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Unread 11-09-2007, 07:25 AM   #16
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I took it through a touchless and wouldnt do it again. The force of the water was so strong (and loud) I think it beats and stretches the fabric, which will just lead to more wind noise on road.

The touchless with the hard top was fine to get the road salt off when it's too bitter out to wash by hand.


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Unread 11-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #17
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I had a couple of drips when I went through the touchless automatic, but nothing that wouldn't keep from doing it again.
Me too, I do it once a week... likely isn't too good on the plastic windows... I don't get any of the 'wax options'.
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Unread 11-09-2007, 09:18 AM   #18
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I took my TJ through a full service wash (Brushless) biweekly for 11 years. The top material held up fine and the windows faired quite well.

I live in a condominium and don't have many options. I wouldn't worry unless it is a brush type wash.
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Unread 11-09-2007, 09:24 AM   #19
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most of the touchless I've seen are pretty low pressure, misty type.
I guess I should fine some and take the truck through before I turn it in. Otherwise I'd have to test drive it on the motorcycle, but I don't have rain gear, so...?!
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Unread 11-09-2007, 09:32 AM   #20
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I guess it depends how picky/OC you are.
The only scratches and swirls I want to inflict are from going off road.
I try to keep my JK paint showroom new otherwise and I dont wash it, I detail it.
I guess a true jeeper wouldnt care and would just let the rain wash it. I havent come around yet.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 07:29 AM   #21
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So consensus is touchless is ok for softtop?
I am thinking about running mine through before I put the hardtop on and store the softtop for the winter.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 08:40 AM   #22
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The wife likes her JKU clean, so I take it thorough the local Hydraspray (touchless and very high pressure), The soft top was never an issue, however every time I go through seeing the hood pressed down about an inch or so gives me the pucker factor.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #23
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Bingo on the hood! I have been through the touchless wash several times with my soft top, mainly for the undercarriage wash. No problems at all, until I go through the dryer blast. Makes me cringe to see the hood rippling up and down from the air pressure. The 10th anniversary hood seems much stiffer, so once I have that on, I'll give a report.

Back on topic...zero problems for the soft top with a high pressure touchless wash. At least in my experience.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 08:15 PM   #24
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If you have to, I wouldn't recommend putting the soft-top through a touch less wash with wax. It's probably the exact reason why people complain about never being able to get their old style vinyl soft-tops clean. The dirt is literally baked into the texture of the vinyl under several layers of wax. With my newer style canvas soft top, I avoid getting quality soap on it at home and find just pressure washing it off with water gets mud and fine clay dust off really well. I would never let the super degreaser style detergents at car washes anywhere near my soft-top.
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Unread 11-01-2013, 07:21 AM   #25
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If you have to, I wouldn't recommend putting the soft-top through a touch less wash with wax. It's probably the exact reason why people complain about never being able to get their old style vinyl soft-tops clean. The dirt is literally baked into the texture of the vinyl under several layers of wax. With my newer style canvas soft top, I avoid getting quality soap on it at home and find just pressure washing it off with water gets mud and fine clay dust off really well. I would never let the super degreaser style detergents at car washes anywhere near my soft-top.
Got to disagree here. The wifes JKU is 7 years old and only has the soft top. Been doing the Hydraspray touchless for about 4-5 times a year since we got it, and the soft top is still in great condition, as well as the windows.
Of course after the wash and dry I used 303 on the top and Mopar cleaner on the windows.
Oh by the way I never request the wax. Just the heavy duty wash, spot free rinse and dry
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Unread 11-02-2013, 05:49 PM   #26
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Different dirt I guess. We are bombarded with salt 6 months of the year and then we deal with clay dust in all our mud and sand when the salt is gone. Lucky you
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Unread 11-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #27
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so are there reasonable small electric water heaters a guy can buy to put on the end of a hose and wash by hand in the winter. I'd much rather do that than go to the manual sprayer!

I've been thinking I need to find a touchless automatic around here though too...
I got lucky and my hot water heater is in the garage. Just run a hose from there to wash my vehicles with...
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Unread 11-03-2013, 07:02 AM   #28
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My wife took my TJ through a car wash while I was away on business. When I came home a day early, I thought that I finally caught her with another man.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 08:48 AM   #29
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Car wash yes, car wash with the brushes, NO! May be ok a few times but eventually its gonna bite you!
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Unread 11-03-2013, 09:47 AM   #30
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Soft Tops

I have a '99 Cherokee now, but I used to have a '87 Suzuki Samuraii (miss it) a long time ago with a soft top, and I used to take it through the car wash, there were small leaks sometimes around the zippers or the snaps, if the water spray hit it just right but I didn't care. They probably advise you not to do it, because anything and everything scratches the windows, and they get cloudy eventually. The soap in the car wash clouds up the windows too. As hard as you try, you can't do anything about it. They sell a cleaner for the vinyl windows, I just used glass cleaner after a while, or a chamois, but the tiniest amount of dust or grit will always scratch the windows.

I used to buy replacement canvas or vinyl tops on the aftermarket when the windows would be too far gone every couple of years. To get the snow and ice off without using a brush or ice scraper, and scratching up the windows, I'd just bounce the top a little until it fell off. One night during an ice storm, I was trying to use this same technique, hoping the ice would fall off in a sheet like it usually did, and it was so cold, and the vinyl windows were so frozen, I punched a hole in the window with not too much force. I probably replaced 5 soft tops in 20 years.

I would just look at it as enjoy your jeep, and do what you do, and just plan on replacing the top once in a while.
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