As cars age, one of their biggest enemies is rust. A little rust on a car’s body is fairly common, it can become a safety issue. Today’s cars are carefully engineered to survive crashes, but if rust compromises a vehicle’s structure, there could be a catastrophic failure in even routine driving. Installing fender flares to cover up the rust can save you from unexpected expenses and even potential injury while on the road.
What Causes Rust?
Rust is caused by water, salt, dirt, or other elements that corrode metal. It can also be found in places where two pieces of metal are rubbing against each other. The only way to stop rust from forming is to keep these factors away from your car.
What Are Fender Flares?
Fender flares are an automotive modification to protect a vehicle’s body from rust. The fenders, which surround the wheel wells, are usually made of metal; this is where rust starts. Fender flares sit over top of the metal fenders, giving them additional protection from corrosion. When you install fender flares, they cover up any existing rust on your metal fenders. While there are other methods for preventing rust on car metal panels, such as painting or using sealant sprays, many people prefer to use this inexpensive and simple solution instead.
How to Install Fender Flares
If you have rust on your car, there are ways to protect it. One way is installing fender flares over rust.
1. Clean up your car’s rust problem before installing any aftermarket parts (don't forget to use paint thinner for really stubborn spots).
2. Purchase some quality fender flares with an adhesive backing that won't leave behind any sticky residue once removed (we recommend 3M products).