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Getting the Most out of Your Truck - From Bed Liners to Toppers

Updated on March 31, 2017

How many hours a week do you spend riding in your truck? Chances are, the answer is higher than you realized. But take that question bit farther, how often do you haul things in your truck bed? Chances are, that is number is along the lines of 2-4 times a week.

Consequently , it is important that you do you part to protect the bed of your truck by using a topper or either a bed liner. And whether you opt for a Tonneau cover or something else, the important thing is that you take time to care for your truck so that you can get long years of usage from your vehicle.

Getting the Most out of Your Truck - From Bed Liners to Toppers

So, how can you ensure that your truck, audits components last. Here are some tips to help:

  • When you pick up your bed liner at the shop it is 80% cured; wait 24 hours before hauling anything heavy - rocks, lumber, etc. - in it.
  • Sweep out any debris or dirt, so that it cannot get worn into the liner or crevices between the truck and the liner.
  • Clean up spills - especially those of a chemical nature - immediately. This can be done using a stiff bristle brush, soap and water. Other spills can often be removed with a pressure water set in a wide fan pattern.
  • While the liner will typically dry pretty quickly on its own, if you chose to help it along, be sure to use a soft microfiber cloth.
  • Don’t overlook the value of a bed liner. These will protect it from scratches, chipped paint, and more. Plus they can be customized to suit your needs.
  • For Tonneau covers, it is recommended to NOT wash or wax them for at least 90 days after installation.
  • If you plan on using your topper and liner to benefit with camping, many people suggest adding an additional layer of padding - whether it be saddle blankets, heavy towels or even an indoor/outdoor rug. This makes it more comfy for sleeping, but also makes cleanup after the trip a breeze.

Using these tips can add life to your truck’s bed as well as to the topper. Sure, they may mean a bit of investment from time to time but it is time well spent. If you have questions about ways to protect your vehicle talk to a local truck accessories dealership. From toppers to liners having a truck that meets your needs for years to come is important!

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of tonneau covers. One such site worth visiting is

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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