Jeep CJ7 Fender Flares
Tips on Cleaning and Maintaining the Jeep CJ7 Fender Flares
The fender flares of the Jeep CJ7 are designed to tough it out even under harsh driving environments, but they do need a bit of love every now and then. Like the rest of the body panels that comprise the Jeep's exterior, the fender flares are still prone to wearing out and damage due to road debris and other natural elements. Proper maintenance on a regular basis can spell the difference between hardwearing fender flares and prematurely damaged ones. To help you out, here's a list of some ways on how you can maintain your Jeep CJ7 fender flares.
- Fix minor scratches with a polishing compound.
Hit a rock or a scraped against a tree? A scratch on the fender flare might be your punishment for a poor steering job. But if there is still color present on the scratch, you might still be able to fix it using a polishing compound. Apply the compound onto the scratched area using a soft microfiber cloth and buff it in a circular motion. Buff the area with a car buffer instead of by hand for a more pronounced shine.
- For deeper scratches, touch-up paint might still save it.
On the other hand, if the scratch has chipped the paint off the flare, you may need to spray it with a bit of touch-up paint. Wash the area thoroughly to remove wax, dirt, and grease, and once its dried spray the scratch with several light coats of paint. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours and apply automotive wax.
- Clean the underside with a pressure washer.
Everybody knows that cleaning the fender flares is the best way to keep it looking spotless, but many people also tend to over look the underside of the flare. The Jeep's wheel well can quickly build up dirt and mud, which aside from being ugly to look at also tends to absorb rust-inducing moisture. Thankfully, cleaning the fender flare's underbelly is as easy as washing it with a pressure washer. Simply set the washer to a low setting and spray the underside of the flare and the wheel well to shake off any loose dirt or debris. If you don't have a pressure washer available, you can also do the same thing with a brush and a bucket of water, although this can take longer.