Toyota Tacoma Fender
Cleaning and Maintaining the Toyota Tacoma Fender: Some Tips You Should Consider
The fenders of the Toyota Tacoma do not normally need replacing, but this can happen if it is not cleaned and maintained properly or if you got involved in a fender bender. The Toyota Tacoma fender is just as vulnerable to the elements and structural damage like the rest of your truck's exterior components, so regular care and checkups is required. Here are some tips on how to maintain the fenders of your Tacoma:
- Wash the fenders by hand.
It's a no-brainer that a good washing will remove unsightly dirt and stains off the fender, but many truck owners take a shortcut by driving their Tacoma to the nearest carwash. But while drive-in car washes can leave your truck sparkling clean, they also tend to use harsh chemicals and hard brushes that strip off the fender's clear coating and leave scratches on its surface. In addition, fenders that are custom-made or are fitted with accessories such as fender flares might not be cleaned thoroughly by an automatic car wash.
- Do not wash the fenders under direct sunlight.
Washing the fenders under the sun will cause the water to evaporate faster than normal, leaving streaks from the car shampoo residue. So before taking a wash mitt to your truck, make sure that's in a shaded area.
- Apply car polish after every wash.
Once the fenders have been cleaned of dirt and debris, it is always a good idea to follow it up with a layer of car wax. Even while most car shampoos advertise having polish as one of its ingredients, nothing beats the good old standalone bottle of car wax to make the fenders gleaming with a mirror finish. Make sure to apply the wax with a soft microfiber cloth or a car buffer, and polish in a circular motion.
- For minor dents, use hot water and a plunger.
Hit a wall or a flying rock? A dented fender can be quite unsightly to look at. But if the dent did not penetrate the paint, you might still be able to save it by pouring hot water over the dent and pulling it with a plunger. The hot water allows the fender to soften and expand enough for the force from the plunger to pop it back into place. Once the dent is gone, pour cold water over the fender to “tighten” it again.