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Old 05-03-2009
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Two cleaning questions.

I've got to questions for you guys:

1. My daughter decided to draw dad a pic on the side of my truck with a peice of limestone. The scratches go from a light scuff to right through the paint, fortunately there was was only a little spot that went right through. I've searched and found some ideas but any input would be appreciated.

2. For those with roll-up tonneaus on their trucks what do you use to clean it? The winter was a little hard on the finish this year.
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Have you tried just simple green for the cover and then some sort of vinyl protectant? I need to find something to clean mine as well.
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X2 on the protectant I used like armor all or something along those lines
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That sucks on the paint dude
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Pictures of the scratches? Man that sucks.
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On the tonneau I'll probably use a Johnson & Wax product we sell at work... brushless car wash that works really good on vinyl... last time I just used the stuff I use on the rest of the truck but it didn't come out as good as I hoped...
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The scratches sound really bad...really need some pics to give accurate advice. BUT if you can run your nail across the scratch and feel the valley then it is pretty much beyond buffing out. It will need to be filled, wetsanded, and buffed/rotaried.
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Be careful what you use on the tonneau. On mine it said all over the place ONLY to use regular carwash soap/water or the special tonneau cover cleaner stuff they sell on it. Other stuff can damage it really easy.
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I'll see if I can get some pics, I have a camera with crappy resolutiion and no macrofocus so i don't know if it'll turn out.
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I just ordered some of this: PPC-Formula 2 Tonneau Cleaner, its what Agri-Cover recommended to clean and protect.
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this is why i'll never have kids.

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Be careful what you use on the tonneau. On mine it said all over the place ONLY to use regular carwash soap/water or the special tonneau cover cleaner stuff they sell on it. Other stuff can damage it really easy.
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as for the protectant I use 303 Aerospace Protectant
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Be careful what you use on the tonneau. On mine it said all over the place ONLY to use regular carwash soap/water or the special tonneau cover cleaner stuff they sell on it. Other stuff can damage it really easy.

My tonneau also says only mild soap and water or 303 Protectant. They claim petroleum based products like Amour All destroy the vinyl. Guy I work with was told to use Pledge Furniture wax.

I stick with 303 Protectant.
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yeah i reccomend 303 or the tire leather and vinyl treatment i sell, both are great products, and wont hurt it.
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I say try that stuff Billy Mays advertises on TV. Simonize scratch repair or some **** like that...
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yeah i reccomend 303 or the tire leather and vinyl treatment i sell, both are great products, and wont hurt it.
Ive actually tried the dri wash and guard i like but I am out now Need to pick some more up.
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Ive actually tried the dri wash and guard i like but I am out now Need to pick some more up.
use coupon code rangerf and save an extra 10% off everything.
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I use saddle soap and Mink oil on my cover. Not every time, but at least a couple times a year. This is the same way I clean my leathers and my seats on motorcycles. Takes a while to scrub by hand, but it's the safest and best method I have found.
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I wouldn't use Armor All or any other type stuff on the tonneau. As soon as it rains it will run down the sides of the truck and make a big mess on the paint. The 303 stuff mentioned above is good, I've used it before.
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don't laugh lol. when i took my drop in bed liner out it was all scratched to ^#&@ under the rails. i had some harley davidson brand scratch and swirl treatment for my bike and i gave it a try(could't hurt right? lol) anyways it took ALL of the scratches out. :) looks new again
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