What are mudguards?
Mudguards are small, almost inconspicuous panels placed behind the wheels of a car. These flaps are installed on every vehicle whether they’re luxurious or affordable and auto experts consider them a very important aspect of any vehicle. They’re flat, thick and can be flexible, and made from tough materials. The flaps are most obvious on large cars with big ground clearances. Small sports vehicles have more discreet but still effective guards.
Mudguards are also called mud flaps or splash guards. There are two types of guards available in the market; plastic and rubber. Plastic is often used in light-weight vehicles like personal cars, SUVs, sports cars, etc. Flexible rubber guard is used in large-scale vehicles like trucks. Both flaps are durable; they can withstand years of abuse without becoming too damaged. But it’s still a good idea to install some protective measures on them, which will help prolong their lifespan.
What is the purpose of mudguards?
Mudguards make sure no dust, debris, grime, or mud reaches a car’s underbelly. All debris kicked up by tires is directed away from wheel wells and car frame. The flaps are simple but effective solutions to a harmful problem because if mud reaches your car’s more vulnerable areas, it can cause problems like:
· Dust or debris accumulation under your vehicle – This section of a car is difficult to clean and is often ignored. If there’s no mudguard, you won’t even notice this accumulation, which can cause extensive car problems over time.
· Rusting – Any vehicle’s underbelly has some rust protection on it, but the metal frame may still become impacted. Excessive moisture can cause rust, create large holes in your vehicle’s bed, and cause other such damages. It’s a good idea to keep water away from this aspect of your car’s structure.
· Corrosion – Most people don’t realize just how corrosive mud can be. Accumulated dry mud can slowly eat away at metal, gradually corroding it. This can weaken your car’s structural integrity by a large margin. This corrosion can go unnoticed for a long time as people don’t check under their cars.
Mudguards help prevent these problems, which is why they’re an essential aspect of your vehicle. An intact and functional guard is necessary as they help you avoid expensive repairs.
Do they need protection?
Mudguards are designed to protect your vehicle. They’re supposed to be strong, durable, and resilient, even in rough riding conditions. So it’s natural for clients to wonder if these components actually require additional protection. We have been in the automobile industry for several years now and have seen the benefits of installing additional protection like Paint Protection Films.
PPF is a thin plastic film that can be applied in an even layer on a mudguard. This film was developed for military use several decades ago and has become more refined ever since. Once installed, PPF will protect your mudflap from flying debris, excessive moisture, salt, rocks, and other factors can shorten your mudguard’s lifespan. The plastic layer will endure most of this abuse, keeping your car’s flaps safe.
Common mudguard problems
PPF can protect your mudflaps from many problems, which makes the initial expense worth it. Here’s a look at all the problems it can help resolve:
· As PPF surface is resistant to dust and moisture, these elements don’t linger on your mudguard. This means you can clean the flaps quickly and easily, making maintenance easier.
· Mudguards sustain scratches and cracks easily. You can avoid them by installing a resilient film. PPF will act as a barrier between all debris and your guards, making sure its surface remains scratch free for a long time.
· PPF helps maintain your car’s current appearance. If you have bought a brand new car, installing this film will ensure it remains in good condition for over a decade.
This film doesn’t take much time to install but once it is, you can forget about it. Good quality protection can handle different kinds of driving or road conditions easily.
What do professionals do differently?
There are DIY mudguard installation kits available on the market, but it’s still a good idea to hire experts for this job. A film is only as good as its installation so if there are any gaps, edges or bubbles on the surface, PPF will be ineffective. This film doesn’t move if it’s installed properly, even under rigorous driving conditions. Good quality products from companies like XPEL or Suntek come with 5 to 10 years of warranty so you needn’t worry about replacing it anytime soon.
As experienced installers, we’ll make sure all mudguards are covered well and there are no gaps. Our experts will carefully wrap this film around the edges to ensure there’s no room for moisture to slip underneath. We’ll also make sure mudguards aren’t dislodged from their places during the installation process. If you have any questions about our services or require advice on different products, our experts are willing to help.