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Aluminium ute canopy care 101: Best practices for sustaining its quality and functionality

For those making the proper investment into an aluminium Ute canopy, it's important to know how best to take care of such an investment. An aluminium Ute canopy's maintenance aspect isn't difficult but requires proper know-how and consistency. This will help to ensure longevity and ensure that the functionality is as optimal as possible.

Regular cleaning and washing

As with most preventative care tips, cleaning and washing is crucial in providing you with a long-lasting aluminium Ute canopy. This will help to remove all of the dirt, dust and grime that would otherwise build up over time, especially the buildup of corrosive substances that can potentially damage the aluminium Ute canopy. Use a simple and mild cleaning detergent and use a nonabrasive cloth or sponge to wash the Ute canopy. Otherwise, it will scratch the aluminium.

Rust prevention through lubrication

Rust is something that can easily destroy and rot away on your aluminium Ute canopy. The best way to prevent that is to lubricate all the moving parts. These are anything that moves, such as sliding parts, locks, and hinges.

You want to use a silicone-based lubricant because it’ll be a non-reactive lubricant with aluminium. What this will do is help to prevent friction during any type of movement that can end up leading to corrosion over time. That corrosion can help cause rust to occur, and with the right lubrication, you can extend the lifespan of your aluminium Ute canopy instead.

Make sure to have proper weatherproofing with the right sealant

Another area to help with the longevity of your aluminium Ute canopy is weatherproofing. There's a good chance that you'll be exposed to the elements, which means you'll want to regularly check your seals and gaskets, especially after extreme weather situations. You'll quickly see where areas need to be resealed and help to have a proper layer of protection against moisture and also protect everything inside the aluminium Ute canopy.

Have a periodic inspection and maintenance schedule

Don’t just do an ad hoc check once in a while. Check consistently the wear and tear that’s on your aluminium Ute canopy. This will help you find minor issues before they become major issues that need additional costly repairs to get back in the proper shape and condition.

You want to always be on the lookout for scratches, dents or parts that start to feel a bit looser than they need to. Retightening screws and making sure minor adjustments are done will help save you money down the line. 

In the end

Don't let your investment deteriorate when it doesn't have to as proper care through cleaning, lubrication and weatherproofing will make your aluminium Ute canopy feel as if it's as good as new every day. 

Keeping to an effective schedule will help you know that it's time for check-in and that it's going to be a lot less laborious than replacing total parts due to improper maintenance and care. As always, we’re here to help you with any needs related to your aluminium Ute canopy. 

Our aluminium Ute canopy are proudly made in NZ at our workshop in East Tamaki.  Get in touch with us if you're interested in upgrading or looking at a new canopy build.