If your grandfather recently purchased a new truck and decided to give you his older model, being proud of your ownership of the vehicle is to be expected, but you may not be thrilled with visible signs of wear and tear that you have discovered while looking over the vehicle. Spruce up the truck's exterior and interior with the following tips before cruising around town in your new ride.
Clean And Repair The Truck's Body
A little bit of elbow grease will go a long way when it comes to improving the appearance of the body of your truck. Park the truck in your driveway and closely inspect the vehicle's exterior, including the bottom of the bed and the bed's interior walls.
If there are small rust spots or areas where paint is chipped, lightly sand the affected areas until they are smooth. Use automotive detergent and a sponge to provide the vehicle with a thorough cleaning. After rinsing the body off with water, wait for the clean metal to dry.
During this time, head over to an automotive shop to pick up a bottle of touch-up primer and paint. After the vehicle's body has dried, dab a little primer and paint over the exterior parts that were sanded. Take your time so that the primer and paint are applied smoothly. Use thin coats of both products, and make sure that the primer has dried before applying touch-up paint over it.
Purchase A Bed Liner
A bed liner will keep the bed dry and will prevent rust from forming or dirt from accumulating on the metal. One type of bed liner that you might be interested in is a spray liner; this type of liner is applied directly to metal. A spray liner contains a non-skid surface; this type of surface will come in handy if you plan on transporting items in the back of your vehicle and want them to remain stable while you are driving.
Call an automotive shop and make an appointment to have a spray liner applied. Be prepared to drop your truck off at the shop for several hours on the day of your automotive appointment. When you go to pick up your truck, inquire about taking care of the spray liner. The technician who applied the spray liner may advise you to clean the liner from time to time, but to avoid using abrasive cleansers or scrub brushes. Contact companies like Leer Accessory Truck Center for more information.
Vacuum The Cab And Mend Or Cover Upholstery
After arriving back at your home, remove loose items from the cab of the truck. Vacuum the floors and the upholstery. If any of the upholstery is torn, purchase an upholstery patch kit to repair the damaged fabric.
If any of the tears are large and you are worried that the fabric will tear again after you mend it, purchase some automotive slipcovers. You can find the perfect sized covers for the seats of your truck by providing the make and model of your vehicle to a salesperson when shopping for covers.