One way to stylize the masculine look of your truck from the rear is to outfit it with a tailgate cap. Besides protecting the tailgate from all sorts of damage, this component provides the rear with smooth style. You see, even if you use your ride as a workhorse, it still deserves to look good especially if you park it alongside cool rides while you're out there watching your favorite football game.
If you've now decided to outfit your truck with such add-on, here are some tips to make your shopping easier:
Choosing the right tailgate cap
Much like other truck accessories, tailgate caps come in many different types, and each type offers unique features. So, it pays to make an informed decision for you to get the best cap available for your budget.
Your main consideration should be the product's durability. You see, it will be installed on top of the tailgate where it will be exposed to all sorts of damaging elements. Make sure it is constructed from tough materials that do not warp, break, or chip off so easily. Since it will also be exposed to sunlight, it's wise to choose a tailgate cap that is UV-protected so its color won't easily fade and it won't get distorted when exposed to so much heat.
You should also consider other product features that you may find useful such as LED lighting. More than their contribution to the vehicle's visual appeal, these lights will make the rear end of your truck more visible to other drivers, thus helping curb chances of rear collisions. You can also choose a cap with a mirror-shine finish to add to your truck's classy looks. Such finish also guarantees excellent resistance against rust.
Steps in installing a tailgate cap:
What you'll need:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Phillips head screws
- Power drill
- Drill bit (9/64-inch)
- Alcohol pads
- Clean cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
Step 1: Cleaning the mounting surface
With alcohol pads or clean cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol, clean the top edge of your tailgate. The mounting surface must be free of dirt, dust, and oil to make the adhesive stick well.
Step 2: Installing the cap on the tailgate
Get the cap and carefully peel off the backing paper to reveal the adhesive tape. Align the cap with the tailgate's top edge and slowly place the cap to where it should be mounted. Press down the cap using your hands, making sure you apply enough pressure to form a tight bond and to make the cap stick well onto the surface.
Step 3: Securing the tailgate cap in place
To secure the cap in place so it won't fall off even when the vehicle is running fast or when it gets hit by a cargo, cut a few two-inch pieces of adhesive tape using scissors. Peel off the backing and put the tape on the back of the cap.
Get the power drill and drill bit and make four pilot holes. Make sure these holes are evenly spaced across the top edge of the tailgate. Insert a screw in every hole and tighten it using the Phillips head screwdriver. Do the same for the rest of the screws.