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Old 02-17-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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How do I get red mud out of my soft top?

So, I made the mistake of not washing red mud off of my soft top..for three months. I scrubbed it pretty good for the first time, Sunday, but it will NOT come out.

I contacted Geoff and he recommended that I contact Lee Anne at Bestop, and she recommended scrubbing with a soft brush and good soap, which I've tried already.

Any miracle cures for this damn mud?

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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I use this stuff called Blue Magic convertible / soft top cleaner and protector and it works great on getting out stains. I purchased the stuff at Pepboys. You can give it a try. It's fairly inexpensive.

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I am sure your top is black so others will have to chime in. I have a white top and I made the mistake of leaving mud on it on for a day, which stained it. I have to wash it ASAP whenever it gets muddy.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:18 PM   #5
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That awesome stuff works good for most things, I can attest to that but I would be worried about ruining the color on the top. That stuff will eat off the chrome on plastic in 5 minutes. I found out when using it on one of my RC cars.
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I don't know about your red mud but the red clay we have here is permanent. I haven't found anything that will remove it yet.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:48 PM   #7
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I don't know about your red mud but the red clay we have here is permanent. I haven't found anything that will remove it yet.
The Okie red dirt/mud is the same. My favorite t-shirt got spattered with it one time offroading. From then on it had permanent red dots all over.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:02 PM   #8
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Kitchen matches will get red dirt off. If it's wet you might have to put some lighter fluid on it.
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I don't know about your red mud but the red clay we have here is permanent. I haven't found anything that will remove it yet.

Mike: Whoa, what happened to you? Did you fall into some mud or something?Steve: Yeah, I did. And now I'm gonna be famous because I'm the only one in the world who knows where you can find white mud.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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Ive heard good things about simple green. personally I used convertible top cleaner by , Mcsomethings. I can go look if you reallly want. then I used a bunch of it, put my hand behind the top and used a long threaded rough brush. like it has the plastic thistle things about 2 inches long but fairly stiff brush. and scrub hardish and in several directions. took mud straight out. it was on there since summer ( so like 8 months!) stil have interior, seats, and top inside of soft top to clean... hahaha. Im messy :l
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:40 PM   #12
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I am sure your top is black so others will have to chime in. I have a white top and I made the mistake of leaving mud on it on for a day, which stained it. I have to wash it ASAP whenever it gets muddy.
Tan, unfortunately =\

I'm going to try the Simple Green I believe
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:08 PM   #13
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I let mud sit on my soft top for about 3 or 4 days, and then I used "Tough Stuff" and it worked like a charm. You're gonna want to get a brush of some sort, but you just spray it on, let the foam sit for a sec, then scrub...I did my whole top in about 30 minutes and it looked like new when I was done.
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Personally, I would give it a good soaking with Simple Green and after giving it a good brushing, drive to the local coin op car wash and use the high pressure soapy water sprayer on it. The high pressure sprayer is pretty effective at removing embedded dirt.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:24 PM   #15
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Simple Green works good, just get a brush and scrub the sh%t out of it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:52 AM   #16
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Try some Bestop Cleaner. Use a firm bristle brush or hard toothbrush. Make sure top is heated up some by direct sun or some kind of lamp. I had cow sh&t on my top, thrown up by the tires. Just could not get the stains out using the standard methods and products. The Bestop stuff got rid of nearly all of it, but there's still faint remnants that will never come out.
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I know this is an old thread but an ongoing problem, I tried cleaning my top today that had some mud stains, it was warm out and started out with soap, then some degreaser followed by the bestop cleaner, I left it on there for a little while and used a pretty coarse plastic brush and it looked like it was working but after I dried it the top almost looks worse now...


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Did you try the method suggested above in post #14?
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #19
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I heard the tears of jeepers mixed with simple green in a 1:1 ratio, in warm water takes it right out.
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Lol, I'll try the simple green and car wash method tomorrow.
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Make sure you get the tears in there at the right ratio or it won't work. Trust me.
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Laundry soap and a soft brush or bug sponge

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& for 2 cents more from a man who has seen a puddle or two I'd find a next to trashed top for those mud excursions. Used tops can be picked up for cheap & provide a bit of protection without the worry trashing your DD top
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #24
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That and go wash it and not let it sit...oh we'll i won't mke that mistake again

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