How to Install a Bed Protector in your Pick-up Truck
Owning a pick-up truck has its own pros and cons. You may have a spacious area dedicated for hauling large and heavy cargo, but it is your responsibility to keep it protected. You can take your truck to a car wash shop every day, but it won't give the same protection that a bed protector offers. This part keeps your pick-up truck bed and tailgate from dents, scratches, and paint damage. It also helps your cargo from shifting, and provides ease in loading and unloading cargo. Although installing a bed protector seems like a daunting task, nowadays, brands are all rallying for ease of installation and removal. Some don't even require drilling or professional installation. All you need to ensure is that your bed protector should fit perfectly in your truck. Here's a guide on how you can install your bed protector in a snap.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Replacement bed protector
Step 1: Park your pick-up truck in a shaded place. It could be inside your garage, or under the shade of a tree.
Step 2: Remove the old bed protector, if applicable. Clean your truck's bed and tailgate using soap and water. Wash it thoroughly as it will take a few months or years before you get to clean it again. Dry the area using a clean cloth, and make sure that you leave no wet areas before you start with the installation.
Step 3: Prepare the bed protector. It usually has two main pieces. Align the sides of the bed protector with the floor, and zip sides into place. Measure if the bed protector is the perfect fit for your pick-up's truck bed.
Step 4: Install the Velcro fasteners to the bottoms and sides of the bed protector. Make sure that every area is covered with the fasteners to ensure that it will not get easily removed or damaged.
Step 5: Once you've already secured the fasteners, position the bed protector in the truck bed. You can do this by simply aligning the edges and tucking the corners into place.
Step 6: Roll the bed protector to your side, exposing the fastener located at the bottom. Clean the attachment area using some alcohol and clean cloth. Let it dry.
Step 7: Firmly press the top surface for at least 20 seconds to ensure that the fasteners are evenly distributed.
Step 8: Once everything is in place, your truck is ready to haul cargo like never before.
You can install your bed protector in less than an hour, especially if you can ask someone to assist you. It is important that you keep it as clean as possible so that it can prolong the life of your truck bed. Take note that the bed protector will also wear out due to external factors and age, so prepare to replace it after a year or two. It is best if you can invest in a high-quality bed protector to ensure that it will not readily succumb to wear and tear.