FAQs—Ford Bug Shield
- I’m replacing my old Ford bug shield. There’s still some leftover adhesive on the hood where the old deflector was previously attached. What’s the best way to clean this off?
As you peel off the old bug shield, clean the area using water and dish soap. Remove all leftover adhesive as you wash the hood. Let the area dry completely before attaching the new bug deflector to make sure that it will stick.
- How can I remove all traces of dirt and oil before installing the new bug shield? What can be a good solution or cleaner?
After washing the hood, allow the surface to dry before wiping it clean with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can effectively remove remaining traces of oil and dirt. Once the area is clean and dry, that’s when you should set up the new bug shield in place.
- What’s the difference between a car bra and a bug shield? I’m not sure which accessory to get for my Ford truck.
Car bras and bug shields both protect the front end of the vehicle. Car bras, however, are wrapped around the front end of the car, while bug shields just take up the hood’s front. Bug shields work by using a jet of air to deflect bugs. These shields come in a lower, compact variety and also have a high-rising version that provides more protection. Car bras, which come in full bra and sport bra designs, protect against kicked-up dirt and debris on the road. With full car bras. the grille and bumper are covered and the front edge of the hood is wrapped. Sport bras, meanwhile, are wrapped around the hood’s edge.
- I’m looking for a durable bug shield for my Ford SUV. What kind of deflector should I be looking at?
Look for a bug deflector that’s manufactured from aerospace-grade acrylic. This material won’t get easily damaged or worn out and will last for a long while. It’s sturdy enough to endure pelting pebbles, bugs flying smack into the hood, kicked-up debris, and other forces. The shield should be warp- and crack-resistant. It also shouldn’t scratch easily.
- The bug shield on my Ford vehicle already looks old and dull. How can I bring back the shine? As much as possible, I don’t want to spend money on a new bug shield.
The bug shield should be washed using car soap and water. Use soapy water to hose off or scrub away stuck dirt and dead bugs. Also hose off the space between the hood and bug shield. To restore the sheen on the shield, wipe some plastic polish on it using a soft, clean rag. Leave the polish on for about half an hour. You have to buff the shield using a power drill with an attached pad. To make the shield shinier, add another coat of polish and re-buff.
- How can I restore the faded and dull bug shield on my Ford? What can be a quick and easy solution?
Instead of buying a new bug shield, you can just spray paint the old bug guard to give it a new look. You have to remove the bug shield. Make sure that the spray paint is made for the bug shield material, and do the painting evenly.
- There are some cracks and tears on my plastic bug shield. What can I do to fix this?
You may use a plastic solvent cement to fix the breaks and cracks. You have to remove the bug shield. Before applying the solvent cement, the oil or grease should be washed off using dish detergent. Fit the pieces together. You may use spring clamps and mark the clamp’s spots with masking tape. For gaps in the cracked pieces, you may use a plastic patch. You may cut a small part of ABS plastic or acrylic that you can use as backing. Make the right measurements so that the gap or crack will be covered properly. On the broken pieces, apply a thin coat of solvent cement and let it dry for about 2 hours or as long as needed. Strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the plastic solvent cement.
Practical Reasons to Get a Ford Bug Shield
Mainly designed to protect the windshield and hood of trucks and sports utility vehicles, the Ford bug shield redirects the airflow around your vehicle to deflect flying bugs, preventing them from smacking into the windshield. In addition, a good Ford bug shield takes in impacts from bugs and small rocks so that the window glass will not be damaged. Available in different designs, styles, and material construction, here are the major reasons why getting a bug shield is beneficial for you:
Keeps off bugs and other insects
Bugs smashing into the windshield are annoying and unsightly. With a good-quality Ford bug shield, bugs are prevented from smashing hitting and leaving unsightly marks on your windshield. The bug shield is a kind of wind deflector creates an upstream of air so bugs and other debris are thrown up and over the vehicle. Take note that the ridge's height on the bug shield establishes the degree of wind deflection. This means the deeper the ridge, the more beneficial and satisfactory the results will be. However, if the ridge is too high, it may make the deflector stand out too much on the hood, making it visually unappealing.
Shields windshield against debris and rocks
Other than deflecting bugs, a well-made bug shield can help protect the windshield and hood against all types of damage they can get from flying debris or ricocheting small rocks. Because of its wing-like design, the deflector slips on to the front edge of the hood and has a rising ridge that creates a slipstream effect. Its aerodynamic design carries bugs and dust over the vehicle's top, therefore protecting the hood from the scratches and dents that can be caused by flying debris, tar, and pebbles. However, bug shields are not designed for all vehicles since most are manufactured with sloping windshields and convex, down-turning hoods to reduce wind resistance and boost fuel economy.
Stylish accent for the front and hood
There are numerous design, styles, and material construction available in the market. However, most Ford bug shields are designed for a specific vehicle make and model. Since the deflector angle and curvature is tailored-fit to the natural flow of air in each vehicle, bug shields are quite effective while they complement the vehicle's distinct style and maintain a stylish appearance. If you have a chrome trim and grill, you may want to get a stainless steel bug shield to match your hood. Other brands and manufacturers also provide shields made from durable acrylic material and come in numerous tints from rose tints and light smoke, to semi-transparent gray and opaque black.
Mounting and installation advantages
Besides providing protection to the windshield and hood and offering a stylish accent to the hood, a Ford bug shield is also very easy to install as it usually comes with complete mounting hardware and directions and may not need any drilling or special tools and installation methods. Mounting a bug shield may take around fifteen minutes only using the included clips and fasteners to secure in place. Guard pads and protectors are also provided to keep the shield from scratching the hood's paint.