Dodge Ram 3500 Fender Flares
Tips in Cleaning and Maintaining Painted and Unpainted Dodge Ram 3500 Fender Flares
When you return home all caked up with mud after a serious off-roading, among the components of your Dodge Ram that usually get filthy inside and out are the fender flares. The way these add-ons are attached to the vehicle make them prone to unexpected damage, as you won't always see what lies on the underside of the flares.
Compared to other auto body panels, the flares are a tad different to clean. If you fail to wash them properly, your Dodge Ram 3500 fender flares can easily lose their factory finish. When that happens, cleaning may not be enough and conditioning may be necessary. If you want to save yourself some headache, thorough cleaning could really go a long way in extending the lifespan of the fender flares.
Cleaning tips for painted fender flares
- Use the right kind of cleaner.
Determine first the material of the fender flares installed in your ride and make sure you use cleaners and conditioners that are designed specifically for such material. It is also wise if you use brands of cleaners that have been proven to work well on fender flares without causing extreme side effects.
- Apply conditioner and other protective solutions.
Sometimes, cleaning the fender flares is not enough, what with the harsh environments you usually drive your Dodge Ram 3500 in. Mild soap and water may be enough to keep the flares clean but if you really want to use a cleaning solution, be sure to apply a specific cleaning product. By applying conditioner, you won't just keep your fender flares looking like new, but you can also achieve more mileage out of your four fender flares.
Cleaning tips for unpainted fender flares
- Strictly follow the directions in your cleaning supplies
Gather all your cleaning supplies and carefully read all the directions and warning. Use only those products that are safe to use on rubber and plastic.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning products
If possible, stay away from wax, chemicals, or any abrasive product when cleaning your Dodge Ram 3500 fender flares. You can clean the unpainted surface area using just car soap and sponge until it becomes dirt free. Use a clean lint-free rag in drying the surface area. To protect the underside of the flare, put on a coat of certified exterior cleaner designed for automotive rubber and plastic. Make sure to wash it off after 30-60 seconds. You can also apply the same cleaner to the entire surface area.