Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jeep Topless DOs & DON'Ts


I am so excited that Spring has finally arrived! 


That means I can start driving with my top down, but there are always precautions you must take. 
When you have a Jeep Wrangler you can't just put your top down, hop in, and hit the road.  It takes a little more thought. You must "Be Prepared".


So here are some tips I learned while "Going Topless in my Jeep".


Topless Jeep Driving DOs & DON'Ts 



Make sure your top folds back into the perfect Jeep "W". This keeps the soft top lasting longer.




Don't park under trees that are shedding their blooms or have lots of birds hanging out in them.



When you are going 65 mph down the interstate, and you have long hair, tie it back, or put on a hat. There is a high potential you will go blind momentarily, and crash.


Leave No Trace is definitely a principal you should use for the inside of your Jeep.  You don't want that "litter fine" when trash goes sailing out the top of your Wrangler.


 Anything you want to keep in your Jeep make sure it's tied down.


When you bring your drink in the Jeep make sure it has a lid that it secure. Those Jeep rides become very bumpy.



When you have kids you will want to have a blanket for each of them.  Even when it's warm outside the back seats tend to get a little chilly for the little ones.



Spray your floor mats with bug spray.  Some say spiders like to spin their web inside your Jeep.  Fingers Crossed -- I haven't had this issue yet.



When it's sunny out, keep sunscreen handy or get a sun shade.

Don't leave valuables laying around. Leave 'em home or lock 'em up in the glovebox or console.



 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Steps to Protecting Your Jeep

Protecting your Vehicle From the Harsh Elements


Now that Spring has finally arrived, it is time to get my Jeep ready for some Springtime and Summertime fun. Now -- I know everyone says a Jeep is suppose to be dirty, but I feel a Jeep is meant to GET dirty. You still need to clean it once in a while to protect the body of your Jeep so it will last a long time. 



First, I broke out the bucket, garden hose, soap and hand mit, and began the process of washing off the final layer of the winter grit of mud, sand and salt. I was careful not to use the soap on my soft top, as I use the Bestop products for that.


Soft Top Cleaning Tips 👉 Read More 


I use a soap specifically meant for autos. You need to be careful what kind you use as there are chemicals in some soaps that can damage your Jeep's paint. Some folks use Dawn which takes the wax off your vehicle. 




After a thorough washing, I dry off the Jeep with a microfiber towel. For the first time I decided to try my hand at using clay bar.  Clay bar is designed to get the microscopic bits off your paint that washing can't get, like paint overspray, brake dust etc. I used Mothers California Gold Clay Bar Paint Saving Kit. 

Mother's Clay Bar Kit 👉 Buy Here



Simple & Easy to Use

It is simple and easy to use. First, you mold the clay into your hand. Then use use the included spray, and spray a two foot section of your Jeep. Then you glide the clay bar over the sprayed section until it glides smoothly. 

Rust Removal Steps 👉 Read More



If the clay gets too dirty fold over the clay and re-mold. You do this to the entire Jeep, not the soft top, or plastic or rubber parts.  After the clay bar process it is time to wax the Jeep. 



I Use Mothers California Gold, Brazilian Carnauba Cleaner Wax. Use a damp cloth to swirl it on. Then let it dry to a dry haze then wipe it off. 



Now she is ready to take out for a topless ride, or a day on the trails and is protected against those harsh road elements like salt. 

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