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Old 03-30-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Question Keeping that soft top like new

I recently bought new skins for my jeep due to the original starting to leak through the seams. The old top was about 3 - 4 years old. I don't think the original owner kept it conditioned with any thing. If anything, What can be used to condition the soft top to keep it around longer ?

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Old 03-30-2008, 10:15 AM   #2
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Quadratec sells a best top top maintenance kit that has pretty much all you need. Never use paper towels on the clear plastic, it scratches. Try not to ever put the top up cold, like below 50F, better to leave it down all nite and throw a cover over the bars so you don't get wet ass in the morning. Never use stiff brushes when cleaning the top, they abrade the material. Keep the zippers lubed, Mopar actually sells a small bottle of zipper lube with it's own applicator and brush for like $5 or so. Part number on the bottle I'm holding is 05066440AA. My bottle is about 2-3 years old. The tops on both my 97's were replaced about 5 years ago and still look pretty new though I have not figured out a way to keep the rear side windows from rubbing up against those two brackets and scoring the clear plastic.

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Ditto the above advice to never EVER use paper towels on your plastic windows, they'll eventually scratch plastic windows so badly they'll turn opaque and yellow.

By far, the best soft top product I've ever found is 303 Protectat, aka 303 Aerospace Protectant. That stuff is truly amazing in how it leaves the soft top material looking afterwards. It also includes UV inhibitors to help it withstand the sun. Found in boat and RV stores, it's not cheap but it does a very good job.
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Ditto the above advice to never EVER use paper towels on your plastic windows, they'll eventually scratch plastic windows so badly they'll turn opaque and yellow.

By far, the best soft top product I've ever found is 303 Protectat, aka 303 Aerospace Protectant. That stuff is truly amazing in how it leaves the soft top material looking afterwards. It also includes UV inhibitors to help it withstand the sun. Found in boat and RV stores, it's not cheap but it does a very good job.
Jerry, I stopped using all that stuff, when I put those Pirelli Scorpions on the XJ back in 99. I started using the 303. I scrubbed those Pirelli's, 303'd em and drove them about 55K, they still had a lot of good tread left but the sidewalls were cracking, not the inside side walls but the outside that I used it on. I stopped using all those protectants, they may not cause the same problem on the tops. Now I only use the approved top treatments on stuff. Just my experience.
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I use Armorall origional protectant from Walmart. Works perfect and gets out mudstains that soap can't.
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I bought the Mothers Plastic windows polish and it works Great!!! Until I get them muddy again

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