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Two Tips To Help You Care For Your New Truck Shell

by Jacob Scott

You probably spent a great deal of time trying to decide what type of truck shell you wanted to purchase. After countless hours of research and comparing, you finally made your decision. Guess what? The hard work isn't over. Now comes the important task of caring for the shell. Here are two easy tips to help you get started.

Keep the Interior Dry

Whether you're washing the interior of your truck shell or transporting a wet load, it's important that you always remember to dry out the interior of the shell. This is especially true if the shell's interior is designed from an untreated metal. Any left-behind moisture increases the risk of corrosion or rust development. The scary thing about rust is that it can quickly spread to other surfaces of your truck, causing extensive damage.

After you have thoroughly dried the shell, it's also a good idea to keep the shell door open. This will assist with the drying process and ensure the area is properly ventilated to prevent mold or mildew growth. For added protection, consider installing a protective liner inside the shell. Liners eliminate the potential for moisture damage because they are rust and corrosion proof. Liners can also protect the interior surface of the shell from scratches when transporting large loads.

Apply a UV Protectant

Door and window trim on truck shells are typically made from rubber. Over time, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the color of the rubber to fade or cause it to deteriorate. Both of these factors can cause the shell to look worn. Sun exposure can also cause similar problems for any plastic or vinyl components on the truck shell. Applying a UV protectant can help. UV protectants are basically wax coatings that you gently rub onto the surface of the shell.

Once dried, the application serves as a barrier that prevents the sun from damaging the exposed parts. When shopping for a UV protectant, avoid products that contain silicone oils as they can damage the painted surfaces of the shell. Keep in mind, each time you wash your vehicle, you will need to reapply the protectant. You can also apply the protectant to the interior surfaces of the truck's shell to keep it looking lustrous.

Make sure you are making an effort to keep your truck shell in great condition by making proper upkeep and maintenance a priority. Talk with a place like Rhino Linings &Terry's Top Factory for more maintenance tips.