Tips on Getting Ageless Rocker Panels on Your Ford F-150
A rocker panel isn't what the judges of a musical competition. It's the outer edge of your Ford F-150's underbody where the doors rest while they're closed. They enhance your pickup's structural rigidity because it resists crumpling and it lends support to the underbody. They are also wide and sturdy enough to help you and your passengers enter your truck's cabin since the body is quite high. With all these important functions to fulfill, your Ford F-150 rocker panels also manage to add visual appeal to your truck. To make sure that it keeps doing all of these things; you'll need to make sure that it's in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips that you can follow.
Stop issues with rust in their tracks.
- Treat it before it spreads.
Remove any surface rust from your inner rocker panels with 80-grit sandpaper or a stiff wire brush. Then, apply a rust stop spray over the rusted areas to prevent it from spreading. After it dries, apply a bed liner material for maximum rust protection. This comes in either a spray or roll-on form and it cannot be removed so use it carefully. Let it dry for a full day before using your F-150.
- Prevent it from happening again.
Metal rocker panels will start rusting when their paint becomes scratched or when water hasn't properly drained out from their hollow insides. To prevent this from happening you'll need to
remove the clear coat finish from them and rough up all their paint with a sander. Apply a rust-treatment product and make sure that the panel flat before spraying on some primer and painting it.
Make sure it looks great.
- Get the wet look.
If you've chosen not to paint on your black plastic rocker panel, you can still get it to look good by using a trim restorer. Just use a little bit of this product to get a dry finish that only looks wet. It's quite durable so there's no need to apply it every day.
- Get them in a nice color.
If you want to make sure that your rocker panel's paint lasts for a long time, you can spray bumper coating paint on it. Apart from the usual gray or black, you can choose to match the color of your Ford's body or get a color that complements it instead.