Sunday, September 21, 2014

Car Rust

One of the most harmful things your car will have to endure is rust. Since most of your car is metal, then this can be a real problem if not kept in check. So what is rust? It’s a reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of moisture that creates a red oxide or rust. Rust in its simplest definition will disintegrate that which it has hold of. Namely metal surfaces of your car.

Our cars must endure extreme conditions that on the surface seems innocuous. Take a trip to the beach, fun, harmless. Yet the salt air can wreak total havoc on your cars metal surfaces. Accelerating rust areas on your car.

A major problem rust causes are paint bubbles. As rust spreads under the paint of your car and erodes the metal it causes paint to bubble. If left unchecked the damage will become extreme. Hence the paint bubble is your car crying out I have rust help! As rust erodes the surface below the paint, air will find its way in and begin to push the paint away from the surface causing bubbles. Oxygen will find its way through surfaces that the naked eye will never be able to detect. So will moisture and the combination spells disaster for your cars metal surfaces.

If your car has bubbles. An inspection of your entire car is warranted. Don’t leave rust unchecked. If you do, the damage will spread fast. It also takes away from the integrity and strength of the metal that protects the car. The metal that protects you and your family! The lighter side is the cosmetic appearance of your car, rust spots are ugly.

When possible clean the areas that show rust, then apply a metal protection to the clean areas. In harsh environments wash chemicals off the car quickly such as road salts and sand. Coastal areas rinse your car off often and pay particular care to the undercarriage.

You will need to fix rust areas quickly and thoroughly. If doing it yourself, make sure you have some level of know-how before tackling a job like this. When possible a professional body shop would be first choice.

Cars today are built with protection and warranties against rust. However, you should take care to make sure build ups of rust don’t occur on raw metal areas. Keep your car clean and free of damaging particulates and you will extend the life of areas at risk for rust.

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