Dodge Dakota Nerf Bars
Key Maintenance Pointers for the Dodge Dakota Nerf Bars
Keeping the nerf bars of your Dodge Dakota well-maintained may be a hassle, but it is essential if you want to make the most out of it. The Dodge Dakota nerf bars are still susceptible to wear after all, and without proper care, you may end up repairing or replacing it sooner than you think. Below are some key pointers to follow in maintaining the nerf bars:
- Clean the bars regularly.
Washing the nerf bars on a regular basis will not only keep it shiny but it will also prevent the onset of rust caused by dirt, mud, and moisture. You can use your preferred car shampoo to clean the bars; steer clear of any products that contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals that might strip the wax or polish off the bars.
- Remove rust spots as soon as possible.
Because of their mounting location in your Dodge Dakota, the nerf bars are frequently exposed to mud and dirt. So it shouldn't be much of a shock to find rust spots on the nerf bars after several months of use.
The process of removing corrosion depends on the type of nerf bars you have. For bars that have chrome finish, for instance, rust spots can be removed using a ball of aluminum foil soaked in vinegar. Simply rub the foil against the bar, and the aluminum and vinegar will react with and dissolve the rust particles. For painted or matte bars, you will need to apply rust dissolver gel on the corroded area followed by good scrubbing using a wire brush. Keep in mind that this may leave scratches on the bar's surface, so repainting of the bars may be necessary afterwards.
- Buff stainless steel nerf bars with aluminum polish.
Nerf bars made of stainless steel aren't much prone to rusting, but their glossy appearance can fade over time. To prevent this, you can polish the bars with aluminum polish after every wash. The aluminum polish can restore or even improve the sheen of stainless steel bars, as well as hide small scratches and scuffs on the surface. Regular polishing will also add a protective layer that will help repel moisture, stains, and mud over the bars.