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Old 12-05-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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cleaning Jeep at diy car wash/soft top upkeep

I don't have a hose to spray all the crap off my Jeep and its soft top. I have read that you want to use regular soap and warm water to clean the top and to clean the windows do not use paper towels and stick with vinyl cleaner?

Can I just goto a car wash and use the high pressure soap sprayer to get the majority of dirt/spider webs/crap off the top then rinse and follow up with novus or pledge on the windows applied with an old cotton shirt or shammy?

Also is wd40 safe to put on all the zippers? I just replaced a few panels and it was extremly difficult to get the zippers to cooperate.

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I've found the DIY carwashes work great as long as you don't use their brushes. I also use wd40 on the zippers and they keep them working good.

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Another idea for the zippers... take a candle and rub it on the zippers until you have a fair amount of wax build up on there. Work them back and forth a bit and they will start to work like new AND its a dry product so dust doesn't stick to it.
Though to be fair, its far too much work and I use WD on the side windows and wax on the rear window (where I noticed the buildup much more). Happy trails and don't forget to wash the underbody too!
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Find a can of silicone spray. i had issues with my rear window zipper. Took it to an auto glass shop and the guy there put silicone spray on both parts of the zipper and it's worked perfect since.
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I used silicone spray on anything with zippers when I had my own Auto Upholstery Shop. Silicone is a little bit easier on the fabric (WD40 won't kill it though). Never never ever use Armor All on anything.
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