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Jeep Jeepster Soft Top

Caring for Your Jeep Jeepster Soft Top: Here’s How to

The soft top makes a beautiful convertible even more functional and interesting. It makes you worry less even if the weather suddenly goes crazy and you unexpectedly get caught in an early morning or late afternoon drizzle. With its importance and with the peace of mind it can provide you with, it is your responsibility to take good care of your Jeep Jeepster soft top.

Unlike hardtops, soft tops have special care requirements that you have to keep in mind so as not to end up damaging rather than cleaning them. Here are a few care tips that you should follow:

  • Use only the right cleaner, cleaning tools, and cleaning method.

Wash your soft top regularly. If it isn't dirty, rinsing it with a strong jet of clear water at least once a month will do. If it's dusty and dirty and you think it could use the magic of a soft top cleaner, make sure to use one that's non-detergent based. Avoid using car wash shampoos as they have gloss enhancers that will just make the soft top a dust magnet. It is also advisable to use a very soft-bristle brush in scrubbing dirt off the soft top. To know if the brush is gentle on the soft top material, try to brush it across the back of your hand. If it doesn't scratch your skin, then it will be safe for use on your convertible's top.

  • Avoid spot cleaning.

Unless your Jeepster's soft top has bug residues, bird poop, or tree sap that needs to be eliminated immediately, try to avoid spot cleaning it as it will leave unsightly rings or spots on the surface of your convertible top.

  • Protect your convertible like you do your hard top's paint.

Much like a hard top, you can maintain or restore the beauty and functionality of your soft top by applying the right protectant after cleaning. It will also help maintain your soft top's resale value. Just make sure to use a protectant that's designed for the material your soft top is made of. If your top is made of fabric, cloth, or canvas, apply protectant at least 3 to 4 times a year. Vinyl soft tops, on the other hand, need to be protected more often, so protectant application is recommended every 4 to 5 weeks.

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  • A Few Tips that Will Help Make Your DIY Jeep Jeepster Soft Top Installation Easier and Faster

    There's always something beautiful and special about convertibles. But that beauty and gorgeousness can suddenly be ruined by a dirty, unsightly, and/or damaged soft top. While you can drive with the top down, you'll never know when it will rain. So, it always pays to be ready by keeping your soft top in good shape. If the inevitable happens and your soft top gets an irreparable damage, get a new one immediately before you hit the road again with your Jeepster.

    Should you decide to install your new soft top all by yourself, here are some tips to keep in mind:

    Tip #1: Check your new soft top as soon as it arrives at your home.

    As soon as your ordered soft top arrived at your doorsteps, take time to put the content out of the box and check it carefully. Lay the top out on a clean floor and check it for shipping damage. Also check all the hardware that comes with it particularly the screws and bolts and compare them with the mounting holes in your Jeepster. By doing this a couple of days before your scheduled DIY installation, you still have enough time to send it back to the merchant in case there's a problem with it, and you need to have it replaced with a new one.

    Tip #2: Familiarize yourself with the instructions before starting with the installation.

    The process and length of your soft top installation depends on the type of convertible you own and the kind of soft top you are installing. Prior to the installation, it pays to check your manual first or the comprehensive installation instructions that usually come with your new soft top. By doing this, you will be able to gauge if you can carry out the task or not and if you have the right tools for the job. You can also estimate the number of hours you should allocate for this DIY task.

    Tip #3: Do the installation when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Before you do the installation, make sure that the temperature is high (more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit). This will make the installation easier as the warm temperature will help relax the soft top material for a smoother fit. Low temperature can cause the fabric to contract or shrink, making the soft top kind of difficult for you to install.