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Old 07-08-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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What do I use to clean windows on vinyl top?

I'm a new Jeep owner and she's been parked for about 2 years so we are doing deep cleaning and wondered what to use to clean the windows on the vinyl top? I wasn't sure if I should just use Windex or if there was something that would work better.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you are not supposed to use windex on vinyl windows. I always use dishwashing liquid with a cloth diaper. I've been doing that for 4 years and my windows still look good. You could also use an old t-shirt or something instead of a cloth diaper... As long as the cloth is very soft you should be fine, just don't use any cloth that has a gritty or rough texture or it will scratch your windows. Also you will want to dry them after you wash them so they don't spot up.

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Old 07-08-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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^^^^ Yep, mild soap and water works best to keep them nice, and not yellow... Soft cloth, and you're done!
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Use water a little Dawn and you're good to go! Don't even think of using Windex and use a non-abrasive cloth, you'll scratch your windows up. Like mine!
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Dont use paper towels either, they will scratch the plastic.

If they are really dirty try using PLEXUS.
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Definately do not use windex, it'll make em permanently cloudy/foggy. They do make a cleaner for plastic windows but soap and water with a soft sponge works great.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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and i think your supposed to wipe/wash in a left to right/right to left direction.
i just use dish ditergent and it works great
i think its anything with amonia will make the windows cloudy not just windex
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So my step father has a boat that has a ton of these vinyl windows. I just bought a 1990 Wrangler and the first thing he got me was a can of PLEXUS and a pack of microfiber clothes.

Simply spray a little on and then polish with the microfiber clothe. No paper towels and no petroleum based cleaners. I thought it wouldn't work at first but it looks great and it acts like rain-x on the vinyl.

The can is expensive ($20) but it will last you a long long time. Use it on the inside and the outside.
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this is what i use, and they sell polishing cloths too

Novus 7100 - Novus Plastic Polish Kit - Quadratec
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Anything specifically designed for vinyl windows will be fine. But I agree with people - you don't need fancy chemicals. Mild soap/dawn dish soap in warm water, nice soft cloth, and you should be all set.

If you really want fancy chemicals, Bestop sells a Vinyl Window Cleaner, too.

There's a difference between a polisher/buffer and a cleaner. The Novus is a polisher - it might be super useful, but it doesn't specifically "clean" the windows.

I'm not arguing against treating the windows - just saying you usually need to wash them first.

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the novus kit has the cleaner and a 2 polishers for light and heavy scratches and scuffs, i went to the local auto parts store and they had the kit for sale.
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I made mine a slight mess by using windex and paper towels years ago. I now use pledge and a micro fiber cloth. Works well and wish I used it from the beginning.
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the novus kit has the cleaner and a 2 polishers for light and heavy scratches and scuffs, i went to the local auto parts store and they had the kit for sale.
Ahh...I think I missed the part where you said "kit" -- I was just thinking of the polish.

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