Toyota Tacoma Fender Flares
Caring for the Toyota Tacoma Fender Flares: Key Tips and Tricks
Fender flares for the Toyota Tacoma are one of those accessories that do not require a lot of attention once installed, but it does require some maintenance on occasion. Flares are especially prone to fading from constant UV exposure, as well as damage ranging from surface scratches to full cracks.
Maintaining the Toyota Tacoma fender flare is not that difficult, and will not require tools beyond those that you can find in your house. And to give you a head start, the following are some tips and tricks you can use to care for and maintain your Toyota Tacoma fender flares.
- Use a sponge a soft brush to wash the flares.
Washing the flares regularly with car shampoo and a bucket of warm water is the first line of defense against wear, but how you wash it also important. For starters, use only a sponge or a soft-bristled brush when applying the shampoo, as hard bristles may leave scratches on the flare surface. It is also recommended not to use dishwashing liquid or any other type of cleaning solution other than car shampoo, as the latter is specifically designed not to be harsh on the protective coating of the fender flare.
- Use tire cleaner to make unpainted fender flares shine.
There are many commercial products now available on store shelves that promise to make your flares vibrant and shiny, but if you have unpainted flares you can skip all that and just use tire cleaners. This is especially helpful for dull, faded flares, as tire cleaner can help restore them to their original appearance. Apply the cleaner after washing the flares, and let it sit for several minutes before wiping it dry with a chamois or lint-free cloth.
- Do not lean on the flares.
Fender flares can give your Toyota Tacoma a more aggressive look, but they are only as tough as they appear. This is because flares are not designed to support any amount of weight, and by leaning onto or placing heavy objects on them will cause the flare to bend and eventually crack from the strain.