Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Style and Protection with a Hoodshield for your Truck

Like most truck owners, the first thing you want to do when you finally buy that rugged pickup you’ve had your eye on is load it up, take it out, show it off, and test its mettle. Before you head off into the sunset for some quality time, there are a few things you should do to protect your shiny new toy.

One of the first things you’ll want to look at is adding a little extra hood protection. Most people don’t look forward to scraping bug carcasses off the hood of their truck, or buying touch-up paint for the damage a couple of small pebbles can do. Hoodshields – also called deflectors or bug deflectors – are easy to install, come in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes, and offer rugged protection from the agony of suicidal insects and runaway gravel. They’re made from high-quality, shatter and scratch-proof acrylics.

Installation is simple, and can usually be done in the time it takes your kids to find their shoes – possibly even less than that, depending on how dedicated your kids are. Most hoodshields snap or clip on to the lip of your hood. Some use high-grade automotive tape to attach or secure them, while others screw through existing holes on the underside of your hood or require minor drilling. Snap-on types are easy to remove if you like to have unimpeded access while washing or waxing. If the type of installation is important to you, check with the distributor before you buy.

Hoodshields can also add style to your ride. Urban warriors may want to flash some chrome, while camo styles appeal to drivers who prefer their adventures off-road. If you’re trying to remain incognito, a clear deflector keeps it subtle, most also come in black or smoke shades to complement your tint or paint. Most brands offer window deflectors that match for all-over protection.

Fit is an important consideration. Some styles hug the hood for a sleek, low-profile, form-fitting finish, while others stand up and away to deflect a little more wind and debris and allow you to wash and wax around and under them. You can find them in one-piece or three-piece styles, depending on the size and shape of your hood. The best are injection-molded for a perfect fit around the contours of your vehicle.

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