A hard top is a great accessory for a Jeep Wrangler that will be used year-round in a variety of climates. Wrangler hard tops are made of fiberglass, and feature a faux-leather pebbled finish that is attractive and durable. But like any automotive exterior, a hard top can get dirty and lose its showroom finish over time. Follow these steps to breathe some new life and looks into your Wrangler's hard top.
Things You'll Need
- Car wash solution
- Cotton towels
- Car detail dressing
Wash the top as you would the rest of the vehicle. Spray the top thoroughly with a hose to remove any loose dirt and dust. Mix a car wash solution in a large bucket. Meguiar's NXT Generation Car Wash is an excellent all-purpose cleaner (see Resources). Mix it according to directions with warm water, then gently scrub the entire top with a sponge dipped into the solution. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Dry the top with a soft clean cotton towel or an automotive chamois. Be sure that the material you use for drying doesn't have any dirt on it that can cause scratching of the surface.
Mix a 3:1 solution of Meguiar's Hyper Dressing (three parts water to one part dressing) and apply to the top with a damp sponge (see Resources). Work carefully to prevent the solution from getting on your windows. The Hyper Dressing will add a sheen to the finish of the top. For more sheen, increase the concentration to a 2:1 ratio.
Let the Hyper Dressing air-dry. When the surface is completely dry, buff lightly with a soft cotton cloth.
Tips & Warnings
- Wash and detail your hardtop in the shade, out of direct sunlight. This prevents the car wash or dressing from drying too quickly.
- "Ultimate Auto Detailing Projects"; David H. Jacobs, Jr.; 2003
- Meguiar's Online Forums
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