Jeep Wrangler TJ Fender Flares
How to Care for Your Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Fender Flares
Fender flares meant for the Jeep Wrangler (TJ) are built to last, but they won't last that long without regular maintenance. Jeep Wrangler (TJ) fender flares are still susceptible to wear and damage from outside sources, but these can be effectively kept at bay with proper care and use.
In this guide, we share some simple tips on how to take care of your Wrangler's fender flares.
- Avoid using cleaning products that contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals.
These chemicals are strong enough to strip away the protective coating of the fender flare, exposing it to damaging elements. In the same manner, you should also avoid using brushes and other similar abrasive cleaning aids as these too can damage the fender flare surface.
- Add a layer of car wax or polish on the flare after every wash.
Like your truck's body panels, the fender flares will also benefit from a coating of car wax or polish after a thorough washing. Aside from giving the flare a shinier, more vibrant look, the wax or polish also helps repel dirt and moisture and in some cases minimize the damage caused by UV rays from the sun. When applying car wax or polish, we recommend doing so by hand, as a car buffer tends to spin too fast and generate heat that could do more harm than good on the fender flares.
- Keep the mounting bolts dry and free from moisture.
Even with higher end fender flare models that have rust-resistant hardware, they are still susceptible to rust over time. The recessed designs of most fender flare mounting points further contribute to this as these allow water to accumulate and speed up corrosion. If you notice moisture accumulating on the fender flare's bolts, wipe them with a clean cloth immediately. And in the event that one of the bolts has become rusted, don't hesitate to remove and clean them, or replace them if needed.
- Pay attention to rattling noises or vibrations coming from the fender flares.
This might indicate that the flares are loose and need to be tightened or the adhesive backing to be replaced.