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08-07-2014 03:50 PM
Algiers These are some excellent ideas for cleaning. Thanks all.
07-30-2014 02:30 PM
Bellebuddy1 In my case, black is not a color but an occupation!!
07-29-2014 01:01 PM
shaohaeyu Great tips, thanks!
07-27-2014 05:01 PM
abchbum great write up and details. will use this info.
07-24-2014 02:17 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by JeepFan95 View Post
Thanks for the recommendation Star! This was one that I was looking at.
At your service!
07-24-2014 12:43 PM
JeepFan95
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post
We have one like this and really like it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-...=Car+wash+mitt
Thanks for the recommendation Star! This was one that I was looking at.
07-24-2014 12:15 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by JeepFan95 View Post
Great thread! Any recommendations for a good quality wash mitt?
We have one like this and really like it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-...=Car+wash+mitt
07-23-2014 05:04 PM
JeepFan95 Great thread! Any recommendations for a good quality wash mitt?
07-19-2014 01:36 PM
RacecarBMW Is doing this process 1-2 a year good enough?

For regular washing just use car wash soap and then dry it?

How often do you guys do this?

I usually clean my cars once a month and detail them twice a year.
07-12-2014 08:50 PM
Sportybiker89 Thanks very informative especially on the products to use
07-10-2014 07:14 PM
Mad Mac Lemon Pledge can be used to restore faded black plastic.

Bar Keepers Friend worked well to remove some mystery stains on a used motorcycle I bought that had been vandalized. I think it was dried egg.
07-04-2014 10:45 AM
hypoxic1911 My newest trick: if you have a good coat of wax ( I use nu finish). The last step after rinsing off the soap is breaking out the leaf blower! Water rolls right off, And I use half the amount of microfiber towels to dry it off. Spotless. Of course, you appear slightly insane to the neighbors.
07-04-2014 10:36 AM
Barmanvarn
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Originally Posted by NixRig View Post
I know this thread is old BUT... WD-40 on the plastic fenders ? I am the proud new owner of a 2014 unlimited and was wondering how to keep plastic fenders looking nice and new .I have had mixed experience with armerall so that's the main reason for my question ...Thanks
I use a spray from Home Depot called greased lightning. Takes away all the mud stains.
07-04-2014 10:01 AM
NixRig I know this thread is old BUT... WD-40 on the plastic fenders ? I am the proud new owner of a 2014 unlimited and was wondering how to keep plastic fenders looking nice and new .I have had mixed experience with armerall so that's the main reason for my question ...Thanks
07-02-2014 08:14 PM
Todd Phooz
07-02-2014 07:45 PM
Barmanvarn
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Originally Posted by MrJP57 View Post
Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
Im on my 3rd year of ownership and find that I get less and less worried about water.

In the beginning I'd put the top up, windows in, and doors on.

Now all I do, if anything, is just put the top up. I use a bucket of soapy water and a wash mitt to wipe off the rig and then spray it off with very low pressure water when I'm around the door openings or the tub. Inside may get a few drops in it but nothing major.
07-02-2014 07:01 PM
thedawgshow Love this thread!!!
05-27-2014 11:57 AM
Gen.Purpose2013
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Originally Posted by MrJP57 View Post
I always start cleaning the undercarriage, wheels, and wheel wells. Then I start over with clean cloths and cleaner. I find if I wait to do the wheels last, I splatter junk all over my clean ride. Other than that, great write-up.

I'm new to the Wranglers though. Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
i took off all the carpets on my jeep as i do some water fording & never ride with my back seat.

i cover up my seats up front with heavy duty black thrash bag & take off all the plugs & power spray everything point and shoot & watch everything go down the drain.

there is a catch, you have to take off your front seats every now and again for full detail as they will rust if not taken off.
03-17-2014 05:36 PM
Steadybig I always start with a bucket then wash the bottom half. then get a new bucket to wash the top. The bottom half t of the jeep has all the grime on it that I dont want to ruin the rest of the jeep
03-04-2014 08:01 PM
MrJP57 I always start cleaning the undercarriage, wheels, and wheel wells. Then I start over with clean cloths and cleaner. I find if I wait to do the wheels last, I splatter junk all over my clean ride. Other than that, great write-up.

I'm new to the Wranglers though. Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
02-04-2014 07:17 PM
BILLET SILVER
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Originally Posted by 05tjorange View Post
How much do you need to dilute Simple Green, so that it's safe on painted surfaces? I would like to use it on my tires and wheels. My wheels are aluminum with a black finish and I don't want to mess them up or stain them.

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80% water 20% SG, SG is caustic to aluminum, don't let it sit on anything aluminum very long. Just my experience.
02-03-2014 10:08 PM
Jancie
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Originally Posted by ChasUGC View Post
^x2. That Armor-All ruined my plastic fenders, and started ruining the rest of my plastic too. I now use WD-40 and wipe off the excess, leaving a slight sheen. When the WD-40 evaporates, my plastic mirrors look true black now and healthy. I don't even have to use it regularly anymore after a car wash. I use it on my repainted fenders too. I only use Armor-All on my tires.
I took your suggestion but instead used the WD40 on the wash stall walls at the barn which are painted black. Of course you have the harsh water stains, etc. showing up and it was driving me crazy. So I washed them down with lots of labor and pinesol. Rinsed well and used a spray bottle and sprayed the walls down with WD40. I let that sit for about 15 minutes and then wiped off the excess. The horse clients are happy as clams to finally see the walls look good again. Oh....and my boss was very impressed thanks to you!

I figure I might have to put a maintenance coat on them once a month but 4 wash stalls and I only need 2 gallons of WD40 so that isn't too bad considering the size of these walls.
02-01-2014 11:24 PM
Rouxbicon
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Originally Posted by bcsnave View Post
Any recommendations for keeping the undercarriage clean ...I am worried about SALT in the Wisconsin Winters.


If anyone has any suggestions for a brand new Wrangler rust proofing..please let me know what works good.


Thanks
I know this is an old post but you can use salt away. I used it for 7 years on my boat trailer and engine that was only used in salt water. Kept my steel trailer from rotting.
01-09-2014 02:22 PM
05tjorange How much do you need to dilute Simple Green, so that it's safe on painted surfaces? I would like to use it on my tires and wheels. My wheels are aluminum with a black finish and I don't want to mess them up or stain them.

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11-29-2013 10:37 PM
ChasUGC
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Originally Posted by Spaste19 View Post
I am a bit messy with my wax job. I end up getting it on the back bumper and fenders. Anyone have something that takes the wax off black easily?
Have you tried WD-40?
11-29-2013 10:34 PM
ChasUGC
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Originally Posted by kneeman View Post
Every time I use Armor All on exterior black plastic it starts to turn faded and light black a lot quicker than if I used nothing.

I have some work vehicles I experimented on. Some we just wash and some we use Armor All on, after a year the ones we just wash look new and the others look worse.

They aren't Jeeps so maybe that makes a big difference or maybe not. The last Honda I had actually had instructions that said modern plastics used these days do not require dressing, that was a long time ago. Maybe things are different or Jeeps are different. Just telling my experience.
^x2. That Armor-All ruined my plastic fenders, and started ruining the rest of my plastic too. I now use WD-40 and wipe off the excess, leaving a slight sheen. When the WD-40 evaporates, my plastic mirrors look true black now and healthy. I don't even have to use it regularly anymore after a car wash. I use it on my repainted fenders too. I only use Armor-All on my tires.
10-18-2013 10:19 PM
mcelopez A cheap electric pressure washer makes cleaning a whole lot faster. You local hardware shop has them for about $100. The first thing to do is clean the undercarriage. Remove all foreign objects and then move to cleaning. Use the write up above for a detail job. Great write up!
08-25-2013 08:37 PM
SumosJeep Awesome tips friend! I will use your write up for my next wash and detail!
08-10-2013 09:13 PM
cosmokramer
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Originally Posted by LoriLu View Post
What can I use on the black plastic (?) fenders and bumpers to keep them from looking like they're oxidized?
Use mothers back to black for automotive black moulding. If it is already faded, get a blow heater (looks like a hair dryer) and it will make old faded black plastic look new. You tube it.
08-10-2013 08:53 PM
LoriLu What can I use on the black plastic (?) fenders and bumpers to keep them from looking like they're oxidized?
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