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Old 03-30-2016, 09:49 PM
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Arrow Cleaning Soft Top

Anyone have a good cleaning product for factory soft top? I was told to try a product called Wizards for boat tops but I cannot seam to find I anyplace, even West Marine.

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Aerospace 303 is what I use on the softtop.
I don't use it on the windows though.

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I worked at a jeep dealership for awhile and scrubbed more softops tops than I ever wanted to in my entire life. Our best results were a simple cleaner ( simple green, mean green, toughstuff ) and a lot of scrubbing. The cleaner does not make as much of a difference as the scrubbing does. Get a good scrubber with hard plastic bristles and scrub the heck out of your top. Make sure to avoid the windows and stay away from the velcro.

Theres sadly no magical cleaner just hardwork and multiple scrubs.

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X2, there's no need to pay big $$$ for a special soft top cleaner. A bucket of soapy water made from something like Simple Green (a GREAT cleaner) and a soft bristle brush is all you need. I normally just use the coin-op car wash soapy brush for that job.
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What does everyone use on the windows? Lol I'm afraid to put anything on them because I don't want them to turn out like my old windows where you can't see out of them
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Never, ever, use paper towels on the soft top's vinyl windows, that's the main reason they turn opaque over the years... from the millions of tiny scratches the paper towels (made from wood pulp) leave behind.

Use a soft cloth like an old cotton towel, t-shirt, etc. with warm soapy water after rinsing the windows off so you're not wiping on dirt which will also scratch them.
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Use Meguiar's Plastic Cleaner and Polish to clean up oxidized and lightly scratched windows.

For just regular cleaning, wet cotton or microfiber towels will work.

No Windex, etc.

You should wipe horizontally only.
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Use Simple Green with every wash, need something better, I'll keep looking for wizards.
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I second the 303 cleaner. I use it on my soft tops and am very pleased. Seems to condition and shine them up like new.
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I always had good luck with Murphys Oil Soap. It cleans the dirt off and conditions the material.
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I second the 303 cleaner. I use it on my soft tops and am very pleased. Seems to condition and shine them up like new.
303 Aerospace Protectant is amazing stuff but it's too expensive to be used as the first step of cleaning the top. I'd get it clean and then use the 303 as a UV protectant, it'll make it look like new. I've been using it for 30 years, it even makes a fiberglass boat hull look like new.
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yeah I've seen guys use it on their boats instead of wax. I'm actually going to try it on my powder coated hood louver piece. I waxed it once now it clouds up real fast.. probably shouldn't have waxed it.
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303 Aerospace Protectant is amazing stuff but it's too expensive to be used as the first step of cleaning the top. I'd get it clean and then use the 303 as a UV protectant, it'll make it look like new. I've been using it for 30 years, it even makes a fiberglass boat hull look like new.

Fwiw. I've seen the 303 in Amazon's daily deals recently.
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I've always just used simple green and a stiff brush. The pressure washer. It's always done right by me, I don't try to get the top to shine or anything though.
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303 Aerospace Protectant is amazing stuff but it's too expensive to be used as the first step of cleaning the top. I'd get it clean and then use the 303 as a UV protectant, it'll make it look like new. I've been using it for 30 years, it even makes a fiberglass boat hull look like new.
X2 Keeps it in good condition
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Another fan of aerospace 303. Stuff works wonders on the top
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Simple Green is great for cleaning, but you still want to use some kind of protectant afterwards, such as one of the 303 products. A good protectant will prevent fade and staining, making it easier to clean next time.
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I'm working on it with the simple green again but a little more aggressive.. it's coming clean.. I want to put some 303 on it after I'm done. Thanks for all the input.
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What type of 303 should we buy? I see quite a few different versions of the stuff. Is one better for soft tops?

Also - anyone have any input on the bestop cleaner and protectant?

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I used the 303 cleaner and then the 303 protectant on mine. It's amazing what a difference. Now I just use the cleaner to maintain it.

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