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TrueBlueJK 06-26-2013 07:23 AM

What do you guys clean and protect your hardtops with?
 
I know it's painted black, but I want to use something that will keep it looking the way it is for a long time. Anyone use wax or any other similar product on it?

Rtone1583 06-26-2013 07:40 AM

Manual car wash and whatever wax/protectant they put through their system. Haven't seen the top of it in a couple of years but the sides are still looking good and going on 4 years old now.

chopperbobby 06-26-2013 04:21 PM

soap and water. carwash wax

Abnormal-JK 06-26-2013 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by TrueBlueJK (Post 3900565)
Anyone use wax or any other similar product on it?

I used some black paste shoe polish to get rid of trail pin stripes... only did the pin stripes but it worked...

Lil Black JK 06-26-2013 04:48 PM

Uh, raindrops? If it's nice out, the top is hanging from the hoist.

TrueBlueJK 06-26-2013 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Lil Black JK (Post 3902272)
Uh, raindrops? If it's nice out, the top is hanging from the hoist.

New York weather is too unpredictable for that lol

Davidsjeep 06-26-2013 06:36 PM

I don't know what to use, but I do know that the Automatic touch-less carwash is not a good idea. I started finding chips in the paint and needed to use my black touch-up paint pen...

I guess that I do use my Turtle Wax, Spray&Dry carwash wax/polish... So that might help.

I love that stuff, it's super easy to use, and if you get a good drying rag it leaves a really nice finish with no waterspots.

4X4BIKEPED 06-26-2013 08:00 PM

Try a non-wax based polish. (Nu Finish comes to mind). It is easy to apply, and doesn't whiten. Every 6 months or so is sufficient. For the first application, give the top a good cleaning and apply twice. One caveat... keep it off of any rubber.

Oh.. I am assuming that your top is the textured standard top (black) and not the body color gloss version.

And I 2nd what Davidsjeep said. In my experience, auto carwashes beat the heck out of Wranglers.

RoadiJeff 06-27-2013 07:25 AM

How would a touchless car wash do any damage to a Wrangler? I can't see it being any different than washing it manually with a power wand at a DIY car wash, which we've done several times now.

BacaraJKU 06-27-2013 10:44 AM

I wash my jeep as do any other car I have owned. For the Hardtop I use Meguiars Quick Wax spray. Works great and keeps it looking new. About 1 year old right now.

Others have used some Turtle Wax spray product, but assume the Quick Wax is along the same lines. No residue build up or anything.

TrueBlueJK 06-27-2013 10:46 AM

NuFinish sounds like it might do the trick.

WhiskeyMike 06-27-2013 11:12 AM

I am using turtle wax ice liquid. It's great. Easy to put on. I'm using it bumper to bumper on exterior.

kik 06-27-2013 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by WhiskeyMike (Post 3904728)
I am using turtle wax ice liquid. It's great. Easy to put on. I'm using it bumper to bumper on exterior.

I use this also. Works great.

Goldrif 06-27-2013 11:46 AM

Turtle wax brand - "ICE"
great stuff.

http://www.turtlewax.com/detail-ICE%...Wax-42-88.aspx

works on the black plastic fenders very well.

JeeperJake 06-27-2013 12:03 PM

My top is "khaki" and don't need no steeeenking special products.....

I randomly wash with the Turtle wax/soap stuff & hose it off. Drying with leather or microfiber seems to be all it needs to shine nicely.

Big-T 06-27-2013 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by TrueBlueJK (Post 3900565)
I know it's painted black, but I want to use something that will keep it looking the way it is for a long time. Anyone use wax or any other similar product on it?

I have used Turtle waxes " Black Box" for a while now on both of my Black H-D's so thought I would try it on the JK's Hard top, it works amazing. If you havent tryed it, it's worth a go for sure, especialy on Black , Gray and dark colored Auto paint. That classic light swirls in the clear coat from washing, gone! Defiantly reduced the trail pin-stripes on my hard top. Just amazing stuff for Black paint.

DetailGuy 06-27-2013 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Big-T (Post 3904947)
I have used Turtle waxes " Black Box" for a while now on both of my Black H-D's so thought I would try it on the JK's Hard top, it works amazing. If you havent tryed it, it's worth a go for sure, especialy on Black , Gray and dark colored Auto paint. That classic light swirls in the clear coat from washing, gone! Defiantly reduced the trail pin-stripes on my hard top. Just amazing stuff for Black paint.

To each his own but that product is nothing more than a concealer for your paint. The reason that it looks better is because it covers everything that is wrong with the paint (i.e scratches, swirls, chips). It will no doubt look good but it will fade away after a while.

flyinion 06-27-2013 02:07 PM

I use a spray sealant on my top (synthetic wax). Spray on, wipe off, done in 10 minutes 1/2 of which is dragging the step stool around the Jeep.

Old Dogger 06-27-2013 02:08 PM

I never wash mine. The dirt shields my top from the sun, this way it should always look like new, MAYBE.................

Sidebander 06-27-2013 09:01 PM

Turtle Wax Ice Liquid used here


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