Ford F-250 Fender
Key Maintenance Tips in Keeping Your Ford F-250 Fender in Good Condition
Most Ford F-250 owners make the mistake of paying attention to their truck's fenders only when they need replacing. On the contrary, the Ford F-250 fenders need constant care and maintenance to ensure that they look their best for many years to come.
The following are some maintenance tips to keep your F-250 fender in good condition:
- Wash the fenders regularly.
Like the rest of your truck's exterior body panels, washing the fenders will go a long way in keeping it in pristine condition and protecting it against scratches and rust. Ideally, you should wash the fenders by hand, as automatic car washes will not be as thorough in cleaning the fender. What's more, drive-in car washes tend to use brushes with hard bristles that leave noticeable marks on the fender surface.
When cleaning the fenders, we recommend doing so in a shaded area; washing them under the heat of the sun may cause them to evaporate too quickly and leave streaks.
- Use a plunger to "pop out" dents.
Dents are a common foe of fenders, but if the damage is not that serious, you can try to "pop" it back in with a bathroom plunger. Simply stick the plunger onto the dented area and pull to restore it to its original shape. If the dent is particularly stubborn, you can pour hot water on the dent before using the plunger. Keep in mind that this will only work if the dent is no larger than the plunger and that panel was not pierced through.
- Remove minor scratches with a buffing compound.
Scratches are another problem associated by fenders, but if the damage is isolated into the fender's protective clear coating, you might still fix it with buffing compound kit. Choose a compound that matches the color of your truck and apply it in a circular motion using the pad provided with the kit. Do not use an electric polisher, as they are powerful enough to easily strip the protective coating of the fender without constant supervision.
- Remove road tar with penetrating oil.
It's a common advice to remove road tar with a commercial tar remover solution, but if you have penetrating oil spray lying around you can use that instead. Penetrating oil works the same way as tar remover in breaking down the tar, but it is cheaper and less harsh on the fender's coating.