The fender of your Nissan Pickup is designed to prevent road spray from being thrown around by your car's tire. It also protects the tire from minor collisions or "fender benders." Although the fender is not a vital car part like the engine, fuel tank, or brake pads, it is important to keep it in good condition because it is part of the vehicle's protective exterior. That's why you have to do some troubleshooting when you notice that the fender is already wearing down. Listed below are some issues you might encounter:
Rust is a common problem on any type of vehicle, and the front and rear fenders of your truck are very susceptible to rust because they are on the exterior and they take most of the scrapes and dents. When the underlying metal of the vehicle gets exposed, it will react with the air's moisture and form rust. This type of problem should be treated immediately because rust will spread and can cause great damage. Scrubbing the rusted portion using a wire brush and applying a rust-inhibiting wax is an effective way to prevent damage.
Scrapes and scratches can cause your vehicle's fender to become rough. Overspray can also be the culprit of the roughness which is made noticeable by swirls on the fender's surface. To solve this problem, you can simply polish or wax the fender. However, if the fender still feels rough, then you can scrub an automotive compound on the surface. It's a highly effective way of removing the contaminants which may have accumulated.
Constant exposure of your vehicle to the sun's UV rays and other harmful elements will cause the paint of the fenders to fade. This can be easily repaired by cleaning the fenders with soap and water and by applying a buffing compound. If the fender still looks dull and faded after you have cleaned and buffed it, then repainting the fender is the best way to make it look new again. You can also use an electric heat gun that can replenish the faded plasticizer of the fender. However, you have to make sure that you know how to use it because it can cause great damage if it's not used correctly.