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Unread 05-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #1
bword
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very tight soft top?????

Im very new to jeeps and never owned any type of convertable either. So a canvas top to me is like

-On my 95 that I just picked up it has a soft top obviously. Im having a hard time getting all the snaps connected right above the doors right now I have a few on there so its not flapping everywhere. Is there a way to make it a bit looser maybe ??

-Also on the back window one of the zippers is frozen from not being used for maybe a year. Is there a way to loosen em up..wd40 maybe??
-Recommended canvas cleaner? Recommend window cleaners mines pretty hard to see threw?

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Unread 05-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #2
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Park it out in the sunlight on a warm day. The heat will soften it up to stretch it into place.

For the plastic windows, i've found once you get them clean with soap and water, Pledge works great at polishing out plastic windows.
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Unread 05-24-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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http://www.wd40.com/faqs/

I'd avoid the WD40 so near a window. Clear plastics and oil based cleaners don't go well together. You can check with some upholstery/vinyl/shoe repair shops about jammed zippers. Spray zipper lubricants might be the best chance to get it loose.

Are the windows hard to see through because of scratches? pledge will help a tiny bit but the only fix to heavy scratches is replacement. Try to give em a good wash first, and not removed from the vehicle on the ground. You will just be scratching the opposite side (I see this way too much).

I had the same issue on my 93 YJ with the button snaps. Heating up the top is the easiest way. If that doesn't work you can pull the vinyl, just pull it evenly so you don't rip anything.
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Unread 05-24-2010, 09:17 AM   #4
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http://www.wd40.com/faqs/

I'd avoid the WD40 so near a window. Clear plastics and oil based cleaners don't go well together. You can check with some upholstery/vinyl/shoe repair shops about jammed zippers. Spray zipper lubricants might be the best chance to get it loose.

Are the windows hard to see through because of scratches? pledge will help a tiny bit but the only fix to heavy scratches is replacement. Try to give em a good wash first, and not removed from the vehicle on the ground. You will just be scratching the opposite side (I see this way too much).

I had the same issue on my 93 YJ with the button snaps. Heating up the top is the easiest way. If that doesn't work you can pull the vinyl, just pull it evenly so you don't rip anything.
The windows arent really scratched at all just hazy an whatnot ill give that pledge a whirl. Hasnt been really hot yet here in CT but it def will in a few months. I guess having a tight top isnt a bad thing right? Ill prolly try to take the top down in a few days and see how hard it is to put it back up
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Unread 06-01-2010, 01:30 PM   #5
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i just had this problem with the zippers. go to your local automotive store and pick up some silicone spray, spray the zipper and all around it, it should help loosen up the zipper. hope that helps!
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Unread 06-03-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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ive learned I cant fold it down too many times, the stichting is already starting to rip...ahh the joys. But sitting on the sun does def help..I was wondering if theres any kind of chemical treatment to keep it from tearing at the seams??
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