Jeep Wrangler JK Fender Flares
Easy Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK Fender Flares
Just like any other accessory in your Jeep Wrangler JK, the fender flares require preventive maintenance from time to time. Although they are made of tough, scratch-resistant plastic, Jeep Wrangler JK fender flares are still vulnerable to the elements and will quickly wear out without proper care. In this guide, we've listed down some key maintenance tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK fender flares.
- Clean them by washing.
Washing the fender flares remains the best way to keep the fender flares in top condition. And while most in not all flares sold in the market today are durable enough to withstand a trip to the drive-in car wash, we recommend washing the flares by hand. Although more time-consuming, washing the fender flares manually will allow you clean those hard-to-reach areas such as the bolt holes that often get missed at the drive-in car wash. You can use your preferred car cleaning product to wash the flares, although make sure to apply it with a sponge or a soft cloth to avoid scratching the flare surface.
- Check the adhesive tape regularly.
Do you notice your flares sagging or making rattling noises on the road? It could mean the flare's adhesive backing has or is starting to weaken. The tape securing the flares tends to lose its hold over time, which cane further exacerbated by moisture leaking into the tape. In such cases, replacing the tape is the best option.
- Restore faded fender flares with tire cleaner.
Unpainted fender flares tend to fade over time due to exposure to sunlight, but this can be restored with tire cleaner. This is because the silicone polymer compound found in tire cleaners that makes tires shiny also does the same effect on unpainted flares. What's more, tire cleaners also have other ingredients such as UV ray inhibitors that further protect the flares against wear and deterioration. Simply apply the tire cleaner on the fender flare via a piece of cloth or by spraying directly onto the surface — similar to what you would do with tires — and wipe off any excess. Take note that this will only work on black unpainted fender flares.