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Old 04-06-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Cleaning The Soft Top

Hat do you guys do when washing to clean your soft top? I don't want to over scrub and do damage to it, but it seems like when I wash the jeep that the soft top never gets clean. It still looks like it has dirt all over it.

Any suggestions?

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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I totally know what you mean. My jeep is super clean but then my softtop will be spots of dirt. Subscribed.

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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Iv been Lookin for something also cause mine always looked dirty untill today. Bought this at Walmart top looks like new again.

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Old 04-06-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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I cleaned one that I got in a trade with resolve carpet and fabric cleaner.

1) Sprayed it down with water
2) wiped most water off
3) sprayed with resolve and let it soak (10 min)
4) scrubbed with large car sponge (gets nice and foamy)
5) rinse with water until all foam gone
6) hang dry
7) go to store and get gf more resolve (step may not be required if significant other cool with you using all of her resolve)

Top looked like **** before, covered in mud and pollen residue. After, it looked brand new and smelled much better. Only costs about $6. Good luck!

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Old 04-07-2012, 01:24 AM   #5
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Auto geek has a great product called Ragg top. It is two parts, cleaner and protectant
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:45 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. That's great info!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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How are the windows holding up to all of these chemicals?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:40 PM   #8
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That's a good point. What do you guys clean your soft top windows with?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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When I bought my Ruby from Select Jeeps, they use Lemon Pledge to clean the windows. Has no harsh stuff in it to hurt the windows. As for washing, I have a extra soft mit that I use with Meguires Carnuba to wash the top and windows.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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When I bought my Ruby from Select Jeeps, they use Lemon Pledge to clean the windows. Has no harsh stuff in it to hurt the windows. As for washing, I have a extra soft mit that I use with Meguires Carnuba to wash the top and windows.
I have read that Pledge will yellow your windows over time and you should avoid it.

I highly recommend Novus plastic cleaning and polishing products.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:40 PM   #11
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For the top itself I original used a convertible top cleaner and gently scrubed then used 303 Protectant. Now I just wash it with a mit like you do the paint then reapply the 303. When I bought my Heep it had a 6 year old Best Top that looked nasty so figured I would have to replace it. After a thorough cleaning and the 303 it literally looked new! I highly recommend the 303, I have used it for years on vehicles, boats and snowmobile seats. It even "wicks" into the seams where the plastic windows overlap the top material. For the windows I use a damp Micro Fiber towel then 303..

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:32 PM   #12
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I have read that Pledge will yellow your windows over time and you should avoid it.

I highly recommend Novus plastic cleaning and polishing products.
Thanks for the info
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:54 PM   #13
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I use the bestop kit, scrubed the top with the cleaner, looks great, also seems to me that the protectant does a nice job .
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For the top itself I original used a convertible top cleaner and gently scrubed then used 303 Protectant. Now I just wash it with a mit like you do the paint then reapply the 303. When I bought my Heep it had a 6 year old Best Top that looked nasty so figured I would have to replace it. After a thorough cleaning and the 303 it literally looked new! I highly recommend the 303, I have used it for years on vehicles, boats and snowmobile seats. It even "wicks" into the seams where the plastic windows overlap the top material. For the windows I use a damp Micro Fiber towel then 303..

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X2 on the 303. I use it on anything plastic (fenders, interior) and on my soft top canvas with a soft bristle brush. I've even cleaned my Jeep body with it. Stuff rocks.

You can get it from Amazon, or at almost any marine supply store.
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Which 303 product do you use? I see a bunch of them! Could you please be more specific?
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303 aerospace protectant, awesome. Above.
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Wash top, put Simple Green in spray bottle, use soft bristle brush,( uh, not on windows) scrub and top will look new again. Some of the best top protector is Turtle Wax Ice. I use it on top and windows.
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Which 303 product do you use? I see a bunch of them! Could you please be more specific?
Once the top is clean use the 303 Aerospace Protectant. Here is a link:
303 Products, Inc.: 303 Aerospace Protectant

303 also has a convertible top cleaner. I have not yet used it (only because I could not find it locally) however if it's as good as their protectant I'm sure it works well..

303 Products, Inc.: Tonneau and Convertible Top Cleaner

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