Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Fender Flares
How to Maintain the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Fender Flares
Care and maintenance of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD fender flares is often overlooked by many because it seems to be quite a hassle to do, but it is actually pretty easy and will take only several minutes to an hour of your time. In this guide, we've listed down some key maintenance tips to use on fender flares.
- Clean with mild soap and water.
A trip to the drive-in car wash should be able to remove most dirt and grime on the surface of the fender flare, but for a more thorough cleaning we recommend doing it by hand. Manual washing of the flares will allow you to clean those hard-to-reach parts of the flare, such as the bolt holes for instance, that are often overlooked in automatic car washes. Make sure to use only mild detergent when cleaning the flares, as harsher cleaning solutions may strip away the initial protective layer on the fender flare surface and make it more exposed to sun damage.
- Take note of sagging or rattling noises.
If you notice any of these signs on your fender flare, it may indicate that the adhesive backing may be losing its hold. The adhesive backing used in fender flares tends to lose its strength over time, which may further be accelerated by moisture and dirt seeping through the tape. In most cases, replacing the adhesive is the best fix, although we also recommend checking the rubberized seals of the flare for signs of leakage.
- Refurbish faded flares with tire cleaner.
One little-known secret to make old unpainted fender flares looking like new is by coating them with tire cleaners. The silicone polymer compounds found in tire cleaners also do a great job of leaving an enduring shine on unpainted flares as it is on tires. Most tire cleaners also contain UV-ray inhibitors that can protect the flare from fading further.
- Consider repainting the flares.
If the surface of the fender flare looks really aged, you may want to consider the option of repainting them. Plastic-bonding spray paint sticks well to most fender flare models, while rubberized flares can be coated with epoxy paint. Make sure to clean the area first and mask with old newspaper and painter's tape to prevent overspray onto the fenders or, better yet, remove the flares from the fender for a mess-free painting session.