windows.
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I'm gonna try and purchase a cleaner/protectant soon and test it out it seems like the windows already got scratched up but just trying my best to keep it looking good.
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Just need to partially retract the above.

Today as I was getting ready to put the top down, I went inside and for my typical damp towel, wiped off my rear windows, and, looked real hard at them in the sun light. Guess what? Covered in scratches. Zillions of tiny ones.

I don't know if special cleaning stuff would have made a difference, But they are indeed scratched up.

Conveniently, I don't care and can still see through them just fine. But still, I wanted to correct the suggestion that my "method" leaves perfect windows.
It's the paper towels.... Microfiber is your friend, in regards to windows and paint....
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It's the paper towels.... Microfiber is your friend, in regards to windows and paint....
Dammit though, I'm LAZY.

Well not really. I'll give the microfiber a go, thanks.
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microfiber for sure and stay away from the squeegee. take my word on that
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I'll catch heat for this but . . . .

I just clean my windows with a damp paper towel. I've been doing it for eight months and they all look fine. Super simple, takes little to no prep (obviously) and just goes straight in the trash when I'm done. Perfect.

As for the top, I keep meaning to pick up some of the special cleaner, but haven't done so yet. Just been using a hose.
Never, never use paper towels on your plastic windows. Paper towels are VERY abrasive and they WILL scratch the plastic windows.

I also do not use Windex or any other window cleaner. I use, a clean, soft, cotton cloth with plain water. Less abrasion if you hose them off first, then use the wet cloth.

After they are dry, I use Pledge Furniture Polish, inside and out. Helps keep the dust and dirt from sticking.

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+1 for Pledge. Sounds funny, but I detail my bike with it and it seems to clean everything on it. The only times I've run my JKU dirty I've stopped at the local quick-wash and cleaned it that way. By the time I get home its dry so - in the garage and I'm done with the cleaning maintenance. Even though I bought it new, I haven't ever thought to keep it looking "showroom" since it left the lot - it's a Jeep!
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Bestop has a cleaner and protectant for your soft top. Always make sure that you spray the grit and grime off of the windows before applying any cleaners. Do not use a commercial glass cleaner or anything containing amonia as it will cause your windows to yellow. Never use paper towels as they can scratch. Either use a chamois or microfiber towel to wipe them.
I did not know that window cleaner would yellow the plastic windows so I guess you learn something every day thanks JD
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plexico works good on the windows and bestop protectant makes the top look better than new bestop protectant can be used on all the other vinyl parts
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Just make sure any chemicals/cleaners are designed for use on vinyl. Glass window cleaners are not.

Always use a soft cloth.

Mild soapy water works great. A little bit of liquid dish soap is fine.

Things like pledge or novus, or any number of things like that are NOT cleaners. They may be useful, but they don't clean. They either polish, or just fill in the little scratches. They should be used in addition to cleaning, and like anything you sand or grind, you shouldn't polish anything as often as you clean it.

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1) The best is soap and water and a wet mitt, then rinse, then dry with a soft clean cloth or chamois.
2) Pledge, or any product designed for plastic or plexiglass, such as Plexus or other motorcycle multisurface cleaners. Just be sure to use a clean soft cloth to apply and wipe off. Micro cloths are good as long as they are the thicker type and are clean.
3) A wet chamois for light dirt and bug grime is good too. Wipe the soaking chamois over the dirty window, then let the water penetrate the dirt for a few seconds, then wipe dry with the wrung out (nearly dry) chamois.
4) In cold weather, when temps freezing, try to limit cleaning to heated self serve car washes. Spray with soapy water, not too close with the high pressure, wipe with wet soapy wet mitt, then rinse, then dry with clean dry cloth or chamois.
5) In all cases if you finish with a layering and a buffing with a plastic treating product (Pledge, Plexus etc.), your windows will stay clean longer and last longer and be easier to clean.

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