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How do I care for my new Truck Cap?

Caring for Your Truck Cap

Fiberglass truck caps are painted with automotive paint. This high grade base coat clear coat finish requires very the same care as your truck paint.

Here are some suggestions on how to care maintain the beauty of your cap finish.

  • Wash the cap frequently, preferably by hand. Avoid car washes with brushes. During the first 30 days of the paint’s life, the paint is completing the curing process and can be easily damaged. When washing use a soft cloth, fresh cool water in the summer and warm water in the winter. For heavily soiled surfaces use a mild liquid soap specially designed for automobiles.
  • Avoid parking under trees, which can drop sap or droppings on the fresh paint. Remove any such substance as soon as possible.
  • Do not wax for the first 60 days. This time is needed for the paint to fully cure. After 60 days, wax and care for the cap like your truck with the same products.
  • Do not wipe your cap with a dry cloth. Always use water. Dry the cap and truck paint after washing if you have hard water to prevent water spots.
  • Brush snow and ice off. Do not use a scraper on the cap or the rear door glass.
  • Use touch up paint to repair any nicks or scratches in the paint. Clear fingernail polish can be used to cover the base coat touch up. Wait until the repair is fully cured and use rubbing compound and polish to regain the proper finish.
  • Use an UV protection product on all vinyl, plastic and rubber components to extend the luster and life. These products should not contain petrochemicals, petroleum distillates or silicone oils. Products like Armorall® or 303 Protectant® are recommended.
  • Lubricate all locks and moving locking parts with lithium grease. Spray lithium based lubricants are well suited to this application and will not attract dirt and grime build up. Do not use penetrating oils in the lock cylinders unless you follow up with lithium grease.
  • Do not use any lubricants or solvent cleaners on the shafts of the gas struts. If necessary, clean them with water only.

Important Warnings to Remember
Never allow children or pets to occupy the cargo area of the pickup when the engine is running. Exhaust systems do fail and carbon monoxide poisoning may occur even with a truck cap. When the cap is used to transport pets, please open windows for proper ventilation.

NEVER pump gasoline into any container sitting inside the cargo area of the truck. Static electricity caused by the flowing fuel could ignite vapors and cause an explosion. Place the approved container on the ground before filling.

The fasteners connecting the truck cap to the pickup bed should be checked regularly to assure tightness. Vibration from the engine and road can cause fasteners to work loose.

If you need to remove your cap from the pickup be sure to follow these basic procedures:

  • Place reference marks on the base rail of the cap and the bed rails of the truck bed on each side. This will allow you to easily reinstall the cap at the correct position.
  • Disconnect any brake light or interior light wiring.
  • Remove the fasteners.
  • Using one person on each corner, gently lift the cap off and place it on a flat surface.
  • Check you center high mount stop light for proper operation pressing on the brake pedal. If the CHMSL light is not working, check and replace the bulb and or the fuse before driving the truck.

To re-install your cap simply reverse the process by lining up the ends of the blue alignment stickers and installing the fasteners and hooking up the brake light.

Be sure to keep your shocks and tires in good repair to reduce vibration, which will shorten the life of you truck and cap.

How do I care for my new Tonneau?

Caring for Your Tonneau Cover

Fiberglass tonneau covers are painted with automotive paint. This high grade base coat clear coat finish requires very the same care as your truck paint.

Here are some suggestions on how to care maintain the beauty of your tonneau’s finish and operation.

  • Wash the tonneau frequently, preferably by hand. Avoid car washes with brushes. During the first 30 days of the paint’s life, the paint is completing the curing process and can be easily damaged. When washing use a soft cloth, fresh cool water in the summer and warm water in the winter. For heavily soiled surfaces use a mild liquid soap specially designed for automobiles.
  • Avoid parking under trees, which can drop sap or droppings on the fresh paint. Remove any such substance as soon as possible.
  • Do not wax for the first 60 days. This time is needed for the paint to fully cure. After 60 days, wax and care for the cap like your truck with the same products.
  • Do not wipe your cap with a dry cloth. Always use water. Dry the cap and truck paint after washing if you have hard water to prevent water spots.
  • Brush snow and ice off. Do not use a scraper.
  • Use touch up paint to repair any nicks or scratches in the paint. Clear fingernail polish can be used to cover the base coat touch up. Wait until the repair is fully cured and use rubbing compound and polish to regain the proper finish.
  • Use an UV protection product on all vinyl, plastic and rubber components to extend the luster and life. These products should not contain petrochemicals, petroleum distillates or silicone oils. Product like Armorall® or 303 Protectant® are recommended.
  • Lubricate the lock cylinder by applying lithium grease to the key edges and inserting it into the cylinder at least once per year. Moving parts of the lift assists, lock and latching rods should be lubricated with lithium grease to prevent squeaking and to promote long life and smooth operation. Spray lithium based lubricants are well suited to this application and will not attract dirt and grime build up. Do not use penetrating oils in the lock cylinders unless you follow up with lithium grease.
  • Do not use any lubricants or solvent cleaners on the shafts of the gas struts. If necessary, clean them with water only.
  • Check the gap between the LSII trim edge and the painted surface of your truck regularly, making sure that the LSII is not contacting the painted surface of the truck and wearing paint off. Adjust the rubber headed height adjusters in the base rails up to prevent paint wear. Paint wear due to neglect or use of A.R.E. products is your responsibility and is not covered under any warranty written or implied.

Important Warnings to Remember
Never allow children or pets to occupy the cargo area of the pickup when the engine is running. Exhaust systems do fail and carbon monoxide poisoning may occur even with a truck cap. When the cap is used to transport pets, please open windows for proper ventilation.

NEVER pump gasoline into any container sitting inside the cargo area of the truck. Static electricity caused by the flowing fuel could ignite vapors and cause an explosion. Place the approved container on the ground before filling.

Mounting clamps should be checked regularly to assure tightness. Vibration from the engine and road can cause fasteners to work loose.

If you need to remove your cap from the pickup be sure to follow these basic procedures:

  • Place a reference mark on the bed and tonneau rail on each side. This will allow you to easily install the tonneau in the correct position.
  • Disconnect any brake light or interior light wiring.
  • Remove the clamps.
  • Using one person on each corner, gently lift the tonneau off and place it on a flat surface.
  • Check you center high mount stop light for proper operation pressing on the brake pedal. If the CHMSL light is not working, check and replace the bulb and or the fuse before driving the truck.

· Be sure to keep your shocks and tires in good repair to reduce vibration, which will shorten the life of you truck and tonneau.

Front Windows vs. Front Boots, which one do I want?

This is something that you will need to decide based on the pros and cons of each. I will agree with the folks that tell you that the boot will leak, squeak and rub the paint off the cab of your truck. All by the way are controllable with regular maintenance. But I will also stand firm on the fact that the boot allows for much better visibility, virtually weather free access to the bed from the cab and one more benefit that few think of, no wind turbulence noise. Consider what you use your truck for and what’s important to you when you make your decision.

Does a tonneau cover effect fuel economy?

According to this article it does. In short, it gives you a free gallon of gas for every twenty you use. From Auto Trim & Restyling News – August 2001 From “Tailgate Talk -Does Removing A Tailgate Effect Fuel Economy?” By Bruce W. Smith According to many experts, the best way to improve a pickup’s fuel economy is to leave the tailgate up and cover the bed with a quality aftermarket Tonneau cover. “Tonneau covers on pickup boxes reduce aerodynamic drag,” said Ford’s Jack Williams. “We’ve seen reductions of about 8 to 10 percent on the F150, which means the average fuel economy improvements for EPA city/highway cycle [test] is about 2 percent. “The average steady-state [cruise control] fuel economy improvement at highway speeds is closer to 5 percent.” Adding a tonneau could mean an improvement in fuel mileage that is the equivalent of a free gallon of gas for every 20 gallons used.

What is the Warranty on Your Products?

We have a one-year, five-year, and limited lifetime warranty on many of our products depending on the brand and installation. For detailed warranty information, contact us or visit us and we will be glad to discuss your warrant options.

How do I find out more about Nomadic Roof Rack accessories like a bicycle or canoe carrier?

You can contact Nomadic at their toll free number – (888) 939-2737.

Are your truck caps/tonneau covers available in my truck’s color?

We paint our products to match the paint code of your vehicle as specified by the truck manufacturer. Read this article supplied by the TCAA (Truck Cap & Accessory Association) to learn more about the color matching process:

The task of matching the paint color of truck accessories with a vehicles color is becoming increasingly complex. The properties of paints in the aftermarket can vary greatly from the properties of paint for vehicle manufacturers (OEMs). Understanding these differences is a complicated task. The Truck Cap Accessory Association (TCAA), with the assistance of vehicle paint manufacturers, present this information in an effort to create a better understanding between the consumer and the retailer of truck accessories by providing the reasons an exact color match is extremely difficult.

  • Truck manufacturers use different paint suppliers
  • Paint technologies can change at each plant on the same type vehicle.
  • Different application equipment, like “mini bells”, “robotics”, “electrostatic”, and “conventional” all apply paint differently, changing color and metallic appearance, a change in the same batch can even occur because of “metal flake shearing”, due to constant mixing.
  • A variation of film builds on the same colors over different primer colors can change the final cover.
  • Temperature, humidity, differences in line speed, and piping distances can all cause a variation in color.
  • The TCAA, Vehicle Manufacturers, and Paint Suppliers are constantly working together to supply information that will improve the color match process.
  • Vehicle color designers work closely with paint suppliers to carefully select a specific achievable palette of colors.
  • The possibility of obtaining a better color match can improve when a paint supplier provides color swatches to the vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket industry showing variations in a vehicles color code.

· The goal is to supply the consumer with the closest possible color match.

How long will it be before my truck cap is shipped if I order it today?

It will be shipped approximately two weeks from the manufacturer after you place your order. Please keep in mind that although this statement is most always true, there are times or circumstances that may make your wait longer.