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Ok all you rag top owners some tips on maintening your zippers (even works on your pants)
So far I have repaired zippers on several forum members canopies and as it turns out both were what I suspected Zippers were not stuffed at all but full of crud and no lube on teeth
along with stretched sliders (the little black thingy that lets you open and close zip)
first thing you need to do is wash zipper (teeth and slider) for that the best is either RP7 / WD40 or similar to do this get a rag to put behind the zip the spray should have a plastic tube so that it only goes onto the teeth (will not degrade the fabric though) start at one end and was slowly all along the zip one end to the other then wipe teeth, test sliders (if you have sections of zip that have parted when should be closed do not panic)
Wrok slider slowly backwards so that opened section goes back through slider (very slowly doing this as you do not want to damage the zip teeth)
it will take you a while but perserver remember that 30 minutes to do it is a lot cheaper than zip replacement as the proper plastic for your windows is roughly $200.00 a sheet (some trimmers will charge like a woulded bull and fit plastic that is $1.75 a meter and not use the VYBAC window grade plastic)
after you get the slider and sip open properly then get a pair of Multi Grips and come in from the front of the slider (opened section) and place the jaws of the grips on the back of the slider (one one side) and squeeze carefully (trick is not to jam it but close up back of slider) then do same for other side (ensure that the zip teeth are not caught in back of Jaws when squeezing or you will be up for at least a slider and about $60.00).
Then lube the teeth with pure Bees wax
Zips should have the crap washed out of then every couple of weeks if doing lots of offroad work.
Just remember that they are the weakest part of canopy
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Cleaning minor scratches out plastic windows and cleaning then properly to not only protect them but stopping them fogging to a minor degree
First go buy (Harley davidson agents carry this) a small jar of Jewelers rouge
Eagle one is the brand name PLEASE Make sure that it says jewelers rouge
take a soft cloth and a small dab of the rouge and start working on the scratches in small circles continueing until the scratch fades (hopefully will totally remove scratch as what happened on one of Jeremy's scratches)
do not allow the paste on the plastic to dry out add a touch more to keep it moist.
when happy buff off the rouge with a Clean soft Cloth
if happy then take can of Plexis (motorcycle shot once again) spray on to plastic then polish with soft cloth
If you want shiny chrome and paint on your Jeep go to supermarket and purchase a can of Furniture polish (showed this trick to Jeremy on Saturday too and his was filthy) get the no name brand furniture polish
Wash Jeep let it drip dry then spray furniture polish onto the chrome and buff
you can also do the paint
I sprayed some onto the bonnet of Jeremy's dirty headlights and chrome work and buffed surprised the hell out of him at just how shiny his headlights and surrounds were
then did the front section of his bonnet as well
looked like new and did not wsh it first
I also use the furniture polish to clean windscreen after a day in the mud so that I can see when driving home

That is how people get there bikes so shiny use it on everything on the bike
Cost
No Name furniture polish about $3.00
Medium sized can Plexis $10.00
Soft CLoths " flannel nappies they are the best"
Jewelers rouge $5.00
Time for the shine Priceless or as long as you want to work at it
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CN where'd u get the 3m fabric protectant n how much ????
I dunno dude....my mum got a big tub of it at home...and she also has the spray on liquid.

I would say you can order it from 3M direct on their website...
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dont worry about custom pinstriping on paint work, most buff out. i only do mine every 6 mths or so as i dont want to eat all the paint away and end up with a grey jp.

get leather seats, works a treat getting the mud off, damp cloth and wipe them clean then use a leather protector on them.

i find instead of using a degreaser use wd40 or rp7 and when you wash off help stop water getting where it shouldnt.
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OK - all good but .....


Can someone tell me how to get the JAD oozy mud stains off the soft top - not much point in protecting the top with them already there.

Normal stuff like carwash and truck wash hasn't removed the stains.
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I wash mine with a microfibre cloth and some car shampoo. Then i blast it all off with a high pressure hose. I bought myself a small karcher that does the job quite well.

To make it glow i just spray Armorall Tyre Foam liberarly and wipe off exess.

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Max, have you tried Nappysan Ultra?
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Thanks CN - I will give those suggestions a try.

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