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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tonneau Cover

Maintenance Tips for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are designed to last a lifetime provided of course that they are cared for properly. Regular maintenance of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tonneau covers are essential in keeping wear and tear at bay, especially since these covers are constantly exposed to damaging elements. Caring for tonneau cover depends on the type of material it is made of or how it operates. But regardless of whether it is a roll-up vinyl cover or a hardtop, here are some general maintenance pointers to follow for your truck's tonneau covers.

  • Make sure to follow the specific cleaning instructions for the particular type of tonneau cover you have in your truck.

A soft tonneau cover, for instance, needs to be cleaned using a special cleaning solution that's different from that used in hardtop covers.

  • Allow the water to soak into the tonneau cover for several minutes before adding the cleaning solution.

This will make the stains on the surface of the cover easier to remove as well as help the cover retain its suppleness.

  • A scrub brush can be used to remove hardened mud and dirt on the cover, but be sure to use one with soft bristles.

A hard bristled brush might end up scratching the surface of the cover.

  • For soft top tonneau covers, it is also recommended to apply a conditioner onto the cover after every wash.

Conditioners help restore the original color and vibrancy of the tonneau cover and provide UV protection.

  • Don't forget the mechanical parts!

Aside from the fabric, the mechanical components of the tonneau cover like the rails, rail hinges, and canister have to be cleaned as well. Dirt and mud can accumulate on these parts and impede their operation. You can wash the mechanical components the same way as you would with the tonneau fabric, although make sure to dry them properly afterwards to prevent rust from occurring.

  • Tears on the cover fabric?

Get them repaired immediately. A tear that goes unrepaired is likely to get larger over time. And if gets too big, the tear may no longer be repaired and the tonneau cover would eventually need a replacement.

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  • Tips on Installing a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tonneau Cover

    Installing a tonneau cover is a rite of passage for any Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owner. While most mechanics won’t hesitate to install a hard top or soft top cover in your pickup, fitting in a new tonneau cover – which is fairly easy to do – will save you a lot of money and make you more familiar with the inner workings on your vehicle.

    How you install a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tonneau cover depends on the type of cover used. But whether it is a rigid tonneau cover or a flexible, vinyl-based one, it has to be mounted with utmost care to prevent damaging it or the surfaces of your truck’s sides. In this guide, we’ll share some tips on how you can install a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tonneau cover easier and more effectively.

    Tip #1: Before you start the installation process, clean out the truck bed first.

    If the tonneau cover will use an adhesive seal, make sure to wash the sides and head of the box until these areas are clean and free of dirt and grease.

    Tip #2: When stretching out a tonneau cover over your truck’s bed, make sure that it is not too tight or too loose.

    A loose cover will sag and lead to an inefficient seal, while an extremely taut cover is likely to lose its suppleness and become more prone to rips and tears. Adjust the tension of the cover using the dial tension adjusters provided in the kit.

    Tip #3: If your truck has existing bed rails or bed rail caps, make sure that they are compatible with your tonneau cover before installing.

    Some bed rails and caps are thin enough to accommodate a tonneau cover, while some are not. If the bed rails or caps won’t allow for the use of the tonneau cover, you will have to remove the rails and caps first.

    Tip #4: Don’t forget the bed liners too.

    Silverado models typically come with stock bed liners that go under the rail. But if yours go over the rail, you may need to make a few modifications. Over-the-rail bed liners can make installing a tonneau covers a pain as they squeeze the width between the bed rails and tonneau. In most cases, you will have to replace the bed liner with an under-the-rail type.