Officially Unofficial R1T Aftermarket Accessories Discussion + Reviews

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  1. Paint Sealant + Polish kit by Klasse
    1. Been using this for 20 years and as I have mentioned many times before, I'm not a fan of ceramic coatings on paint due to the disproportionate cost vs. durability. Klasse offers protection up to 12 months, has an amazing deep shine, and requires no expensive paint prep. Detailers will apply it for the cost of a typical wax/detail.
  2. Plastic+Trim: Cerakote Trim Protection
    1. Easy to apply and durable enough to survive a winter/salt season. Really does make trim look brand new again.
I’m writing in to say I used the two products above and I couldn’t be more pleased!

For the Klasse product I washed my car, clay bared it, applied the included Klasse all-in-one with an orbital sander and paint correction pad, and twice applied (whisper thin) the included Klasse sealant with the orbital and a waxing pad.

That was 8 weeks ago — and I park on the driveway under a tree — and the paint is absolutely bulletproof. Bugs from long drives spray off with water. Nothing seems to stick to the paint. It beads like I waxed it yesterday. Indeed, I’m not sure I’ll need to wash the car with soap for a while because a spray from the hose cleans the paint like a $20 wash.

Absolutely recommended! COST: $50 for the kit, which still has over half left after doing all the above to my vehicle, my partner’s vehicle and my folk’s vehicle too. They say it looks better than it did new, and it’s 12 years old.

For the Ceracoat product I washed the trim and wheels then degreased both. This was hard work on the tires where it took multiple efforts—letting the degreaser soak in, semi-scrubbing, etc, until the tires were jet black and wouldn’t give a black smear on a wet rag. I let it all dry thoroughly. Then I applied the ceracoat as recommended. I have no memory of what this involved really, beyond rub it on and buff it off. I did whatever the bottle and a few YouTube’s recommended.

That was also about 8 weeks ago and the water still beads on the tires! I swear they’re now untouchable. Nothing will stick to them, dirt sprays right off or never sticks in the first place. They‘re also still jet black—not glossy per se, but just right: tire-colored black like they’re brand new.

(FWIW, I also applied Aquapel to the windows and have mixed feelings. It’s super durable, still beading on the windows after the same 8 weeks. But somehow my wipers can’t remove all the water when I try. That is, they sometimes smash the beaded water droplets into a million tiny droplets that won’t wipe away. Also dirt sometimes smears on the window instead of wiping off with the wipers and windshield spray. When it wears off I probably won’t reapply.)

That’s it for the reviews. Thanks @SASSquatch for your literally life-changing recommendations! I’ll be using Klasse and Ceracoat Trim as long as they’re available, hopefully for years to come!

 
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Got these screen protectors and am completely happy with them:

Screen ProTech
I have these as well. HF they were a pain to install. I used to own a sign company, so did vehicle wraps and vinyl applications all the time. This tiny little screen was harder to wrap than a smart car (Small with lots of curves).

That being said, in order to install this product with any measure of success, you need to:
a) first, clean the interior of the truck completely of all dust. Any minute speck of dust will instantly become attracted to the vinyl.
B) wash you hands thoroughly and wear lint free clothing. I gave up and took my shirt off. keep your hands wet, as well.
c) if you have access to a conditioned garage, do it there. Turn off any fans to reduce the chance of dust entering the truck.
d) keep the display off or on dark mode.
e) using a spray bottle, wet both sides of the vinyl before you remove the backer. This will keep the static down. I add a little dish soap to make it easier to slide. A drop or two per liter is sufficient. I use Dawn.
f) Everyone has their own style, but i like to tape the center like a hinge and work to the outside, one side at a time. You can lay it all down in one piece, but the screen will need to be wet if you do it this way. I rolled up a clean, damp, lint free rag above and below the screen to avoid overspray.

Able all, you need to avoid dust. I used a squeegee with a fabric edge so as not to catch on the material, but so long as you work from the center out to clear all the air bubbles, you should be fine. If you get dust trapped, remove and rinse the entire thing, clean the screen again thoroughly, using a squeegee to get all debris off the screen, re-wet, and reapply. I bought the extra pieces for $15, just in case.

Good luck!
 

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I have these as well. HF they were a pain to install. I used to own a sign company, so did vehicle wraps and vinyl applications all the time. This tiny little screen was harder to wrap than a smart car (Small with lots of curves).

That being said, in order to install this product with any measure of success, you need to:
a) first, clean the interior of the truck completely of all dust. Any minute speck of dust will instantly become attracted to the vinyl.
B) wash you hands thoroughly and wear lint free clothing. I gave up and took my shirt off. keep your hands wet, as well.
c) if you have access to a conditioned garage, do it there. Turn off any fans to reduce the chance of dust entering the truck.
d) keep the display off or on dark mode.
e) using a spray bottle, wet both sides of the vinyl before you remove the backer. This will keep the static down. I add a little dish soap to make it easier to slide. A drop or two per liter is sufficient. I use Dawn.
f) Everyone has their own style, but i like to tape the center like a hinge and work to the outside, one side at a time. You can lay it all down in one piece, but the screen will need to be wet if you do it this way. I rolled up a clean, damp, lint free rag above and below the screen to avoid overspray.

Able all, you need to avoid dust. I used a squeegee with a fabric edge so as not to catch on the material, but so long as you work from the center out to clear all the air bubbles, you should be fine. If you get dust trapped, remove and rinse the entire thing, clean the screen again thoroughly, using a squeegee to get all debris off the screen, re-wet, and reapply. I bought the extra pieces for $15, just in case.

Good luck!
Having no experience at all, my install was a breeze. Yeah, clean the screen, clean your hands thoroughly, keep the film and screen wet to aid sliding film around until ready. Also put a little water on the squeegee so it slips easily. Be on a screen where erroneous button pushes aren't an issue.
 
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I’m writing in to say I used the two products above and I couldn’t be more pleased!

For the Klasse product I washed my car, clay bared it, applied the included Klasse all-in-one with an orbital sander and paint correction pad, and twice applied (whisper thin) the included Klasse sealant with the orbital and a waxing pad.

That was 8 weeks ago — and I park on the driveway under a tree — and the paint is absolutely bulletproof. Bugs from long drives spray off with water. Nothing seems to stick to the paint. It beads like I waxed it yesterday. Indeed, I’m not sure I’ll need to wash the car with soap for a while because a spray from the hose cleans the paint like a $20 wash.

Absolutely recommended! COST: $50 for the kit, which still has over half left after doing all the above to my vehicle, my partner’s vehicle and my folk’s vehicle too. They say it looks better than it did new, and it’s 12 years old.

For the Ceracoat product I washed the trim and wheels then degreased both. This was hard work on the tires where it took multiple efforts—letting the degreaser soak in, semi-scrubbing, etc, until the tires were jet black and wouldn’t give a black smear on a wet rag. I let it all dry thoroughly. Then I applied the ceracoat as recommended. I have no memory of what this involved really, beyond rub it on and buff it off. I did whatever the bottle and a few YouTube’s recommended.

That was also about 8 weeks ago and the water still beads on the tires! I swear they’re now untouchable. Nothing will stick to them, dirt sprays right off or never sticks in the first place. They‘re also still jet black—not glossy per se, but just right: tire-colored black like they’re brand new.

(FWIW, I also applied Aquapel to the windows and have mixed feelings. It’s super durable, still beading on the windows after the same 8 weeks. But somehow my wipers can’t remove all the water when I try. That is, they sometimes smash the beaded water droplets into a million tiny droplets that won’t wipe away. Also dirt sometimes smears on the window instead of wiping off with the wipers and windshield spray. When it wears off I probably won’t reapply.)

That’s it for the reviews. Thanks @SASSquatch for your literally life-changing recommendations! I’ll be using Klasse and Ceracoat Trim as long as they’re available, hopefully for years to come!
I'm really glad that you are enjoying the products. At this point, Klasse in particular owes me some royalties because I've been giving them shout outs for years and most people have never heard of them.

Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience! Keep us posted on how long your bulletproof shine lasts. It will be a PSA for those thinking about spending thousands of dollars on a ceramic coat for their paint.
 

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