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Old 05-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Cleaning questions

So, I've tried searching the forum but I'm not coming up with any answers. Since I am more than certain this isn't the first time someone is asking (I'm pretty much laughing at even saying that) I'm assuming my phone or myself...or both are just inept at searching properly. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone would like to give....and ur probably on autopilot with these answers since us new to the game folks ask everytime

Had the best weekend ever...meaning my girl is DIRTY! She's hit some mud and trails plenty already, but this weekend I went hard. Top off, eating mud, deep trenches, break some fenders, ride on one tire, hit a tree, catch air, throw off alignment, still have red ga clay in finger nails, got badges like a seasoned girl scout....hard-like I said best time ever!

Now I've hit her with a PW, I've hit her with a soap/degreaser concoction, I've hit her with a brush and reg soap, and agian with the PW. I've gotten under the hood and undercarriage. I've been playin "find the mud" a bit so far (challenging game...kinda fun too). I've done some wiping down on the inside. Luckily I made a "mud flap" for my stereo outta a lawn bag, electrical tape and duct tape, worked like a charm...not a spec on that touch screen.

So now I'm ready to do the real cleaning.

I have red ga clay on the interior of the soft top. Any tricks on cleaning that?

Red ga clay on roll bar covers...tricks?
....interior hard parts?
....seat belts?
(Everywhere, lol. But those are specific areas I want to clean)

Also...tricks of the trade?
Pam on undercarriage before u go out, does that work well?
I've read/heard I need to grease stuff now....what, where, how....help!?
I've also read people drill holes to help allow mud and water to come out during cleaning to prevent rust. Where and should I do this?
Any other good advice?

I love this JEEP! I love her covered in mud, but I want to keep her forever...til death do us part. (Sorry hubby, I've got vows with her too and I ain't lettin her go) So I want to do whatever it takes to keep her goin strong. Any advice is more than appriciated, wanted, needed....anything

Thx for reading my longwinded woman talk...guess I coulda just said, "how do I do a good cleanin on this thang" but I'm a girl sooooooo.....

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soft top or any cloth parts simple green 409 and some stuff at lowes or hd called greased lighting its in a orange bottle a fellow jeeper found that it works very well on clay

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drilling holes the only place i knw of is your mirrors
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Westlys Bleche White. ( spelling looks wrong, but that's it, LOL) Works good on under carriage engine compartment. I took my roll bar pads and covers off and washed the covers on delicate in the washing machine. If you really want to get in there, take the seats and carpet out (if you still have carpet) pull the floor plugs, cover your dash(like your garbage bag example) and go to town with the water hose. Take the top off, its easier to clean. Good luck. Ga red clays a booger to clean off.
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Greased lightning for the top. I found on all Interior is its best to let the mud dry for a few days and harden, then take a plastic scrapper and it comes right off. Then using normal cleaning solution.
Anything with texture apply same method but use a soft brush and it gets it close to gone. Use cleaning solution if necessary.
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soft top or any cloth parts simple green 409 and some stuff at lowes or hd called greased lighting its in a orange bottle a fellow jeeper found that it works very well on clay
Thx...I didnt think to pull the simple green out, or greased lightening....i keep well stocked cleaning supplies...we tend to get things dirty around here
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Westlys Bleche White. ( spelling looks wrong, but that's it, LOL) Works good on under carriage engine compartment. I took my roll bar pads and covers off and washed the covers on delicate in the washing machine. If you really want to get in there, take the seats and carpet out (if you still have carpet) pull the floor plugs, cover your dash(like your garbage bag example) and go to town with the water hose. Take the top off, its easier to clean. Good luck. Ga red clays a booger to clean off.
Thx for the tips. ..I figure I got plenty of mudding to do this season, so ill wait to pull it all and hose her down. I do still have carpet, but I wanna replace it with the matting stuff, my mud mats are doin a pretty good job now, so ill prolly do it then. Luckily I have the neoprene seat covers...man those things r awsome, wipe, towel dry, done-even red ga clay. I'm not as interested in it looking showroom clean as I am concerned with longterm care and performance. As soon as the mud comes off, I'm ready to go again (shoot before the mud comes off). So shiny and clean means far less than keepin her in good condition. (Besides, a little mud stain just makes me smile) where do I find bleche white?
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Greased lightning for the top. I found on all Interior is its best to let the mud dry for a few days and harden, then take a plastic scrapper and it comes right off. Then using normal cleaning solution.
Anything with texture apply same method but use a soft brush and it gets it close to gone. Use cleaning solution if necessary.
The plastic scraper thing, r u talking about hard surfaces too? That doesn't leave odd scratches behind? Now the soft brush...ill be using that for sure.
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My top I use a good stiff bristle on fabric part and as far as plastic after wash we use lemon pledge inside and out on windows it is crazy good for them
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Bleche White can USUALLY be found at auto Parts stores......as for the greasing part get a grease gun and look for grease zerks...(spelled funny sounds different) just make sure everything gets "greased" that has a Zerk...not sure of your year Jeep (didn't look) but there should be at least 4 or 5 on the front end/ steering.

Underneath your Jeep anything that "moves" be sure and get the mud/ clay out or you will hear a lot of squeaks later down the road. I spray a silicone lube on a lot of the moving parts under my TJ.....and have no squeaks with 160K+ on the clock, and I wheel it. Moving parts.....clutch pedal assembly, spring perchs, quick disco's, on front axle. Dont forget to look for damage as well....and not a bad idea to "rattle can" scuffed paint underneath...will stop the rust in the long run.

Might check the transfer case linkage also.
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Thx for the tips. ..I figure I got plenty of mudding to do this season, so ill wait to pull it all and hose her down. I do still have carpet, but I wanna replace it with the matting stuff, my mud mats are doin a pretty good job now, so ill prolly do it then. Luckily I have the neoprene seat covers...man those things r awsome, wipe, towel dry, done-even red ga clay. I'm not as interested in it looking showroom clean as I am concerned with longterm care and performance. As soon as the mud comes off, I'm ready to go again (shoot before the mud comes off). So shiny and clean means far less than keepin her in good condition. (Besides, a little mud stain just makes me smile) where do I find bleche white?
Walmart is probably cheapest
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My top I use a good stiff bristle on fabric part and as far as plastic after wash we use lemon pledge inside and out on windows it is crazy good for them
That's on the inside of the top? My top was down given that it was Go Topless Day(so its streaked on the inside, mud stripes)...sometimes I take things seriously..or I just like mud on me and my passengers. I've always used rubbing alcohol on windows, ill have to try the lemon pledge just for kix. Thx
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Bleche White can USUALLY be found at auto Parts stores......as for the greasing part get a grease gun and look for grease zerks...(spelled funny sounds different) just make sure everything gets "greased" that has a Zerk...not sure of your year Jeep (didn't look) but there should be at least 4 or 5 on the front end/ steering.

Underneath your Jeep anything that "moves" be sure and get the mud/ clay out or you will hear a lot of squeaks later down the road. I spray a silicone lube on a lot of the moving parts under my TJ.....and have no squeaks with 160K+ on the clock, and I wheel it. Moving parts.....clutch pedal assembly, spring perchs, quick disco's, on front axle. Dont forget to look for damage as well....and not a bad idea to "rattle can" scuffed paint underneath...will stop the rust in the long run.

Might check the transfer case linkage also.
Def helpful....working on mud removal now, it may take a while. I got her real good this time.
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My top I use a good stiff bristle on fabric part and as far as plastic after wash we use lemon pledge inside and out on windows it is crazy good for them
Lemon pledge, that's interesting. Probably helps with that ole musty Jeep smell too, right?
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If you have bug splats, stickers, oil/tar on Jeep, I have found WD-40 does wonders! It doesn't harm the paint since one of the ingredients is fish oil.
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The plastic scraper thing, r u talking about hard surfaces too? That doesn't leave odd scratches behind? Now the soft brush...ill be using that for sure.
It's a plastic pry bar, to keep from marring surfaces when prying them open. Doubles as a mud scraper.lol
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Well she's almost clean. These tips have been helpful, extremely helpful. Thx so much. Ended up gutting her. It was quite fun. A lot to learn on taking care of her beyond cleaning. Dont know how, but growing up with a brother working on cars and now works in the parts department, I avoided learning anything. With Lego...I want to know everything. So this should be a fun adventure.
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I would say ribbing alc is ok on glass but not plastic in time it will cause dry out n brittleness
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I would say ribbing alc is ok on glass but not plastic in time it will cause dry out n brittleness
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I would say ribbing alc is ok on glass but not plastic in time it will cause dry out n brittleness
Yeah...I wasn't thinking about the plastic when I read and responded to that. Lol...my brain is working on overload, so its gone into saftey and only runs one thing at a time
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Lol lemon works good inside n out even remive fine scratches
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QWhy would you want to remove the scratches??
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Lol lemon works good inside n out even remive fine scratches
Nice! Lemon or lemon pledge. My "plastic" windows are lookin a lil rough. I've got the top down right now, great time to doctor them.

(Fyi, I love this forum, I've gotten a lot of help already and haven't had a chance to meet anyone or ride with them...I'm just a Lego name right now. Big thx to everyone! Means a lot since I have fallen for my JEEP...and my choc lab, my hubby is a lil jealous of both, lol)
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QWhy would you want to remove the scratches??
Lol, badges, scratches. ..I can see that. Oh wait, I can't see a darn thing. ..there are too many scratches, I mean badges. Well, the glow of blue lights I can see behind me, but that's about it, LOL.
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Lemon pledge sorry
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there are "plastic window" cleaners available...I mention this because, IMO they are LESS likely to damage the windows, some will help with the scratches and the really good ones put a "protective coating over the window. That helps eliminate dust and dirt "scratching" them and also makes them easier to clean with water from a hose...again check your auto parts stores.....a lot of people like 303...I have never used it...I use the plastic cleaner type paste after all the "dirt" is off the window before I dry them.
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there are "plastic window" cleaners available...I mention this because, IMO they are LESS likely to damage the windows, some will help with the scratches and the really good ones put a "protective coating over the window. That helps eliminate dust and dirt "scratching" them and also makes them easier to clean with water from a hose...again check your auto parts stores.....a lot of people like 303...I have never used it...I use the plastic cleaner type paste after all the "dirt" is off the window before I dry them.
Thx ill look into that.

She's mostly clean now. I'm ready, beyond ready to get her dirty again!

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