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Old 12-07-2019, 11:36 AM
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How do you wash your soft top jeep...

I am curious about how people wash their soft top jeep. I don't trust the car washes and I am sure that it would ruin the Windows. Is there a cleaning brush that you use on the top? Do you take it to the self service car wash places? What about cleaning solutions?


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Old 12-07-2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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Self serve & automatic car washes. I haven't noticed any issues with the soft top other than minor leaks.

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Old 12-07-2019, 12:45 PM   #3
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Microfiber cloth or mitt and garden hose with standard car wash solution in my driveway. I have also used self-serve car wash bays to wash it.

I have run my hardtop through the automated washes several times with no issue, but would be concerned about the soft-touch washes and really concerned about the high pressure water of the touch-free systems with the soft top on.

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Back when I had a soft top I would use the self serve car wash without issues. Always use the high pressure wand to rinse off the brush before you use it.
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All I ever use is the high pressure wand at the do it yourself washes.. I don't use soap.. Just the rinse setting. Seems to work OK for me. Gets all the dust and stuff out of the stitches. Every now and then I'll take a kitchen stool along with me to make it easier to reach the roof of the top.

I use the wand on the windows too, but don't touch them with anything else. When I get home, I use a spray bottle with water and a microfiber cloth to wipe them down. Then when dry, I usually give them a coat of Bestop vinyl window cleaner/polish.
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Power washer, foam cannon, rinse, microfiber towel on TT NX.
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Old 12-07-2019, 05:47 PM   #8
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Summertime: driveway with garden hose, microfiber cloth, bucket soapy water
wintertime: self wash car wash rinse only

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Bucket with a small quantity of mild car wash soap and a clean microfiber wash mitt. I pre-treat any really dirty spots or stains.

My 2˘: Equally important and more often overlooked is protecting the top from the environment and UV damage. My Jeep is no longer the daily driver and is garaged when not in use so now I only do a deep clean/protection twice a year using the 303 Aerospace or Chemical Guys soft top cleaning/protectant kits.
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Old 12-09-2019, 12:47 PM
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Thanks. And what do you use for the flares and bumpers to keep them nice and black?
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Old 12-09-2019, 01:11 PM   #11
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For the fenders and bumpers, I use Back to Black, it's easy to use and it stays clean and shiny for several weeks. For the softtop I use water and a horse hair brush followed by Bestop vinyl protectant.

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