Ford Escape Bug Shield
Don't Let it Break: Ford Escape Bug Shield Maintenance
Your car's bug shield as well as the vent visors accentuate your vehicle's overall look. Although they seem to be neglected most of the time, your Ford Escape bug shield also needs some maintenance every now and then. To get the most out of the bug shield, it's a must that you keep it in good working condition. A few ways to do this include the following:
- Restore a hazy bug shield with a plastic polish.
Despite its size, your car's bug shield is also subject to wear and tear over time. Once you notice that the bug shield is starting to become hazy, it's best that you act on it immediately. You can spread some clear plastic polish on it to restore its optical clarity. At times, polishing only the top side just won't do the trick. You might want to take the bug shield off to reach underneath as well. Doing so ensures that the back portion of the shield gets polished, so that the haze from both sides can be removed. Be careful when returning the bug shield into place, and see to it that it's aligned with your vehicle's hood and bumper.
- Have a regular cleaning schedule.
It's one thing to have a regular car-cleaning habit, but it's another to have a dedicated time for cleaning the bug shield. Unlike other intricate components of your vehicle, your bug shield won't require you to spend hours washing it. By simply using soap and water, you can clear off dirt and grime from the shield. It's enough to wash away bugs as well. However, some dirt might have stuck on the shield for a long time, making them harder to remove. What you can do is to use a clean rag to wipe it off while applying a little amount of pressure. Make sure that you don't wipe too hard to avoid scratching the bug shield.
- Use an all-purpose cleaner to revive the bug shield's black finish.
When soap and water fail to restore the bug shield's classy black finish, your next bet would be an all-purpose cleaner (APC). You can use an APC to remove the rainbow-like soap residue on the shield's surface. Aside from making the bug shield look brand new again, it also prevents dirt from sticking onto the surface for a certain period of time.