Rust can cause extensive damage to your vehicle.
Rust is notorious for causing damage on a vehicle. Rust can ruin body panels and reduce the strength and structure of the frame. It's important to actively take the steps to prevent these issues by regular cleanings, thorough inspections, and preventative care. Here are three things you can do to prevent rust damage on your car.

Clean it Regularly

Rust spreads through the accumulation of dirt, sediment, salt, bird droppings, and spilled gasoline, all substances that weaken wear through paint. Regular cleanings are the first step you should take to prevent rust damage on your vehicle. Ideally, you should wash your vehicle every few weeks, and wax it at least twice every year. This will help you prevent sand, dirt, and other materials from rubbing through the paint.

When you wash your car, make sure to wash the undercarriage as well. If you’re going through an automatic car wash, confirm that they offer undercarriage cleaning. If you’re washing your car yourself, you can combat the effects of road salt by mixing a bit of baking soda into your soap and water solution. This will neutralize the acidic effects from the salt. When you’ve finished washing your car, don’t forget to rinse it thoroughly—dried soap can also eat through paint.

Inspect it Often

Finding rust early is another important way to protect your car. Make sure to inspect your vehicle often for any patches of rust. Oil changes and tire rotations are great times for you to inspect your car.

Salt accumulation is one common culprit that creates rust. Check your wheel wells and bumpers for salt, dirt, and mud. Rust often builds in areas where two pieces of metal meet on a vehicle. Closely inspect these areas, including the doors, hood, and trunk. And don’t forget to check your undercarriage! Rust often builds up underneath a car and can go unnoticed for some time.

Preventing Further Damage

If your car has already sustained some damage from rust, there are a few things you can do to prevent further damage. Sandblasting is an effective method for removing existing rust. You can also take a razor blade or fine grit sandpaper and gently scrape off the rust. As you do this, try to avoid scraping off paint around the rusted area. Use a rust arrestor product to help you remove the rust, and then find a matching paint color for touch-ups. If you’re not confident or comfortable with working on the rust yourself, it’s a good idea to go to a body shop for help.

 

If not taken care of right away, rust can do devastating damage to your car. Protect your vehicle from rust by cleaning it regularly, inspecting it often, and taking action to prevent further damage.

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