Ford F150 Fender
Tips on Maintaining Ford F150 Fender
Maintenance of the fender of your Ford F150 would be the same as that of the rest of the exterior parts of your truck, so cleaning and caring for it shouldn't be any more difficult. In this guide, we'll share some simple maintenance tips you can use to keep your Ford F150 fender in top condition.
- Wash the fender by hand.
It's a given that regular washing helps keep the fender spotless and in good condition, but if you have the time, we recommend doing so by hand. While going to the automatic car wash is a time saver, it would be not as thorough as washing the car manually. In addition, the bristles and cleaning compounds used by car washes may be too harsh on the fender's surface. So if you have an hour or so of free time, consider giving your car a good wash.
- Remove sap and tar.
Sap and tar are among the hardest things to remove on the car fender, but with the right cleaning products and some elbow grease, it is quite possible to get rid of them completely. For tar, you will need to soak the affected area with WD40 for at least a minute and wipe it off with a soft cloth. If the size of the tar spot is substantial or has hardened significantly, you may have to apply the WD40 several times before the stain is completely cleared.
For sap, soak a microfiber cloth in rubbing alcohol and apply it on the affected area. Allow the cloth to soak into the sap for at least 10 minutes, giving enough time for the alcohol to break down the sap. Once the residue has softened enough, gently rub it off with a microfiber cloth. For especially hardened buildups, spray it with WD40 to help loosen the sap residue from the fender's surface.
- Buff scratches out.
Buffing compound is your best friend when getting rid of superficial scratches on the fender. Use a compound that closely matches the color of your car, and buff it out by hand or via an electric buffer. Follow it up with car wax or polish.