Life of a Jeep Soft Top
Jeep soft tops have to be maintained to ensure they will last. They are exposed to the elements 365 days a year. Soft tops take a beating with rain, snow, extreme heat and high winds and dirt. Therefore buying the right products for your Jeep Soft Top will assure you that you will have your Jeep Soft Top for years to come.
Not all Soft Tops are Alike
Soft Tops are made from heavy duty, multi-ply fabric that minimizes noise and increases insulation. These Soft Tops are specifically tailored to fit your jeep with specs directly from Jeep. The Soft Tops are usually made of 4 to 2 ply composite made of a PVC outer layer and a polyester/cotton or cotton sateen, drill or lining fabric. Some have an un-dyed cotton sheeting backing fabric and a butyl rubber inner layer with a dyed polyester/cotton sateen lining fabric. They are constructed with weather-ability, acoustical, tear resistant and water proof materials with the Jeep mentality of durability. Having said all that some companies have been making these Soft Tops for many years and understand the demands and stand behind their product.
Replacing your Soft Top can be costly but it will be even more costly if you choose to go with an off brand for your top. In the long run you will end up having to replace your top a second or third time if you cut corners. Remember that your top is exposed to the elements constantly so you want to have the best made top you can afford. The trusted brands are Bestop, Pavement Ends and Rugged Ridge because they have been creating Soft Tops for Jeep for many years, they stand behind their product and they understand the Jeep lifestyle. They offer the most variety, style and colors, whether you choose a traditional Soft Top, Flip Top Soft Top, Half Top or a Bikini Top these are the only brands to consider.
How to Maintain Your Top
You made a costly investment when you purchased your Soft Top and now you have a commitment to the upkeep. The elements will take care of their part so you have to keep up with the seasons. The appearance of your Jeep has a lot to do with your Soft Top and your windows, so now that you have your new Soft Top you need the cleaning products as well. Included in your Soft Top maintenance are the zippers all around your top, they need to be maintained as well with cleaner and lubricant to ensure functionality and durability. Lets start with the don'ts *Don't use Bleach or Ammonia based household cleaners on your Soft Top or Windows *Don't use Household window cleaner on your Windows *Don't use paper towels on your vinyl windows they will scratch *When wiping the windows wipe left to right or up and down to prevent scratching.
Cleaners and Protectants (Do)
You will need a cleaner and protectant, be very cautious because some of these products will cause your window to fog, crack or yellow. Always use a clean, soft terry cloth or cotton rag when you're cleaning your windows and make sure you wipe and rinse the cleaner thoroughly. Bestop makes an entire line of cleaners and protectants to help you keep your Soft Top and windows in great shape. Bestop offers a Cleaner/Protectant Combo Pack that includes the cleaner, protectant and window polisher that is priced right. You can get all these products separately to meet your needs but you should definitely have all three. Ragg Top and Mothers also offer Cleaners and Protectants and they are trusted products. Finally, Mopar offers a Soft Top zipper cleaner and lubricant that works on all types of plastic and metal zippers. The Mopar Sof Top Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant brushes away dirt and deposits and lubricates the zipper to insure functionality.
You love your Jeep so protect your investment and keep your Soft Top working and looking great for many years to come!