Carbon Steel Fenders
What Are the Differences Between Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel Fenders?Stainless steel and carbon steel are both alloy metals that provide excellent strength and wear. The high chromium content of stainless steel is what provides corrosion resistant properties and helps prevent staining. Carbon steel is susceptible to corrosion, but the addition of a permanent zinc coating, known as galvanizing, provides corrosion resistant properties.
The choice between stainless steel or carbon steel fenders comes down to a few factors such as:
- Visual appearance
- Strength requirements
Giving Your Carbon Steel Fenders a Customized Paint FinishAnother benefit of galvanized carbon steel fenders is that they can be painted. If you decide to paint your fenders you will need to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and dried before applying the primer. It is extremely important that you only use water-based primer, as oil-based primer and paints will strip the zinc coating, leaving your carbon steel fenders susceptible to corrosion.
Carbon Steel Truck Fender Solutions in Various Configurations and SizesBettsHD offers carbon steel truck fenders in black powder coated quarter fender and galvanized carbon steel fender options to meet your application requirements. Our quarter fenders are available in left, right or left/right configurations and our galvanized steel fenders are available in single axle, full tandem and half tandem options.
All galvanized carbon steel fenders are made in the USA and provided with mounting hardware for immediate installation. Find a distributor in your area or contact us for more information.
Cleaning and Caring for Galvanized Steel Trailer FendersEven though carbon steel truck fenders are highly resistant to corrosion, cleaning them periodically will help further extend their life. To clean galvanized steel trailer fenders, wipe them down with a damp rag or spray them down with a car wash hose or power sprayer. If using a power sprayer, make sure the pressure is lower than 1450 psi to prevent removal of the protective zinc coating.
Mild, non-abrasive detergents can also be used to remove stubborn dirt, grease and grime. Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or vigorous scrubbing, as this can also strip away the zinc coating. After cleaning, thoroughly rinse the fenders and either air dry or use a soft cloth to prevent water spots. If water spots appear on your galvanized carbon steel fenders, you can remove them by using a solution of 1-part ammonia or vinegar to 10 parts water. Wearing gloves, gently wash the surface until the spots are removed. Rinse with fresh water, then thoroughly dry.
Galvanized Carbon Steel Fenders for Trucks and TrailersBetts HD offers black E-coated and galvanized steel trailer fenders in a wide range of lengths, styles and sizes to fit truck and trailers of various sizes. Our carbon steel fenders are available individually or sold in pairs and are provided with all the hardware you need for installation. Available styles for galvanized steel trailer fenders include:
- 3-Rib with beaded edge
- 4-Rib with beaded edge
- Black powder coated (quarter fender style only)
- Overall length: 50” to 132”
- Fender opening: 38” to 105”
- Wheel size: 16.5”, 19.5”, 22.5”, 24.5”
- Front curve: 24” to 43”
- Rear Curve: 24” to 39”
- Flat section: 25” to 56”