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Old 12-24-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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I'd like to wash it SOMETIME!

It's winter in New England, and my 08 unlimited X with soft top is very salty and sandy. I don't have a heated garage to wash it myself...How do you all clean it in the winter? I'm most concerned about the soft top/plastic windows, and don't really like the idea of taking it through a carwash...or is it ok to do that?

I don't mind a little dirt, it's the road salt I want to clean off the body, undercarriage and wheels. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 12-24-2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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usually in the winter i just rinse all the road salt off with a hose, but that is because it will collect more right when i get back on the road.
If you really wanted to wash it with soap and all, make sure you rinse all the sand/salt off as best as you can before you start to scrub so you dont scratch the windows.
they say dont take a soft top through a car wash, but i have heard because it just leaks into the cab easier.
i say just rinse off with water...just to prevent rust and scratches on the windows. not much else you can do in the winter...

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Old 12-24-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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I usually just give it a quick salt blast in the car wash. Put some armor all on a rag and wipe the door/window seals to keep them from freezing shut. Dunno about the plastic windows in a soft top though. Think the directions say for a mild soap & water wash.
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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If I may gove some advice...NEVER use Armor All!!! Not just talking out my azz here, I own a detailing business and know and understand and have seen many times what armor all does the rubber/plastic...
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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I have well water which comes out of the ground, I'm guessing, at about high 40's, low 50's. I'm in Massachusetts. I usually wait for a day above freezing and wash the road salt off of it. I first hit it with a high pressure stream trying to knock off all of the surface dirt possible. Then with one of those micro-fiber mitts, with soap and water, give it the once over section by section rinsing each section. I find that keeping the wheels clean during this type of wash down makes it easy to keep it looking nice. I have a couple of brushes that help to get to the inside of the wheel around the brake calipers.

If I still had my soft top on, I would wash it with just the soap and water that I wash the jeep with. With the water and air temp above freezing, all should be OK with the plastic windows.
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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My plastics windows are already pretty scratched, and I don't mind mud or dirt on jeep. But the salt needs to go, so I just make sure the top is pretty secure and run it through the car wash.
Twice so far and no leaks, when I come out I wipe it down, especially inside the door jambs and seals. I have had no problems with the doors freezing shut.
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I'm just gonna give it a good rinse with the powerwasher every few weeks when its warm enough. Salt all over and thank you Chrysler for finishing the underside of these Jeeps. After the end of my first winter I started to see rust all over the underside of the Jeep - the driveshafts look like they were installed just bare metal with the amount of rust I see. I was going to get the frame undercoated but I was told to just leave it alone since it has already started to rust it will only make it worse to mess with it...so keeping the salt off it is about the best I can do for it apparently.
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A well fitted top can be washed in the car wash. It's usually the doors that'll get you all wet. Make sure they're tight.

They make special detergents and treatments for your top and for the windows. And by "Them" I guess I mean us. Buy it from Bestop. It works great. But so does mild soap and water. Windows obviously will scratch, so a soft towel is your best bet. Just be nice to them. Jerry Bransford has 12 year old windows on his frequently-abused Jeep. Which makes him a crappy customer, but testament to the fact that a little cleaning is all you need.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:05 AM   #11
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Try a no touch car wash. That's what I use.

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