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Are Windshield Shades JUST For Summer And Winter Use?

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We discuss how windshield shades block UV rays to prevent the build-up of internal heat, cracked dashboards and faded upholstery – plus external versions that prevent ice build-up!

Did you ever walk through a crowded mall or beach parking lot in the summer and spot a flickering shade of a carton windshield with a pair of sunglasses printed on the upside? It may even have the word “HELP” in big letters on the other side, as if you had time to position it in a real emergency.

You’ve seen these shades of cardboard sun – covered with stains from inevitable spills, curled up at the corners due to moisture and permanently bent out of shape because the owner once stowed it carelessly without realizing how easily it damages.

Fortunately, the days of the cheap corner-store sun shades have ended with advanced materials and clever designs. Welcome to the modern world of shades of windshields that protect your interior in the summer. And, shades that make your winter life easier.

In particular, significant improvements have been introduced in the previously imprecise windshield shades business. First, a number of manufacturers have introduced shades that fit a particular year, make and model car – ensuring an excellent fit. In addition, windshield shades are weatherproof and can be installed on the outside of the glass, allowing you to clear snow, frost condensation and ice in a matter of seconds.

Sun Shades Install Inside to Keep Your Interior Cool

When it comes to fighting oppressive heat and scalding indoor temperatures, we have sun shades that fit like a glove – blocking the inside of your entire windshield thanks to suction cups that keep everything in place without falling.

And because the sun shades we offer fully block ultraviolet rays, interior components don’t suffer the ravages of the sun. Dashboard tops are less likely to crack, vinyl upholstery won’t fade, leather won’t dry up, and interior plastics are less likely to off-gas which can fog the inside of the glass and leave the air inside your vehicle filled with toxic chemicals.

Our shades come from some of the company’s most famous brands. To begin with, we have a vehicle-specific Tech Shade Sun Shade from Weather Tech. Suction cups help keep it in place and it rolls up easily for storage. With a full 3-year warranty, Weather Tech supports this product.

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Snow Shades Install on the Outside of Your Window to Prevent Snow & Ice Buildup

If you live in a cold weather climate, we have snow shades that are designed to be mounted over the glass on the outside of your windshield, and then secured with ends that snuggle between closed doors to protect theft. Some have other straps. When you’re ready to go, just peel the cover to reveal a clear windshield – no snow to wipe, ice to scrape away, or long warm – up until the car’s defroster begins to work.

Sun Shade Protection for Other Vehicle Windows

Since the sun not only selects your front windshield to beam through, we also have vehicle-specific sun shade kits for side windows, rear windows and glass sunroofs. Or select a full-vehicle kit that includes all!

As we mentioned, the world of shades of windshields has been greatly improved by our forward-thinking manufacturers. If you don’t have a shade, or if the one you have doesn’t really fit well, do a favor and see how affordable and simple it is to protect the interior of your car from the sun’s harmful effects.

 

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If You Care About Your Car And Pet Ask Yourself, Which Seat Cover Works Best With All Parties?

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Dogs love to ride in cars; it’s in their nature. However, there can be costly damage to the upholstery. We examine your vehicle and your dog’s seat covers and hammocks.

If you have a dog, you’re probably already aware of the joy of bringing them in your car or truck. Part of the best friend and part of the family, dogs appreciate every nuance that driving in a car brings – things we enjoyed as kids, but as adults we forgot. Watching the scenery, hanging a head out the window for a cool wind and watching other animals in passing are just some of the things that make dogs enjoy the ride.

However, in their excitement, dogs simply don’t realize that sensitive upholstery can damage easily –leaving scars that can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to repair. And if you lack the time or funds to get such damage fixed promptly, you’ll spend a lot of time wincing as your eye repeatedly falls upon the damaged areas.

In this article, we will review seat covers specially designed for animals that protect the interior of your vehicle from scratches, wetness, accidents, mud, drool, hair and other things that dogs are dragging along. With any of the pet seat covers from our selection fitted in your vehicle, you can give your dog(s) the happiness they deserve while YOU enjoy comfort from knowing a smart money purchase has been made that will effectively protect the sizeable investment known as your automobile. After all, dogs do a lot for us –so why not return a favor to them?

Pet Door Protectors

The interior of the door side is often overlooked when it comes to pet-proofing your vehicle. The fact is, however, that the sides of your doors are most prone to damage because dogs constantly clutch their way up to the window. That’s why we offer the Canine Covers Dog Door Shield with smooth polyester material front and the Classic Accessories Dog about Vehicle Door Protector with imitation suede across its entire face should you prefer material that’s softer and more padded. Both offer quick installation and removal without tools thanks to retention tabs that slide easily between the window glass and door panel.

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Hammock Style Seat Protectors For Bench Seats

If your dog is older and has trouble climbing stairs with his hind legs, it is almost impossible to remain balanced during braking on an automobile seat. Worst-case panic stops often cause injury when fewer agile animals fall on the floor and bump down hard center consoles. The hammock – style seat covers not only provide complete comfort and protection for the main seating area, they prevent falls by cradling your pet if they lean off the edge of the seat. Thanks to straps that slip around the front and rear headrests, all the hammocks we offer are easily installed.

Pet Seat Covers For Bucket Seats

If your dog rides along in the front seat or a rear captain’s chair, we’ve got universal-fitting covers designed specifically for individual bucket seats. The Canine Covers Semi-Custom Bucket Seat Protector features a skirt that drops down 7 inches over exposed seat edges, and features three elastic straps that keep it snug against the seatback no matter what the dimensions of your seat are. In the Product Options field, you’ll see this seat cover is offered with various materials such as polycotton, imitation suede, and polyester camouflage patterns – all of which are available in multiple color choices.

 Custom-Fitting Pet Seat Covers For Bench Seats

Most pet seat covers are universal, which means that they fit all vehicles in one size. However, we offer several custom – fit and semi – custom – fit designs that fit your make and model’s seat contours like a glove. Either designation is clearly noted near the top paragraph of any description of the seat cover product. If the Product Options box prompts you to enter the vehicle manufacture, model and year, the cover for the pet seat you are looking for is a customized or semi – custom design.

Universal-Fitting Covers for Bench Seats

Due to lower production costs, universal pet seat covers are typically priced lower than those that are customized. These also make excellent covers because they are designed to anchor firmly in place with adjustable straps and buckles for headrests in the second row as well as anchor bars between seat backs and seat covers.

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You May Have Been Asking Yourself, Is It Hard To Install A Set Of Custom Seat Covers? It’s Actually Not!

Seat covers have really come a long way in design and construction. Computer-assisted design and better production methods have enabled the creation of modern seat covers that fit individual brands and models – stretching over every contour like a glove. And today’s covers remain form – fittingly snug over every fold and crease – even under heavy use – thanks to modern materials. Passengers will not notice that they are add – ons, and you may forget that they are not original equipment. Installation is relatively easy and does not require any tools because the seat covers we sell are equipped with all straps, zippers and clips to be secured snugly.

Seat covers are available in two basic styles: “Universal” and “Custom – Fit.” Universal fit seat covers are not created with a specific design in mind, and therefore have a one – piece shape that slides in one swoop over both the seat back and the seat bottom.

In this article, we’ll focus on the installation steps involved for custom-fit seat covers that are designed for the exact sizes, contours, and dimensions of your vehicle’s seats. (For a comparative look at the differences between custom-fit and universal seat covers, we invite you to read our related article on the subject.)

Installation steps are essentially the same whether your vehicle has individual bucket seats, split folding seats, or one-piece bench seats. Your custom-fit seat cover kit will include cover pieces for each separate seat back and seat bottom section -front and rear. Regardless of how wide your vehicle’s seats are, the cover pieces go on in a similar fashion.

For example, if you have a seat in the front or rear bench, you will have a large seat bottom cushion and a large seat back cushion if the seat has no folding sections. If only the back section of the seat folds down separately, multiple back seat covers will be available. And if your vehicle has a 2nd row seat assembly that folds for access to the 3rd row, your kit will contain multiple seat back covers and multiple seat bottom parts.

Lay out all the cover pieces before starting the installation, to be sure which is front, rear, left, right, etc.

 

Step 1

If your headrests can be removed, first remove them from their anchor points. (Hint: Check the vehicle owner’s manual for headrest removal instructions.)

Step 2

Slide the cover of the seat back over the seat. Typically, customized seat covers have perforations in the material in the exact locations necessary to allow headrest attachments to penetrate and remain exposed. Note that seats with non – removable headrests may have separate cover pieces that use elastic straps to maintain snugness around their bottom area.

Step 3

From the front, as far as possible, tuck the bottom part of the seat cover into the gap between the back seat and the bottom seat.

Step 4

Pull the bottom flap from the back of the seat. Customized covers usually have another flap that folds down and attaches to the section that has just been pulled. Use the provided fasteners or snaps to attach the two flaps. If you have zippers on your seat cover, pull them off to increase snugness. Before the attachment is made, work down the seat cover to make it as snug as possible.

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Step 5

Place the bottom part of the seat on the seat and tuck the tail end through the gap between the two covers. If this piece has clips at the end of the tail, make sure it also goes to the other side. Note that the bottom of the seat does not need to be removed on most vehicles. If the seat folds, however, you may find that folding it part-way up makes this part of the installation easier.

Step 6

Your bottom part of the seat can be fitted with straps attached to the front. These are designed to run under the seat assembly, so that they can be tucked under the seat frame and pulled from the back. Your bottom part of the seat can be fitted with straps attached to the front. These are designed to run under the seat assembly, so that they can be tucked under the seat frame and pulled from the back.

In some cases, the straps can be designed to tuck through the rear seat gap, run under the seat frame to the front of the vehicle and attached to the front of the seat frame at that point. Some bottom seat covers have straps running from front to back and side to side. Take your time and fit the seat cover as snugly as you can against the seat before the final tightening is completed.

Step 7

Some seat bottom covers can be fitted with straps on the back corners. The end pieces are designed to be attached to the clips under the seat at the end of the nylon straps. In some cases, they may be intended to clip onto the seat frame itself. Instructions that come with your seat cover kit will specify.

Step 8

Install the separate cover pieces over the previously removed headrests of the factory (if the vehicle is so equipped). The covers usually wrap around the headrest and secure with fasteners or snaps in place. Note! If there are access tabs or straps, be sure to leave them exposed. This of course also applies to the covers on the seat backs and bottoms.

Step 9

If the seats of your vehicle are equipped with attached armrests, separate cover pieces are included in your customized seat cover kit. After the seat back cover is fitted and tightened, the armrest covers are installed and secured using the attachment methods.

After seeing how easy it is to install custom seat covers, we hope that the biggest hurdle has now been eliminated that prevents you from ordering them and enjoying their benefits!

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DIY Installation of Dash And Rear Deck Covers!

Dash and rear deck covers protect new car dashes and hide cracks and fades cheaply on old cars. We show you the easy steps of installation.

We have pointed out that dashboards and rear deck areas are usually among the most neglected areas of your vehicle in other areas of our website. They are constantly exposed to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun, but they still need zero maintenance.

This effect is worse than ever on today’s vehicles. The front and rear window angles are much more horizontal in order to maximize aerodynamic efficiency – exposing larger quantities of surface area below them for longer time as the sun passes through the sky.

Dash covers and rear deck covers provide protection for new cars with unblemished dashes and offer a cost-effective way to hide unsightly cracks and fade on surfaces that have been around for several seasons.

We will cover the quick and easy steps involved in the installation of a dash or deck cover in this installation. When you read this article, you’ll see that when it comes to fitting a front or rear cover, there’s nothing to fear. For more details on specific products we offer, we encourage you to read our related articles regarding front dashboard covers as well as covers for the rear window deck of your vehicle.

Molded Vs. Non-Molded Covers

It should be noted that there are two different types of dash covers: molded and non-molded. Methods of installation for each type differ, and we will therefore cover both methods further. We offer rear deck covers that fall into the non-molded category.

The dash covers “molded” are more rigid than flexible and have a hard or semi-hard surface that resembles the original dashboard of your vehicle. They are shaped permanently to suit every contour of your dash – no matter how small or nuanced. Therefore, few (if any) adjustments during installation are necessary. Molded dash covers cannot be rolled up and sent in a long, narrow box.

“Un molded” covers are made of softer materials (often carpeting), which makes them much more flexible. While your individual car or truck is also sized and shaped in a vehicle-specific way, the fit is looser and not as tight against your original dash. After attaching a non-molded cover to your dash, it is likely that some final “conforming” must be done by hand. Un molded covers can be rolled up without damage and should be packaged more compactly.

Rear Deck Cover Installation

The rear deck covers that we sell are installed in a simple, straightforward way. These deck covers come with a set of stick pads for sticking and adhering to the existing surface of your vehicle under the window. Also included will be adhesive strips for the underside of the rear deck covers -these mates with the bits that adhere to your OEM panel. Once you have installed several on both edges and one in the center, simply lay down the rear deck and press the adhesive strip sections together to ensure that things remain in place.

Step 1: Clean and Prepare Your Dashboard Surface

The dashboard surface must be properly cleaned to ensure adhesive sticks to it, no matter what method you use to attach your cover. It is important to use an ammonia-based cleaner such as Windex and to avoid other solvents such as paint thinner, acetone or petroleum-based products. Spray the area thoroughly and use clean clothes and rags.

Ideally, the surface of the dashboard should still have its original textured grain. If yours has spots that have worn smooth, use some fine-grain sandpaper on those areas in order to scuff things up a little while the surface is still damp. When you’re satisfied with all results, wipe everything until the surface is completely clean. All vinyl protective agents and polishes such as Armor All have to be removed thoroughly. Sandpaper is also effective in removing any caked-on grime baked into a hard resin by sunlight.

Step 2: Prepare Your Dash Cover for Installation

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Molded Covers

If you have a molded dashboard overlay, clean the underside of your dashboard in the same way you did. When you clean, look for any excess coloring dye spray that may have been accidentally deposited when the top surface is colored. If you find any, sandpaper will remove it quickly and easily.

After the cleaning stage, adhesive is applied from a tube supplied with the kit to the underside of the cover. Apply a small adhesive bead to all edges of the cover and edges of any cutouts. Make sure that the adhesive you use is about 1/2 to 1 inch away from the edges -nothing squeezes out when the cover is mounted on the dash. No matter how tempting it may seem, do not apply any adhesive to the center areas, because when the sunlight hits it, the dash cover cannot expand and contract freely.

Non-Molded Covers

Since un molded covers are soft and flexible, adhesive is usually not used on them. Instead, thanks to an adhesive back, you’ll use adhesive strips that stick to the dash. If your kit has a long roll of adhesive strips, cut it into 2″ long sections. Peel the protective paper from each tab and press the pieces for about 10 seconds on the dashboard. Instructions that come with your kit can tell you where to place them – no matter how important it is to evenly space them out. Anywhere on the dashboard surface there is a sharp bend or crease, put a piece of adhesive tape to ensure go

Step 3: Position the Cover On Your Dashboard

Molded Covers

Place your molded cover on top of the dash and rub all the edges on which the adhesive was applied to press things. Wedge some folded-up cardboard pieces between your cover and the windshield base while the adhesive is drying. This ensures that there is steady, even pressure at critical points.

Non-Molded Covers

For things like automatic headlight sensors and vents that can be placed along your dash, it is important to first check that cutout holes exist with non-molded covers. Your un molded dash cover will most likely arrive and you will need holes already cut out. If not, check the underside of the cover for markings or perforated holes. If they are not present either, marking and cutting new holes with scissors is relatively easy.

Place the cover on the dash and pre-form it. This is done by bending, folding and creating the material to match your dashboard shape. To line up your dash cover, use your defroster vents as a guide. A putty knife can help to tuck your cover further back between the windshield and the dashboard front during this process. If the front edge of your non-molded dash cover is wavy between the windshield and the defroster vents, create tension on both sides of the ripples by pulling the dash cover on the hook and loop fasteners.

Your non-molded cover piece will generally be easier to comply with the dashboard at warmer temperatures. Give it a couple of days after initial installation to fully conform, and then adjust as necessary.

Once you’ve installed either style of dashboard cover, you’ll reflect back at how affordable and easy to install they were, then find yourself wishing you had put one in sooner. Just remember, effortless interior protection isn’t limited to just dash covers -we’ve also got seat covers and floor mats you’ll also appreciate.