Ford F-250 Super Duty Fender Flares
Care and Maintenance Tips for Ford F-250 Super Duty Fender Flares
Ford F-250 Super Duty fender flares are often advertised as being so sturdy and reliable that you'd think they would survive a fall from the Grand Canyon without so much scratch. But don't let the advertisements fool you; the fender flares will look aged and worn out without proper care and maintenance. Thankfully, caring for the fender flares is not that difficult as it is similar to the maintenance of the bumpers and other exterior panels of your truck. In this guide, we'll share some tips on how to care for your Ford F-250 Super Duty fender flares, whether they are brand new or already in use for quite some time now.
- Wash the fender flares by hand.
It shouldn't be a surprise that regularly washing the fender flares helps maintain its appearance, but it should preferably done by hand rather than through a drive-through car wash. Automatic car washes tend to miss certain areas of customized fender flares, usually around the mount points and near the wheel well, leaving these areas to accumulate dirt and grime. The brushes found in most automatic car washes also use brushes that can scratch the surface of fender flares.
- Avoid using cleaning products with harsh chemicals.
Alcohol and ammonia are among the key chemicals you should look out for as these can strip the protective coating on the fender flare surface and make it more vulnerable to dirt and UV ray damage. These chemicals are also found in ordinary household cleaning products such as glass cleaners, so using them on the fender flares is highly discouraged.
- Buff out scratches.
Superficial scratches can often be restored using buffing compound. Choose a compound whose color matches that of your fender flares and buff it with a soft cloth.
- Check the condition of the fasteners regularly.
If the fender flares are bolted onto your truck, check if all the bolts are tightened properly. Loose bolts may cause the fender flare to sag and hamper the movement of the wheels. If the fender flare is attached via an adhesive tape, check for signs that the tape has come loose; remove any loose tape and replace it with new ones if necessary.