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Old 04-22-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Soft top through automatic car wash?

I believe this was asked here before but couldn't find the old thread....so can I take my sahara 4dr with sunrider softtop through auto car wash?? has anyone done so?

Also, i've seen a few different auto car washes at gas stations. one is traditional cloth wash, and there's also a "touchless" wash, which it only sprays on your car without physically touching it. thought this one might be better for soft tops.

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Old 04-22-2009, 07:42 AM   #2
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Oh you can bring it through but it will leak at some point, I brought my '08 in for the first wash not a drop intruded, the 2nd time I brought it through, I could tell you a strong stream came in at the left "A" pillar area, poured in.
I count myself lucky that it hasn't leaked during a rain storm. This is the only problem I see with Jeep, how long have they made them, how long have they leaked. Should be a sure fire fix by now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh you can bring it through but it will leak at some point, I brought my '08 in for the first wash not a drop intruded, the 2nd time I brought it through, I could tell you a strong stream came in at the left "A" pillar area, poured in.
I count myself lucky that it hasn't leaked during a rain storm. This is the only problem I see with Jeep, how long have they made them, how long have they leaked. Should be a sure fire fix by now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
don't understand...how come it leaks during the car wash if it never leaks during a rain storm?
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I have taken my '07 X thru many touchless car washes. The jets spray a little harder and I get some dribbling in the back but other then that it holds up just fine!
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A member on another of my forums owns a car wash. He advises against it. Not because of the brushes, or jets, but because of the different types of alchaloids(sp) and chemicals used in the various soaps, etc... They aren't good on the soft window plastic.
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A member on another of my forums owns a car wash. He advises against it. Not because of the brushes, or jets, but because of the different types of alchaloids(sp) and chemicals used in the various soaps, etc... They aren't good on the soft window plastic.
In the manual it says no because you may get wax buildup. Are there places where you can just pay and use the water hose? that might be good for summer time.
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Are there places where you can just pay and use the water hose? that might be good for summer time.
Yeah... My driveway. I pay the City of Paris every month on the 11th approx $55 to do just that.













Along with laundry, dishwater, drinking water, sprinklers, bathwater, and trash pick-up.
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Yeah... My driveway. I pay the City of Paris every month on the 11th approx $55 to do just that.













Along with laundry, dishwater, drinking water, sprinklers, bathwater, and trash pick-up.

lol, not a very bad deal
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:06 AM   #9
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I dunno, I always maintain & wash my own vehicles --- always have and always will.

For washing, I use good quality carwashing soap (Gold Class Meguiars) & proetective microfiber washmitts and cloths.

The reason why you have leaks from an automated carwash is that you have 100+PSI jets on angles and surface areas that simply I cannot say were tested and fully designed for the soft tops. (also probably depends greatly on the precise installation and attention to detail with regards to sealing) --- Hard tops should take the pressure and water IMHO and should be completely engineered to do so from the factory.

In any case, I prefer to wash my own vehicles as I can guarantee the quality of the work and the thoroughness. It also keeps me keenly aware of any intimate problems and/or new issues with the exterior....something you wouldn't ever notice unless you were doing the work yourself.
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I do most my washing at home in the driveway. After trips to the lease or fishing sometimes, I do have to hit the high pressure sprayer at the car wash to get the heavy mud. I never have used the automatic washes with my soft top though. Even before I found out it's corrosive to the windows.
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I thought jeeps weren't suppose to be washed... Isn't that why everyone buys them?

I do the washing in the yard. Wax it every other month to protect the paint. Black is too hard to keep perfectly clean so all that I care about is preventing the rust in years to come.
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...And to the OP, I would not take any vehicle through an auto-car wash. It does more harm than good. I enjoy being outside and messing with my vehicles so this is just another excuse for a cool beverage on a nice day looking at your machine.
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...And to the OP, I would not take any vehicle through an auto-car wash. It does more harm than good. I enjoy being outside and messing with my vehicles so this is just another excuse for a cool beverage on a nice day looking at your machine.




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No auto wash period. Worst case in the winter I go to a car wash with the wand thingy so I can desalt my baby otherwise a nice summer day, plenty of cold beer and the garden hose!
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No auto wash period. Worst case in the winter I go to a car wash with the wand thingy so I can desalt my baby otherwise a nice summer day, plenty of cold beer and the garden hose!
Hey you forgot the hot girl in the bikini washing it while you drink the beer..... I love my girlfriend lol!!!!!!
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^ Hah. Yep. Use the self-wash option. Auto-washes use very high-pressure hoses, and may have nasty cleaning agents that can damage the plastic windows, as stated above.

Wash it at home, by hand, whenever you feel the urge. That's the best way to know what kind of crap is getting on your rig. Use high-quality washes (Meguiar's, Mothers being the two best that are handily available. Give her a wax every now and then to protect the paint. Otherwise, use a carwash "wand" to get off caked-on mud if you must, but NEVER an automatic wash- Mark W.
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Hey you forgot the hot girl in the bikini washing it while you drink the beer..... I love my girlfriend lol!!!!!!
Yeah, that would be my hubby's fantasy too.
I am the 'hot old lady' no bikini, I usually wash in my muckin boots and anyone of my hubby's favorite t-shirts (so I don't ruin mine )
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This may be a tad off topic,do not use back to black on your soft top. While it restores it and looks great it will permanently stain your windows.
I cannot get the stains out of my new tinted windows that I paid close to $300 for.
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I use the Back to Black on my fenders, bumpers and soft top...I'm just careful with it. It works great and keeps my jeep looking hot!
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It does not matter how careful you are with it, I was careful to but look at your windows after a rainstorm. The stuff runs down all over your paint and windows.
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Never trust the carwash. That's why we have hoses and driveways. I would never want to geuss what chemicles may come out of those carwash wands. Could be a funky blend of things when the person refilling the chemicals tops the tanks off with what ever product is handy.
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I know this is from like, a year ago, but I have a question in regards to getting mud out of the top of the soft top. Basically my question is, how do you get mud out of the top of a soft top if you don't go through a car wash? I've hand washed it twice in the self-wash thing at Mike's and can't get the mud spots on the top to go away.
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I have gone throught the automatic just because my kids think its hilarious to get soaked by the way it leaks in everywhere..its a jeep they leak its what they do..but usually handwash it. its drying it completely off that is the key to keeping black looking good
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black is one of the hardest colors to paint as well. So many little flaws will stand out that white would normally hide. We've found RACEGLAZE (polishing compound) to be amaizing on Black. Such a luster and shine it looks like you could reach right into it!
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This is one of the reasons I got the dual tops. I would never take my soft top through a car wash. I don't mind washing it myself at home in the driveway. It always comes out cleaner that way, anyway. BUT.....for those of us that live in New England, handwashing is not an option in the winter. There's no way you can wash your car in the driveway when it's 5 degrees outside with a 30 mile per hour wind. Even if you could keep from getting frostbite, the water would freeze right on your vehicle.

They use so much sand and salt on the roads here, you need to run your car through a car wash periodically to rinse that stuff off. That stuff will rot you Jeep away before your eyes. With the hard top, a car wash shouldn't be a problem.
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The OP lives in Canada......there's no way he's gonna wash his car outside in January! Most of the people suggesting that he do his own washing live in the south. Big difference.

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