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Oldfart 09-15-2009 08:34 PM

Cleaning soft top windows
 
Hey everyone. New to the Wrangler scene. I just purchased a 1998 TJ. I got a new top today and I was wondering what do I clean the plastic windows with? I just don't want to scratch them. If there is a trick I would be greatful.
Thanks:wavey:

litespeed 09-15-2009 08:47 PM

Use the window cleaner that is made for using on car windows that have been tinted.It does not contain ammonia and therefore does not attack the plastic.You can get it at any wally world, o'reilly, autozone etc. It is in a trigger spray bottle like Windex.After applying,rinse with WET soft rag and soft spray of garden hose.

05GT-O.C.D. 09-15-2009 08:51 PM

Clean soapy rag, garden hose, lots of water from the hose while you're whiping and turning your clean rag. The water will help carry away dirt before it gets drug across your windows.

Jerry Bransford 09-15-2009 09:09 PM

Yep never wipe the windows with anything when dry and dirty, that will scratch the heck out of them. Also remember to never (!) use paper towels on them, instead only use a slightly dampened cloth like cotton or terrycloth. Paper towels are made from wood products and their use is probably responsible for 90%+ of all the ruined plastic windows on convertible cars & Jeeps.

SergeantJK 09-15-2009 09:15 PM

Stoner's Invisible Glass is fine for soft top windows. You can typically pick it up at Autozone or Advanced Auto.

Use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching.

VisionJinx 09-15-2009 09:51 PM

the best thing to use is plain ol' soap and water and a rag then you will never have any probs

TheTJRod 09-16-2009 11:18 AM

I found this video yesterday and I had to share it, I have horribly scratched up windows and once I get the drill buffer I will be doing this to my windows.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC848-F_IWY

05GT-O.C.D. 09-16-2009 11:36 AM

Question for Geoff@BesTop - will the above video work w/ the tinted windows as well? I assume the tint is part of the vinyl mix and not 'added' to the finished clear window... correct?

Jerry Bransford 09-16-2009 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackjack (Post 441597)
Use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching.

Nothing any more fancy than an old soft cotton towel is needed. :)

gaddman 09-16-2009 12:02 PM

I've heard in the past that you can use endust on them. Is this true? I would try it out but I've never cleaned mine, so haven't really thought about it.

05GT-O.C.D. 09-16-2009 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 441985)
Nothing any more fancy than an old soft cotton towel is needed. :)

+1 100% cotton is less abrasive than many of the cheap microfiber towels as well.
If you're gonna go microfiber, spend the money to get the good ones and make sure not to put them in your dryer.

NWPATJ 09-16-2009 12:28 PM

This was the same question I was going to ask. Now can you take them to a car wash or is the soap bad for the soft top. I really didn't care about my old top it was beat. I went through an auto and I was afraid my old top was going to blow off. So I know I really shouldn't go through them right or won't it hurt. Because I don't have an outside hose hook-up. Thanks!

TheTJRod 09-16-2009 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 05GT-O.C.D. (Post 441979)
Question for Geoff@BesTop - will the above video work w/ the tinted windows as well? I assume the tint is part of the vinyl mix and not 'added' to the finished clear window... correct?

Funny, I just left a comment on the vid in youtube asking that same question. Though I think it is how you described. That the tint is mixed into it and not a coating. But want the people who did it before to comment before I try, but can't wait to long till I try myself.

Geoff@Bestop 09-16-2009 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zybeon (Post 442033)
Funny, I just left a comment on the vid in youtube asking that same question. Though I think it is how you described. That the tint is mixed into it and not a coating. But want the people who did it before to comment before I try, but can't wait to long till I try myself.

The tint is part of the window, and goes all the way through.

joemd60 09-16-2009 05:59 PM

I also found that no matter how careful you are with the windows, they always seem to scratch.

adkjoe 09-16-2009 06:38 PM

Awesome video I need to do that, my windows are all F'd up. In fact my whole top is, it's tighter on one side than the other, the two straps on the back bar that connect it to the other are both broke, it pisses me off but I don't want to put up $700 for another top, anyone else have issues like that?

TJSportGirl 10-10-2009 05:20 PM

I use a spray that's made specifically for plastic windows. And the directions basically say to use a soft cloth to wipe it clean. But just spray and wipe :D. It's worked for me, and I got it at Elite Auto Glass and my windows look pretty much brand new after I get done

ccrane2299 10-10-2009 06:35 PM

I buff the scratches out of mine with an orbital polisher. I just use ordinary car wax that says "cleaner" on it. The "cleaner" waxes have a little bit of abrasive that polishes out the scratches. Then I just use a good wax over that. When I got my jeep the windows were pretty scratched and now they look new. It takes a long time polishing to get a scratch out with an orbital, but you won't overheat the plastic and burn it. A buffer like in the video would be much faster but could leave swirls or burn marks.


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