Bugs and rock chips can really ding up a new truck which is why I installed a new Weathertech Low Profile Hood Protector on our long-term 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 review truck.
After a few weeks with it installed, I have to say it looks great! The install was pretty painless except for one thing I would have done differently.
The hood protector came from AmericanTrucks.com and is rather inexpensive at $94.95. It comes in a long cardboard box and it arrived with no damage to the box.
Opening the box, you will find a quick one-pager with directions and the protector.
The instructions are as you’d expect. Clean the hood with soap and water, dry it completely, test fit the protector then, starting from the middle, peel off the adhesive cover on the underside to adhere it to the hood. Then, once the protector is in place and pushed in, peel off the top layer. Voila! It is that easy.
The one thing I would have done differently is I would have popped the hood slightly and made sure to leave about a 1/16″ inch gap from the bottom of the hood to the protector. Why? The bottom lip of the protector can be rather sharp and leaving this gap would have allowed me to open the hood easily without feeling like I’m cutting off my fingers.
AmericanTrucks.com does offer different versions of the protector and you can find a taller one to further protect the hood from bugs and rock chips. I prefer the lower profile since it really does blend into the truck and you hardly notice it.
My only gripe with a hood protector is you have to be more careful when selecting car washes for a touch-free wash. If you use the ones that aren’t touch-free, you could run the risk of damaging the protector – likely more of an issue the older it gets.
I hate rock chips on the hood and bugs on the windshield. For less than a $100 and 20 minutes of your time, I took care of both to a certain degree and I do really like the look.
Editor’s note: AmericanTrucks.com provided us the hood protector to review at no cost to us.
I once installed a similat bug guard on a 1994 Silverado. It cost me about 1,5 mpg.