Aside from protecting the wheels from minor collisions and preventing road spray from hitting the body of your car, the fender of your Toyota Avalon gives your luxury sedan a distinct and stylish look. However, the fender's good condition doesn't last a lifetime and it needs to be maintained well to keep that luxurious appeal. When you notice that the fender is already wearing down, you have to do some troubleshooting. Here's a list common fender problems:
When the steel portion of your car becomes exposed to water, oxidation occurs and forms rust. This occurrence is very common on car fenders because they're prone to bumps and scratches. If there's already rust on your car's fender, you should fix it immediately because rust can be very corrosive and eat through the fender. An effective way to solve the problem is by sanding the rusted area and applying the right amount of putty on the surface.
The paint on the fender doesn't only show the color that matches with the car's body, but it also protects the metal underneath it against harmful elements like dirt, grime, and UV rays from the sun. When you already notice that the fender's paint is fading, this means that the fender becomes more prone to damage. The most effective solution to the problem is to repaint the entire fender. Before you repaint the fender, make sure that you wash it using a car wash soap and sponge. Buffing the fender's surface is also a good idea, but make sure that buffer won't stay long on the surface because it might burn through the paint.
Dirt and grime are the possible culprits why the surface of the fender is rough. You can clean it using soap and water, but if the surface is still rough, you can clay the fender as well as and the entire vehicle. Claying is effective especially if the fender and body of your car has contaminants or still has overspray from the factory. You should also polish or wax the vehicle regularly for added protection.