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post #1 of 12 Old 11-02-2008, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Plastic windows in winter

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I have a '08 JK with a soft top that I will be using this winter in New England. I was going to put a hard top on it, but don't feel like dropping 2 grand on one right now. Is there anything that I can use on the windows to help stop them from frosting up?

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-04-2008, 06:23 PM
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-04-2008, 06:30 PM
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Well, soft tops suck in the winter...so, suck it up.



What I do on mine is to coat them with a teflon/silicone protectant inside and outside.

Some are not supposed to be used inside, so look at the labels.

It helps the snow and rain to slide and/or bead off w/o sticking...so the plastic stays cleaner and has less to freeze up on it.

If its dirty, it catches moisture, and you get frost and or frozen coatings, etc.

DO NOT hit it to loosen the snow/break the ice....it can crack the plastic when its cold enough.

Do not scrape the ice/snow off...it scores the plastic.

Covering the top with a tarp, car cover, etc...works ok, but you need time to get it off/put away, etc.

My last two jeeps, I did the dual top option for this reason...its way less expensive to get the second top that way too.

Prior to the '90's...well, lets just say I saw some plastic die.


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post #4 of 12 Old 11-05-2008, 06:19 AM
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My dad uses Fog-X, made by the company as Rain-X on his Scrambler windows. Works better than nothing he says.

I just put my hard top on. I love having the rear wiper, rear defrost and rear glass for easier access. For michigan weather, I think the dual top group should have been standard!
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I am looking at a long hard winter here in phoenix AZ and was wondering how I can get my AC to work better.

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I spent 4 months in Maine last year (Oct-Feb)...one of the worst winters they've had... my windows (I have the half doors) did not suffer one bit...tons of snow, sand, salt due to the snow, and no problemas...just use the MOPAR plastic window cleaner in and out...and when opportunity presents itself, go to a high pressure car wash and just hose off the salt and sand...you'll be fine.
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I spent 4 months in Maine last year (Oct-Feb)...one of the worst winters they've had... my windows (I have the half doors) did not suffer one bit...tons of snow, sand, salt due to the snow, and no problemas...just use the MOPAR plastic window cleaner in and out...and when opportunity presents itself, go to a high pressure car wash and just hose off the salt and sand...you'll be fine.
X2, except I'm in Colorado not Maine.
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When you talk about Teflon/silicone protective what do you use?
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X2, except I'm in Colorado not Maine.

They don't use salt in CO, I gather...if so, then you're ahead of the ball game...it's the salt, if left on plastic windows, and on paint surfaces, that seems to "etch" its terror.
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Thanks for the help. I guess I will suck it up.
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Last year was the worst winter in living memory here in lovely New Hampshire and my Jeep only has a soft top. What's more, it lives outside 100% of the time. I thought it might be a problem but it really wasn't (check out my avatar). The heater in this thing is so good and the engine heats up so quickly that the defrost is blasting hot air before I'm two blocks from home. Clears the windows pretty quick.
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I am looking at a long hard winter here in phoenix AZ and was wondering how I can get my AC to work better.
Just how hot does it get there?

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