Cars are made of metal. And metal doesn’t gel in well with moisture. Therefore, if there is moisture in the environment, which there is more often than not, your car can get rust easily. You cannot take gases/moisture out of the air or metal out of your car. But what you can do is create a buffer between the two antagonistic materials and save yourself a considerable amount of inconvenience.
But how do you do that? Corrosion prevention for cars can be done in many ways. However, the most commonly used methods are the following three:
Washing your car on a regular basis is vital for corrosion prevention for cars. It enables you to get rid of any elements of the environment from your car and impede their buildup. No buildup no reaction hence no corrosion or rust.
Clean your car at least twice a week with mild soap and warm water. Make sure you rub the entire surface of your car with substantial pressure so that all uninvited particles are wiped off. Don’t forget the underside and step bumpers around the tires of your car. Thoroughly inspect every nook and cranny of your vehicle to ensure rust has not started forming anywhere.
Wash the drain plugs thoroughly to wipe them clean. If you don’t pay attention to the accessories and parts in the recesses of your car chances are that rust would creep in and damage your car.
Try to get the manufacturer to prep the car before you buy it. And if you have a pre-owned car then get it sprayed with anti-rust spray from an expert. Consult a mechanic and they would help you out with the entire process.
You can also apply a thin layer of car wax on your car after every wash, it keeps the car protected from the moisture from penetrating.
Sometimes it’s possible that you get to your car a little late and rust has already started surfacing on some parts. In that case you need to take immediate action to prevent it from spreading.
Spot rusty areas
See if the paint on your car has started chipping or bubbling up somewhere. That’s the first sign of rust formation underneath the surface. And sometimes you can even see red patches yourself. Whatever the case is, but if you suspect that rust has started to infect your car, scrub the affected parts right away.
Fetch a sandpaper or a razor blade and scrape off the rust. Try to not damage the paint around that area. Once you have cleared the affected part apply any good quality rust arrestor. It’ll clear the area even further. Let it dry completely then apply some automotive primer. Wipe off the excess and let a thin layer remain over the patch. It keeps rust from coming back.
After you have dressed the rusty wound, touch it up with some automotive paint to even out the color of your car.
If you can’t follow through any of the tips then get an expert to do it for you so that your car remains lustrous and healthy for as long as you use it.