Not cold, not hot, but warm water, and lots of it always fixed my plastic windows on another vehicle I owned (Tracker). It's quick and easy. However if it is really, really cold then you might end up with ice all over the side of the jeep. I toss warm on the windshield too.
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I've always heard that hotter water freezes faster than cold water. If it's really cold outside, any temp. water will freeze, so I wouldn't throw any water on it. I have a remote starter. I just hit that magical button about fifteen minutes before I have to leave and it's all warmed up and thawed out when I leave.
I do know that I put rain-x on the side windows of my old 05 TJ, and I swear it caused the windows to "fog" over.
I know I won't be putting it on my "new" 06. But I also have a hardtop now, so I won't really need to worry about it.
im not sure if rain x has it in it, but your not supposed to put anything with ammonia on the plastic windows(thats why your not supposed to use windex) as it will take away their luster. i have heared though that your not supposed to drive with the windows iced over(frost probbably isnt a big deal) due to the flapping in the wind, wich can crack the windows, wether thats true or not i dont know. however, when you run the air at full blast with the windows up it blows them out and ive noticed they flap very little if at all, so if the last statement were true, that could take away the chance of cracking the windows
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I wouldn't put anything on the plastic... Based on some experience with similar material on boats, I know Rain-X is not recommended there - I bet it translates to the Jeep as well. let her warm up! And use both those side-view mirrors.
I agree. The material is so sensitive to cleaning supplies that are designed for the plastic windows that anything like Rain-X or spray de-icer would be, IMHO, a bad idea. Just go with the car's heater, and if you're in a real rush, go with a hair dryer. You could always remove the rear window, keep it inside and reinstall it every morning. That way, at least your rear would be clear... (probably takes about the same amount of time as it would to scrape clear anyways...)
This will be my first Fall/Winter, with the JK. With my previous Wrangler (YJ), which I drove year round, I'd re-install the hardtop on October 1st. I did not get the hardtop, this time, so this morning was my first experience with frost on the plastic windows. What have you guys/gals done to deal with this. Running the heat, in the Jeep, eventually melted the light frost, but I am concerned more about heavy frost, ice, or freezing rain. I have heard that Rain-X is excellent, to reduce scrapping effort on glass windows. I wonder if it will have a similar effect, with wiping frost off of plastic windows? Is Rain-X even safe for use on plastic?
I wax my windows - it really helps. I use original Pledge - keeps the windows looking great, fills in minor scratches and it allows the moisture to roll-off quickly.
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Just crank up the heater and use your side mirrors for 3-4 minutes, after that it'll be so hot you'll be turning down the heat and putting the fan on the lowest setting. I got my 4dr w/soft top in Feb. and I get up for work just in time to get there ... no warming it up, just get in and go and it's pretty cold at 6:30am here in PA.
I'm pretty sure, at least in PA, that it is illegal to drive with snow/ice on your roof so once the Jeep warms up I just give the top alittle tap at 30-40 mph and it flies right off ... just make sure nobdy is behind you, that's what they are trying to avoid. I'm sure everybody here has been behind a big truck when a big chunk off ice flew off the top and smashed on the road in front of you.
If you live in an area where the weather gets that bad and you don't have the time to let your Jeep warm up, then buy a cab cover for you Jeep and use it in the winter. It is made to cover your Jeep cab when your top is removed, but I have a friend who uses it in the winter too, when his top is on. He simply pulls it off and he is ready to go. He throws it on his back porch out of the weather while he is gone for the day, and puts it back on when he gets home.