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Maintenance Tips for the Chevrolet C1500 Tonneau Cover
The tonneau cover offers Chevrolet C1500 truck owners the convenience of protecting the contents of their truck bed while being easy to roll up and store in a matter of minutes. But unlike other truck bed covers, tonneau covers are more vulnerable to damage and wear from the elements, so constant maintenance is a must.
Although it does require maintaining more often, the Chevrolet C1500 tonneau cover is not that very difficult to care for. In fact, you can do most of the maintenance tasks at the convenience of your own garage and will not take more than several hours of your time. In this guide, we've listed down some important pointers for tonneau cover maintainance.
- Take out the vacuum.
Regardless of whether your tonneau cover is made of canvas or vinyl, vacuuming will get rid of excess dirt and dust. Pay particular attention to the seams and edges near the rails as dusts accumulate in these areas often. We also recommend using a brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner as this will prevent dust and dirt particles from rubbing against and scratching the surface.
- Use the appropriate cleaner and brush.
Vinyl and canvas have their own respective type of cleaner, so make sure to use the right type of cleaner for your tonneau cover. We also suggest using a soft-bristled brush like boar hair as this will not leave scratches on the surface. Make sure the hard-to-reach-areas are scrubbed well, and rinse the cleaner thoroughly until bubbles no longer appear on the fabric.
- Apply protectant.
After washing the cover, we also recommend spraying vinyl tonneau covers with protectant, which helps restore the color and suppleness of vinyl and adds a layer of protection against UV rays to prevent fading. Make sure that the cover is completely dry before applying the protectant and do so under the shade; spraying the protectant under the sun tends to leave streaks on the vinyl.
- Do not leave any heavy weight on top of the tonneau cover.
Tonneau covers are not typically designed to support large amounts of weight and will buckle or sage if you do so. If it is necessary for you to stack equipment on top of the tonneau cover, check the manual for weight ratings and try to distribute the weight as evenly as possible.