Ford F150 Bug Shield
Maintenance Tips for Ford F150 Bug Shield
Bug shields are often the last entry in the maintenance to-do list for the Ford F150, but these aftermarket accessories do require a bit of care every now and then. Ford F150 bug shields are susceptible to wear just like any part of your truck, and without proper care, they will eventually break.
Thankfully, maintaining the Ford F150 bug shield is relatively easy and requires only the basic tools you can find in most households. In this guide, we'll share some simple tips on how you can maintain the bug shields and deflectors in your Ford F150.
- Steer clear of drive-in car washes.
While it is a given that cleaning the bug shields once they get dirty is essential in keeping these accessories in good condition, it is advised to wash these deflectors by hand. This is because automatic car washes are not designed to clean car accessories like the bug shield, and thus will not be able to wash them properly. In addition, many automatic car washes use stiff brushes that may scratch the plastic.
- Don't use strong chemicals or solvents when cleaning your car.
Chemicals such as ammonia or alcohol can strip off the protective coating of the bug shield, making it more exposed to the elements. Stick with mild soap or car shampoo mixed with water and wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Wax and polish chrome shields.
If your truck is fitted with chromed bug shields, we recommend applying wax or polish on the surface after every wash. The polish will give an almost mirror-like finish to the chrome and add a layer of protection against UV rays and moisture.
- Remove stubborn bug stains with WD-40.
Is the bug residue not coming off even after a good washing? Try WD-40. Spray a liberal amount on the stained areas and allow it to soak for several minutes before wiping it off with a microfiber cloth. Most bug stains can be removed with one wipe, although especially stubborn ones may need one or two applications before they are completely cleared. In addition, WD-40 can be used to get rid of pesky stains such as sap and tar as well.