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How to Protect Your Truck from Rust

If you just bought a brand new truck chances are you are flying high on that adrenaline rush we all get when we get a new toy. However, you will need to come down off that cloud for a little while and join the realm of reality long enough to realize there are some things you’ll want to do to ensure your truck stays in the best condition for as long as possible. One of those things is to protect your new truck from rust, both on the exterior and the undercarriage. What are some of the best ways to make your truck rust proof? Let us examine some of them.

Keep Your Truck Garaged

This is something that goes without saying for many reasons. Not only will you protect your truck from the elements by taking the time to pull it into the garage each evening, thereby protecting it from rust, but there are a number of other reasons a garage is ideal. Rust, while pesky and costly to eradicate, is only one of the things that can happen to an unprotected vehicle. A tree can fall during a storm, vandals can target your new truck, and of course the truck will become dirty faster if left in the driveway. If you don’t have a garage then there are a number of other solutions.

Purchase a Canopy for the Carport

Many homes do not have garages, or the garage has been converted into living space. In this case it may be wise to purchase a canopy which you assemble. This acts as a roof for your truck and will protect it somewhat from rain and snow. This is in no way a better choice than the garage but it is certainly a better choice than leaving your vehicle uncovered all the time. Unfortunately, this option is not one for people who reside in apartment homes or condominiums as parking is usually limited and canopies prohibited by the association by-laws. No worries, there are still other methods used to protect trucks parked in the open air.

Bed-liners and Spray Liners

There are a couple of options for protecting the bed of your truck. For one, you can buy a fitted liner such as the U-Pol Raptor Bed Liner from a retailer like or you can even obtain spray which you distribute evenly over the truck bed and it dries as a rust proof coating. The fitted bed-liners seem to be a better choice as they are slightly hardier than spray liners. It’s going to depend on your budget and what you can afford to put into your new truck. Remember though, often times sparing expenses on items that are necessary to further the life of your vehicle will wind up costing you more in the future, so do take that into consideration.

Many people believe that rust only occurs in older vehicles but this is not the case. One tiny nick to the paint job can open up the possibility of rust. Keep your new truck maintained by waxing it regularly, repairing dents immediately and by close inspections performed regularly to the paint job.