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.
2000 Wrangler Sport
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.
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
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.
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.