Rust Control: How to Protect Your Vehicle from Rust

There is nothing more frustrating than noticing that first stain of rust on your vehicle. Not only is it unpleasant to look at, if it’s not dealt with quickly and appropriately it will spread fast. Rust forms when the exposed surface of your car comes into contact with water and the temperature outside is just right for oxidation to take place, thus leading to rust. Salted roads or even salty sea air will often accelerate the rust formation. The appearance of rust will also deliver a major hit to your car’s resale value, so unless you plan on driving your car into the ground, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect your vehicle. Fortunately, there are a few tips Eccles Auto Service in Dundas is sharing to help you prevent and repair rust on your car:

Keep your exterior clean

Prevent the opportunity for corrosion to form by washing your vehicle regularly. Take your time when cleaning your car because rust often starts in hard-to-reach places like wheel wells, gaps in the sheet metal, around lights and features, under the car, door jambs and so on. Wash your vehicle regularly to keep the body and underside clean of grime, salts, and dirt. If needed, use a pipe cleaner to clear out the car's nooks and crannies.

Pay attention to detail

Visit Eccles Auto Service in Dundas to address any chips and scratches in your vehicle’s paint as early as possible. Paint acts as a protective seal from the elements, so any cracks in it can expose your car to premature rust.

Spray the rust away

The best way to protect your car against rust is to have the body oiled annually with a rust proofing spray. There are three main types of sprays:

  • Tar-based Spray - Also known as undercoating, this method involves spraying a tar-like substance on the under-body of your vehicle. Once it hardens, the spray acts as a shield against moisture and salt.
  • Dripless Oil Spray - This method is popular because it covers the whole vehicle. A colourless, wax-like spray is applied all over your car. The spray is called dripless because it hardens upon drying.
  • Drip Oil Spray - This is the most commonly recommended method. This spray is lighter than the dripless spray so it’s able to reach more parts of your car.

Book a Rust Control appointment with the experts at Eccles Auto to learn which of these sprays is best for your vehicle.

Use rubber floor mats

Consider using rubber all-weather floor mats instead of fabric ones. Fabric floor mats are prone to remaining wet and can potentially let the water seep into your car’s floorboards.

If you are unable to get rid of the rust yourself, or if your rust damage is extensive, bring your car into Eccles Auto Service in Dundas. We’re here to assist you with rust prevention and management, as well as all other auto services. Contact us today or visit our shop in Dundas!