The tailgate protector is a good way to shield your vehicle's tailgate against dents and scratches. This accessory is usually attached to the tailgate using adhesives and/or screws. When done properly, you can install this component in an hour.
Difficulty level: Medium
Tools that you'll need:
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Protective eyewear
Step 1: To make sure your tailgate protector will hold fast to your tailgate, it is highly recommended that you clean the gate thoroughly first. We suggest wiping down the top section of your tailgate with alcohol.
Step 2: Attach the tailgate protector to the tailgate. Most protectors come with an adhesive backing or adhesive tape. If you have to cut the tape, clean the protector before applying the tape. Peel off the protector's backing, and push the edges of the tailgate protector down until it's in place.
Step 3: If your tailgate protector needs to be secured by screws, we advise checking the tailgate for electric wirings first. If there's a risk of hitting wiring, adjust the location of your mounting holes.
Step 4: Using an electric drill, drill mounting holes on the corners of the protector and tailgate. Thread the screws in and tighten with the help of a screwdriver. Once the tailgate is somewhat held in place, complete drilling the rest of the mounting holes and securing the rest of the screws.
- Wear protective eyewear when drilling.
- To prevent rust on your screws, treat the screws using a rust-inhibiting primer.
- Clean your tailgate protector regularly to prevent rust and corrosion buildup.