Tonneau covers are a great way to protect your truck bed from the elements. They range in price, style, and color, but they all have one thing in common: they get dirty over time! Whether you have a white cover or an orange cover, it is important to keep it looking as new as possible. This will save you money by not having to replace the tonneau cover with a new one when it starts to look old and worn out. Here we will show how easy it is to make your tonneau cover look like brand new again!
How to make a tonneau cover look like new again: color & shine are back! Tonneau covers protect the inside of your truck from environmental wear and tear, but they also get dirty over time. It can be expensive replacing them with brand-new ones when they start to look old or worn out. We will show you how to make your tonneau cover look new again with a few simple steps!
Step One: Cleaning Your Tonneau Cover
The first step is to clean the surface of the truck bed cover, using either a vacuum or soap and water. Any dirt, grime, food particles should be removed before proceeding to the next step.
Step Two: Applying a Protective Coat of Sealant, Wax or Polish
The second and final step is applying sealant, wax or polish onto your tonneau cover. This will protect it from UV rays and environmental damage that can wear away its finish over time! Make sure you apply the correct protection for your cover, and check the label for any specific instructions.
Step Three: Applying a Protective Coat of Sealant, Wax or Polish Again – Optional
The third and final optional step is applying another layer of sealant, wax or polish onto the surface of your truck bed cover to protect it from UV rays and environmental damage. The longer you wait before protecting these areas, the more difficult and expensive it will be to get that new-car shine back! Make sure you apply the correct protection for your cover, and check the label for any specific instructions.
Tonneau covers typically accumulate dirt from the air by being at ground level. This will require that you use a mild detergent to scrub the surface with warm water on occasion. You can also opt to buy an additive labeled “tonneau cover cleaner” to get the job done.
How often should I be cleaning my tonneau cover? A monthly cleaning should be sufficient when the tonneau cover is made from vinyl. Aluminum covers will need an annual cleaning, but at least they don’t require harsh chemicals to get the job done. Fiberglass is more of a special case and should be cleaned every few years to maintain its protective coating, but it’s not as complicated as aluminum!
Good to know: Cleaning your cover regularly will also help keep it looking new and fresh for longer periods of time. If you have a truck with tinted windows, we recommend cleaning every six months because dirt and filth can easily get trapped behind them if they are not properly maintained.