Ford Ranger Bug Shield
A Guide to Maintaining the Ford Ranger Bug Shield
Bug shields are often touted as maintenance-free by their manufacturers, but they still need some care every now and then. Just like any other truck accessory, the Ford Ranger bug shield is just as vulnerable to wear and damage and will break down rather quickly without maintenance. The following are some simple yet effective ways to maintain the bug shield:
- Avoid automatic car washes.
Drive-in car washes can get rid of most if not all of the dirt and grime that builds up on the bug shield, but the hard bristles on brushes commonly used in automatic car washes also tend to leave scratches on the surface. So when cleaning the bug shields, stick to the sponge dipped in soap and warm water.
- Don't use harsh cleaning agents.
Bug shields are typically coated with a clear finish that helps protect against UV rays and repel stains. However, this finish can be stripped off if you use cleaning agents with string chemicals, such as those found in bleach and certain stain removers for instance. This is why it is often recommended to wash the shields with a mild detergent and water.
- Clean bug stains with penetrating oil.
While bug shields are effective in deflecting bugs from the hood and windshield, they are not so good in shielding itself against them. Ford Ranger owners who live near lots of vegetation, in particular, will often find their bug shields littered with bug spatter that are hard to remove with soap and water. And while you can find commercial bug remover that can effectively remove these stains, you can do just as well as with good old penetrating oil. Simply apply the oil directly onto the stain, let it soak for several minutes, and wipe with a clean cloth. Be careful not to get oil on transparent surfaces such as on the windshield or headlights, as this can leave an unsightly film that's hard to remove.
- Restore black matte bug shields with tire coating
Tire coating products can make tires look brand new again, and it can also do the same for bug shields that have a black matte or semi-matte finish. Apply the tire coating in the same way as you would with your tires, and wipe any excess with a piece of cloth.