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Toyota Tundra Tonneau Cover

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.

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  • Easy Yet Effective Tips on Installing Toyota Tundra Tonneau Cover

    Installing a tonneau cover on your Toyota Tundra can be intimidating, but it's not as hard as it seems to be. Tonneau covers usually come in kits with all the required parts and hardware needed, so all that's really needed are some basic tools and a couple of hours of your time. Here are some helpful tips you can use when installing the tonneau cover:

    Tip #1: Clean the truck bed first before starting.

    Although it may seem to be a nit-picking task at first, but cleaning the truck bed is crucial in ensuring that the tonneau cover is installed properly. A dirty truck bed will make it difficult for the adhesive tapes and seals to adhere properly as they will be sticking to dirt and other particulates rather than on the truck's surface. We also recommend removing any car wax or polish from the truck bed surface as this may also cause the tape and seals not to work effectively. A good washing with warm water and mild detergent should do just fine, although make sure to dry off the truck bed thoroughly before starting installation.

    Tip #2: Make sure that there are no gaps or bulging.

    These may indicate that the tonneau cover was not aligned propery. This is especially important for the rubber weatherstrip seals as gaps between the seal and the truck bed surface will expose the bed and its contents to the elements even when the cover is sealed.

    As a rule of thumb, the tonneau cover must sit flush on the gasket without needing to compress the cover material. If this occurs, adjust the position of the rail accordingly.

    Tip #3: Check if the cover is at the proper tension.

    Different tonneau cover models have different recommended tension levels, so make sure to follow the instructions on the manual. Most covers have a tension adjuster on either side of the rails for this express purpose, so correcting the tension shouldn't be that difficult on your part.

    Tip #4: After installation, run your hand across the sides of the cover.

    This will help ensure that the Velcro is firmly attached to the sides of the truck as well as help you detect any bulges that may indicate a misaligned rail.