Tonneau covers are costly. The cost of a tonneau cover varies as every cover has its `own style, shape, and quality. Once you purchased the tonneau cover, you will never want to remove it unless it’s necessary as you spent a good amount of money energy, and time over it. So, how will you wash your truck, many people question can tonneau covers go through a car wash and I reply it depends but mostly the answer is yes.
Best Tonneau Covers for a safe car wash:
The market is filled with tonneau cover manufacturers. You will find a huge variety of tonneau covers having different styles, sizes, and attributes. So, when buying a tonneau, you will observe every cover has its own set of guidelines for cleaning a tonneau cover.
It’s a modern era and normally people prefer an automatic car wash. So, when I was buying a tonneau cover for my truck bed, I researched all the big brands selling a tonneau cover. And it was very amusing to know that I came to find out all those brand tonneau covers were safe for an automatic car wash.
Although it mentioned on the tonneau packaging to not apply silicon or wax on it as it’s harmful.
Some top companies for tonneau covers:
According to all these brands, their tonneau covers are safe for an automatic car wash. Although I was not fully convinced as some tonneau covers are soft how will they bear the automatic car wash. But the according to these brands if you properly close the tonneau cover it will not be damaged by the car wash.
Can a partially closed cover bear the car wash?
If you are in a situation where a car wash is a must for you like your windshield is covered with muddy scars after the rain or bugs you need to wash it fully.
But at the same time, you have some long pipes or cylinders in the back of your truck too, sticking out of the car. In this situation no matter how much you secure a tonneau it’s not preferable to send it to a car wash. Moreover, the staff at car washing will also not allow you.
So, in this case, remove your cargo and secure your cover and then let it go in the carwash. Otherwise, the elongated cargo will damage your cover and machinery.
Moreover, normally brands mention the “weather resistant” word while marketing their tonneau covers. Although it’s not entirely true, yea it’s highly possible that the top of the cover is water-resistant but the other parts of the tonneau covers are soft.
Different Types of Tonneau Covers
Generally, there are two main types of tonneau cover:
- Soft Tonneau Covers
- Hard Tonneau Covers
Soft Tonneau Covers
Soft tonneau covers are weather resistant but water can easily pass through them if not secured properly during a car wash or on rainy days. They have flexibility. Moreover, you can easily detach them from your vehicle when you went to a car wash.
Soft covers are safe to wash in a car wash still try taking precautions to avoid any damages and tears.
Hard Tonneau Cover
These covers are tough and rigid as they are made of fiberglass. They are safe for a car wash and can bear it all.
Although these covers are expensive still buying them is a smart choice as they are lifelong.
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