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Old 03-28-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Cleaning soft top

What does everyone use to clean mud stains out of a black soft top?

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Use the high pressure soapy sprayer at your local coin-op car wash. There is no need for fancy (i.e. expensive) soft top cleaners for this simple task. A soft nylon brush may be needed if it's especially bad in spots.

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To piggyback on this, what about cleaning soft windows? I've got a new top and I'm paranoid about scratching the windows. The best idea I've come up with so far is using one of those wool mitts soaked in water/soap to clean it. Haven't tried it out yet.
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To piggyback on this, what about cleaning soft windows? I've got a new top and I'm paranoid about scratching the windows. The best idea I've come up with so far is using one of those wool mitts soaked in water/soap to clean it. Haven't tried it out yet.
That's good to worry about scratching plastic windows since they are very easily scratched. The biggest thing is to never (!) use paper towels to clean them. Paper towels are made from pulverized wood products & will eventually turn them opaque & yellow.

I simply use a hose to rinse as much of the dirt off as I can & then use a soft cloth like an old t-shirt with a bit of soapy water afterward to get them clean. Dry them with another old t-shirt, cotton towel, cloth diaper, etc.
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As mentioned before, soap and water is the best cleaner.
However, I'd also recommend something like 303 Aerospace Protectant or Mother's Back to Black to protect the top. For the windows, a good plastic cleaner (Mother's makes one as well) will clean and protect just like wax on the paint.
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I used an old brush with some soap and water that I use to clean the wheels with. Got the job done no problem. But if it is a new top and you dont want to scratch it then I would shy away from that idea.
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As mentioned before, soap and water is the best cleaner.
However, I'd also recommend something like 303 Aerospace Protectant or Mother's Back to Black to protect the top. For the windows, a good plastic cleaner (Mother's makes one as well) will clean and protect just like wax on the paint.
What is 303 aerospace aka where can I find it in a store
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Hey buddy,
I actually went to Walmart and found cleaner for your softtop whileother auto stores didn't carry it.
Never use Bleach or Detergents. As long as you stick to the trusted products your Jeep Soft Top will be protected.Make sure you thoroughly rinse all residues away to ensure the life of the Soft Top.When cleaning the windows, wipe them left to right or up and down so that you don't scratch the surface. Make sure you rinse the windows thoroughly. Apply Soft Top Protectant, do this in the shade so that the Protectant doesn't dry out allowing you the time you need to spread it around. Apply it in a circular or crisscross motion. When applying the cleaner to the Windows make sure you use a soft terry cloth or a cotton rag & apply the cleaner inside & out.
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303 is some pretty amazing stuff, I even used it to remove some really tough water spots off my boat hull. It left the fiberglass looking new. On a soft top, it cleans & provides a good UV protectant... but it's not cheap. And the only place I have ever found it is in RV supply stores & sometimes boating supply shops.

But I would use something else first to clean the top like the high pressure soapy sprayer at the coiin-op carwash as suggested above. Then I would apply the 303 which will leave your top well protected & looking like new. It is, as said above, some pretty amazing stuff... but it's too expensive to use as a primary/first cleaner.
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I get mine here

Cleaner/Protectant - Cleaning Accessories - Exterior Parts & Car Care - 4WD.com

I've used it to shift mudstains on the softtop that are years old.

Try to avoid driving on dusty trails for a few days after applying though.

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