Rust (n): Rust, also known as iron oxide, forms on iron or steel and will eat a hole through your car and wallet if it goes untreated. By catching it early, you can prevent a costly expense and keep yourself safe as a rusted car can be dangerous.
Preventing car rust
iron in steel reacts with the oxygen in the air and water, rust forms. While
it’s impossible to keep your car from ever encountering air or water you can
take steps to prevent car
Here are a few precautions we recommend:
Park your car in a garage or carport whenever possible – especially if it’s going to rain
Wash your car frequently (road salt, dirt, and debris can speed up the corrosion)
Conduct frequent inspections to check for rust spots – you’ll want to look for imperfects like bubbles and flaking
Removing car rust
already identified a reddish-brown spot on your car, you’re probably wondering how to remove rust. Depending
on the size of the flaw, you may be able to do it at home. We recommend taking
any spots larger than a quarter and in plain view to the car shop where they
can seal and paint over it to match your car’s color. If it’s a smaller spot or
out of sight (such as under your car), it’s probably safe to treat it at home
and save some money.
Step 2: Use the sandpaper to clear the spot of any flakes and red rust till the remaining metal is exposed.
Step 3: Put on your gloves and use them to apply your rust remover. Be careful not to contaminate the bottle.
Step 4 (optional): Apply a sealant and paint over the treated area.
Removing rust doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be intimidating to try and fix a structural and cosmetic flaw without the assistance of a mechanic, but we hope you feel confident and empowered to address rust spots.
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