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Old 05-16-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Soft-Top Rear Window/Rain-X?

Hey crew...

Yesterday I had to drive about 90 minutes one-way for a family event. It poured rain most of the drive (no surprise for Indiana residents). I was on the highway and interstate mostly, driving between 55-75 (depending on traffic and weather).

The problem was that I couldn't see out the back window much. I have a soft top, and the rear window was always hard to see through. The rain wouldn't ever run off the window. Even when I stopped to fill up with gas, and wiped the back window clean of dirt, within ten minutes it was back to being hard to see through.

I wouldn't have cared much, except being on the interstate, and dodging semis, I needed to see out the back window.

Any suggestions on how to keep the back window cleaner during rain and bad weather? I know Windex is a no-no for soft Jeep windows, but is there something like Rain-X that would help keep the water off?

Thanks for any info and help!!

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Old 05-16-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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I wouldn't use rain-x, but I hate that stuff anyway. Polish them up well to remove as much cloudiness as you can and use some Plege or Bestop window cleaner/protection on them. It will help water bead up and run off. The problem with Rain-x is that when it starts wearing off (glass anyway) it gets totally smeary and awful and you can't see anything, and nothing we found cut through it to get it off the glass any quicker.

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Old 05-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #3
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IMO I wouldn't use rain-x. I don't know that it would hurt it but not sure. I have had fairly good luck with a very clean window than using the window polish scratch remover stuff. There are like 100 different kinds and the stuff I use is kinda generic and truthfully don't use it on back window anymore since I have a half top. But if I were you would check Best-tops stuff.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:11 AM   #5
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Harley Davidson has a product they recommend for helping the rain bead up on plexiglas windshields. It doesn't smear like rainx and is safe for plastics. Getting back into the rainy season here in FL so I'm gonna try some.
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Bestop 11203-00 - Bestop® Vinyl Window Cleaner 8 oz. - Quadratec

I'm wondering if this might be the best option.
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I actually asked this same question about a year ago and got an overwhelming response to NOT use Rain-X. I ended up using a Mother's Headlight Restorer Kit that came with a mini power-ball, the polish and a microfiber cloth...the difference was night and day. I have applied that polish about once every-other-month since, and it REALLY helps clear my rear soft-top windshield.
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Bestop 11203-00 - Bestop® Vinyl Window Cleaner 8 oz. - Quadratec

I'm wondering if this might be the best option.
I did the online chat on Quadratec, and the guy told me this would not help with the rain/water beading. He suggested the Protectant in the same line, but I told him that the pictures only showed it being used on the top and the flares. He never responded again... so I "hung up."

Kyle - where did you buy the Mother's stuff? I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.
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This is a common problem for motorcycle helmets as well. Rain-X actually does a great job of completely destroying helmet visors.

If a good clean with soap/water doesn't do it for you, then this water repellant works great on all my motocycle visors. I've never tried it on a softtop, but it would work just fine. This is designed specifically for plastics:

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I got the kit at Auto Zone for $20. The polish lasts quite a long time, too. My rear window was in ROUGH shape before I started. I did the treatment on both outside and inside, and it's gotten a LOT better.
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wow, no love for rain-X. i use it on my glass windows and swear by it, works wonders and I have yet to have a problem after a few months.
soft top windows I can understand though.
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Mr. RPM: that's the exact problem. Rainx is designed for glass. I used to use it when I lived in Seattle, on my car's glass windows.

When it comes to vinyl, you should only use chemicals that are designed for vinyl. Vinyl is soft, and lots of harsh chemicals (cleaners/treatments/polish) will destroy the vinyl. You can get glazing and yellowing, or crackling.

There are several options out there, including the one we sell.

Soapy water and a soft cloth are always a good idea too.
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Bumping up an old thread... wondering what the best thing is to put on soft rear windows, to keep ice from building up. We had our first Indiana snow last night, and despite the heat and defrost going full blast, the back window remained covered in ice (from sitting outside in the rain-to-sleet-to-snow.

Any suggestions?

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