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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.

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  • Tips for Installing New Ford-F150 Fender

    While most auto repair shops won’t think twice in fitting a new fender on a Ford F150, installing one in your truck yourself could save you a lot of money. If you have the expertise and the tools on hand, it is quite possible to install a fender in your own garage. But whether it is a direct OEM replacement or a custom fiberglass one, installing a new Ford F150 fender should be done with utmost care. If installed incorrectly, the fender might fall off or cause damage to the other components in your truck.

    If you are planning to install a fender on the Ford F150, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. In this guide, we’ll also share some little known tips to make installing those fenders easier and hassle-free.

    Tip #1: Check the new fender for shipping damage.

    If you’ve ordered your new F150 fender online, the first thing you should do is to check if the fender has not been damaged during shipping. Damage to a fender such as bends, dents, and punctures will not only make your truck look ugly but also make it impossible for the fender to be fitted properly onto your truck. You should also check if the fender comes with all the accessories indicated in the package before starting installation.

    Tip #2: Pre-fit the bumper.

    Anybody who has replaced fenders before can tell you that a brand new fender will rarely be a perfect fit straight out of the box. This is especially true for custom fenders as they may not follow the exact specifications of the stock fender panel. So to avoid any missteps or surprises, make sure to pre-fit the new fenders at the early stage. This way, you will be able to determine what types of alterations or modifications you will need to do on your truck’s brand new fender before actually fitting it into place.

    Tip #3: Don’t forget the attachments.

    Depending on its location, the fender may be connected to the headlight assembly, the turn signals, or any other attachments. Make sure to remove these attachments first before installing as this will give you more freedom to adjust the fit of the fender and avoid damaging these attachments in the process.