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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 02:40 AM
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Soft top question?

My soft top has developed a spot where the rain soaks through, Any suggestions?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2001, 02:51 AM
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Re: Soft top question?

hum.. well maybe you could try that stuff u spray on shoes to keep them water proof i'm not sure of the name but u can buy it at most shoe stores and it works pretty good i'd think.. don't really know, when that happened to me i just bought a new top, but i really needed one...hope this helps

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The top is not that old is only a coupl of years old. I'll look in to that stuff you mentioned I think I know the stuff you mean I can't think of the name of it myself

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Re: Soft top question?

Old campers trick.... drip a little candle wax on the spot.


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Re: Soft top question?

"Scotch Gaurd" by 3M is the name of the stuff I'm thinking of. Otherwise something like a generic "Camp Dry" for canvas tents should work fine. Just spray some on an inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesent bleed the color of the top.

LEVE, would you leave the candle wax on? Or would you peel off the thick stuff and just leave a residue? Interesting idea![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]


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I work the wax into the fabric and leave as little on the surface as possible. It does catch dirt and dust and can add to the problem as the debris cut the fabirc. As to the other chemicals mentioned above... their all good, but usally must be used on a newer item or they can't protect well. But at about $3 a can... it's worth a shot. It's also worth doing it once a year as a preventative precaution. Hummm... now why am I remembering "Mink Oil?"


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Re: Soft top question?

Also She see's alot of mud[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]what is the best way to get it clean? I've wash but i get mud left. has anyone used a presure washer on there top> will this damage the top, maybe i can use a lower presure.

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Re: Soft top question?

My soft top only sees use in the summer but it does see a pressure washer. When the stains from the mud get to be more then i can handle. I take it to the car wash and spray there tire cleaner on it. It is this green stuff. Once i get the whole top sprayed with it. I let it sit about 30 seconds then rinse. I used this lighting stuff once and that seemed to work also. Good luck.

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Use some "Snow Seal", it is a beeswax protectant for shoes(available here http://www.campmor.com).

Mink Oil and other amimal oil/fat based protectants actually do more damage than good(this also applies to saddle soap). The oils in them break down the fibers in leather and canvas. Now this isn't a bad thing to happen when you are trying to break in a pair of stiff boots, but after you get them broken in just use the snow seal. The bees wax will not break down the fabric in your soft top. All the above will attract some dirt. Also don't just do one spot because it will be darker than the rest.

Look into some silicon based products as well. They will be more expensive, but won't attract dirt as much. Try to find one that has a UV protectant added to it and you will be good to go for a while. Keep a watch on it and as soon as water doesn't bead anymore apply again (at least once every six months).




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Thanks all this is all good info If it weren't for this board I would probly have sold this jeep due to it's problems. Thanks again all

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