Jokes aside, most ugly trucks were made that way over years of use. The simple fact is, it’s hard to keep a truck looking great when you use it for work every day.
Still, there are some simple things you can do to make sure your truck doesn’t get ugly (or at least as ugly as it could).
Paint Protection – Periodically waxing your truck’s paint job is the very best way to keep the paint looking new. The more often you can wax, the more effective it will be.
As for technique, it’s hard to find a better resource than this article: The Ultimate 28 Hour New Truck Detailing Guide, which is a great reference for anyone who wants to learn more about detailing their vehicle.
Keep It Simple – Accessories and add-ons are usually great for upgrading and personalizing your truck, but you don’t want to go crazy. Check out this truck:
There’s a nice truck under there, but it’s covered up by a lot craziness. Less is more.
Grille Guards, Bull Bars, and Steel Bumpers FTW – Few accessories look better on a pickup truck than a nice grille guard, bull bar, or steel bumper.
If you opt for a “shiny” grille guard or bull bar, be sure to polish it regularly (assuming you can do that – some stainless steel parts have a special coating that you shouldn’t polish).
A Small Lift and Bigger Tires – Another great “trick” to making your truck look great – put a small lift on it along with some upgraded tires. A “small” lift would be less than 3″, as anything larger usually requires major modifications.
In fact, a simple front-end lift and a slightly larger set of tires can make a world of difference.
Protect The Interior – A set of seat covers and some heavy-duty floor mats are great at keeping your interior looking new.
When it comes to floor mats, you can go with the name brands like Husky or WeatherTech, but we suggest checking out the MaxLiner brand, which offers the same levels of protection at a much lower price.
Beware Cheap Exterior Accessories – There are a lot of cheap running boards, “stick on” chrome parts, low cost mud flaps, etc., available for trucks. While some of these parts can be great, many of them deteriorate and start to look pretty ugly after a year or two.