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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.

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  • Installation Tips for Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Fender Flares

    Perhaps you parked your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD a bit too close to the wall. Or maybe you've got yourself bigger tires for your truck and you need a set of custom flares to match. But whatever the reason may be, installing new fender flares on the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD can be quite exciting. But it's not a task that should be hurried or taken lightly. If not properly installed, the fender flares might fall off or prevent the wheels from moving freely, posing a hazard while on the road.

    Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD fender flares sold in the market today have their own respective installation procedures, so make sure to carefully follow the instructions they came with. Here are some additional tips you might also want to consider during installation:

    Tip #1: Clean the area.

    Fender flares are usually mounted onto the edge of the wheel well through industrial-grade adhesive backing. However, the adhesive will not stick properly if the wheel well is dirty or dusty, so make sure to wash this area first. It is also recommended to wipe the area with a clean rag soaked with alcohol to remove any wax or polish residue.

    Tip #2: Verify the fit.

    Hold the flare next to the side of the fender and check if it is the correct type and fit prior to installation. You can also use a grease pencil to mark the areas where the adhesive backing will be placed for easier mounting later on.

    Tip #3: Do not over-tighten the bolts.

    Tightening the bolts beyond the manufacturer's recommended torque may strain and damage the area around the mounting holes. In some models, the bolts have more of a decorative purpose than a functional one and should not actually be used to fasten the flares to the vehicle. For the same reason, it is not advised to apply superglue or a similar liquid adhesive on the bolts.

    Tip #4: Cut notches in the extrusion tape.

    For fender flares that have rubber extrusion seals, cut notches on the corners of the tape to allow it to conform to the angles of the flare. This is especially critical near the headlight area, as moisture tends to seep easily through this part of the flare and weaken its adhesive backing.