Repair Rust on Your Car

How to repair rust on your car

car in need of auto body rust repair tacoma

If you find rust on your car it’s wise to address the issue as soon as possible instead of leaving it to spread further.  Once rust on your cars auto body becomes extensive, you’ll need to take it to a professional auto body shop to have it repaired.  However, if it is minor damage you may be able to fix it yourself.  The most important thing is that you have the right equipment:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Sand paper
  • Rivet gun
  • Body filler
  • Rust neutralizer

If the rust is really minor all you need to do is scrape away the rust and use primer and paint to touch it up.  If there is a hole in the metal you need to put screen wire into the hole, plug the area with body filler, and then primer and paint once the filler has hardened.  Another tool to prevent rust from spreading is to use rust converters which stops the corrosion by turning iron oxide into a stable chemical called iron tannate.

Collisions Specialists Auto Body Rust Repair Tacoma

You probably want to hire a professional to take care of larger areas of rust on your car. If you have rust around windshields and other difficult areas of your car talk to a professional. Maybe you don’t want to do it yourself or don’t have the tools.  Collision Specialists has completed hundreds of jobs to restore rusted out vehicles to their original condition.

Rust Prevention

To prevent rust from forming in the first place make sure you wash your car every two weeks and apply a wax coating about once a month.  Examine your car on a regular basis for scratches or flaking, which may indicate moisture underneath.  This way you can deal with the rust before it gets out of hand.

If you don’t have time to clean and wax your car on a regular basis you may want to consider using a detail shop to keep your car in it’s best condition.  They can get you on a regular schedule of cleaning and waxing thus prolonging the life of your car and keeping rust at bay.

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