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.