Fixing Car Rust

How you treat your car is a reflection of you, so when you let it get to the point where rust has started to collect, you know you have to nip it in the bud before it spreads and gets much, much worse. Thankfully, for small areas, removing rust isn’t a difficult process and can be done from the comfort of your own garage.


Of course, you shouldn’t let your car get to this point in the first place. As such, regular washings are necessary to prevent rust from forming, especially on areas of the car that can lead to severe damage. Dirt, ice, and especially road salt during harsh winters can all accumulate and thus contribute to the development and spread of rust. Your car should be washed at least once every two weeks, more often if you drive in an area prone to inclement weather. This is the best way to prevent rust from forming, and will keep your car looking clean and healthy.

If rust should form, there are a few simple steps you can take to remove it and prevent its spread. To start, the first thing you need to do is assess the damage. Is it a small rust spot or a large spot? If large, then you’re most likely going to need to take your car into an auto body shop to properly assess the damage and determine the necessary methods of repair. If it’s a small spot, grab a small abrasive pad and slowly rub the rust until all or most of it is gone. Next, apply some primer (probably 2-3 coats), then once it tries lightly sand it down.

Once you do that, apply some automotive putty and spread it evenly over the spot. Let it dry, then wipe with a cloth. Once it has dried, you can add the touch up paint, followed by top coat then a nice full auto body wax to make your car - and the areas that were rusty - look shiny and new. If you don’t need to add paint, once you scrape away the rust you should add some rust neutralizer followed by some primer. As always, be sure to follow the directions to the letter or you run the risk of causing further damage to your car.

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Posted on June 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM