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Hey guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com and today we're taking a really quick look at the Rear Truck Bed Spoiler available for the 2014 to 2018 Silverado 1500. You should be checking this out if you're looking for an aggressive street-like styling for your Silverado, something that makes it just stand out a little bit from the crowd. You know, there's a lot of trucks that look pretty much the same and adding this truck bed spoiler can do wonders to make yours stand out. And, again, it just gives it a more street truck styling something a little bit more aggressive and maybe even a little bit more modernized than some of the new ones on the street.Now this one is made from a durable, very lightweight polyurethane construction which is an impact-resistant and UV-resistant material. It has a very smooth matte black finish and with that UV resistance you know it's not gonna fade over time. Being on the roof it's the most susceptible part of the truck that is going to fade over time and this one will definitely last a lot longer than some of the other products out there. With that it's also very lightweight, it's not very hard to install whatsoever and there's no drilling required. It's about 200 bucks and that price tag does make it go along the way for exterior appearance especially your side profile and the rear-end look.Now, keep in mind guys, this is in no way, shape or form meant for downforce, right? It's not meant to keep more tire planet at the ground. It's strictly exterior appearance only. Don't be expecting to pick up any kind of downforce with this thing, really just for looks. Install, I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home in about 30 minutes or less, extremely simple stuff here, no drilling required, no cutting, none of that nonsense. It sticks right on with 3M automotive grade tape already applied to the back of it so you don't even have to cut up a fresh roll. It also comes with a polyurethane sealant from 3M to help you get extra adhesive and I'll walk you through some of those details in just a minute.With that in mind, guys, let me walk you through it. The tools used in this install include a soap and water mixture in a squirt bottle, a microfiber, alcohol wipe, and the polyurethane sealant included in the kit. Well, guys, the first step here is, of course, just to clean off the entire area we'll be applying our truck spoiler to. Now, the reason you want to do that is because if you have all the dirt and grime that you see on our truck here it's gonna prohibit the 3M tape for making a really good bond with the vehicle and that's crucial. Of course, we're gonna be talking about a part like this that's gonna see a lot of air, especially on the highway. You definitely don't want all that downforce pushing it off so we need a really good bond.Grab a soap and water mixture and a squirt bottle and a clean microfiber and get to work cleaning it up. Now, soap and water is absolutely the best thing you can use. The secondary item would be alcohol wipes but you do not want to use anything like Windex or Quick Detailer because that will leave residue behind. It will clean off the car but it will leave its own residue which, of course, can still prohibit that bond. So soap and water is the best thing. So we're just gonna spray down the cab right up here, use our microfiber and clean this off. All right, now once that's taken care of I actually have a small alcohol wipe here, something that's not too, too damp and I'm just gonna go along the edges where that 3M would be. You don't have to go too crazy with this. We're just gonna go right around the edges here where that 3M would typically adhere. Now, there's a couple of steps here, one of which we're not actually gonna do but you guys want to do at home. That's gonna be our sealant.Now there's 3M polyurethane sealant included in the kit, this full tube exactly like the one I have here. What this is gonna do is align the outside edge right outside of the 3M tape to really give a good adhesion and a complete sealant of all edges making it water-proof so nothing is gonna get in and, you know, obstruct that 3M. This 3M is made to stick. This is just an added safety layer. You definitely want to do this. We're not going to because this is gonna come right off at the end of this video, we're not keeping this on our truck but since you are gonna be leaving that on yours make sure you use this. You want to grab the needle right off the top here, thread it on after you poke a hole through the middle and you're basically just gonna hold this up and go right along the edge.You don't need too much it's just about a quarter-inch maybe even a little less than that and cover the edges. Once that's taken care of, peel back edges of that 3M just like I have here. I'm gonna peel back and just get it to the outside of the spoiler. You want to do that for every strip. There's a lot of strips, you might now realize but every corner here has its own strip. So get all of these peeled back enough so you can grab it. Now, at this point you have two options, you can hold this into place, use masking tape to mark it off, take it off, peel off your 3M and then stick it. What I like to do is just get it lined up where you want it, which is typically gonna be right around that third brake light. You want to use that as your guide, that and the bottom.You don't want to press down too hard you want to leave yourself room for adjustment. Once you get it where you like it, use the edges on the sides as a guide as well. It looks like maybe we want to go over to the side just a little bit more. All right, once you get it where you like it hold that in place and peel off the 3M. All right, now I'm just gonna put a little bit of pressure on the bottom portion, peel off the sides, and finish right across the top. Now keeping it exactly where it is you want to put the pressure all around the spoiler and just hold for a minute.All right. So once you put pressure all around and it's stuck you want to leave it there. The 3M, the sealant, and the cleaning of the entire area are the three crucial parts of the install. You don't want to skip the sealant if you really want this to stay on your truck. If it's only temporary, maybe you can skip the sealant but I assume a lot of you guys are gonna want this on your truck for the long haul that sealant's gonna come in a crucial part. So once you have that finished you're good to go. I would recommend leaving this out of the rain or snow or sleet or hail for at least 24 hours. Let it sit before being exposed to the elements.Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Rear Truck Bed Spoiler in matte black. available for the '14 to '18 Silverado 1500. If you want to pick this up. you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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