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Fighting Rust

If you have tried to take good care of your car, it can be devastating to see that you have some rust starting to corrode your car. The interesting thing about rust is that it can start with just a little tiny portion of your car, and before you know it, it has spread a couple of inches or more. Paint is one of the very best ways to keep rust at bay, but once a rust spot has started, it can start to corrode under the paint. Rust can take a once perfect car and turn it into a junker before you know it, so it is important that you get the problem taken care of as soon as possible. Here are just a few tips when it comes to battling rust.

Keep Your Car Clean

It is going to be very important that you keep your car clean. This is especially important if you are driving in an area where they use salt during the winter. Salt acts as a catalyst to oxidize and will just speed up the corroding process. When you are cleaning your car you are effectively removing the salt from your car and are protecting it from the harmful catalyst.

Act Fast

If you have a spot where rust is starting to rear its ugly head, you need to act as soon as possible. Sometimes the rust will look like a bubble under the pain, or sometimes you will actually see the red and brown of rust. When you see this, it is important that you remove all the rust. You can do this by taking a piece of abrasive sandpaper and sanding down all the way until you see nice shiny metal. That means that you have removed all the rust. Once that has happened, make sure you use a primer and paint to cover the spot back up.

Take the Car to the Body Shop

If the rust is to pervasive you will have to take your car to the body shop. They are going to have to knock off all the rust, and often they will have to cut out parts of the panels of your car, or just replace the panel altogether. If they cut out the rust from your car they will use a high performance plaster or bond to patch the car back up. If they replace the panel altogether the rest spots will be tossed with the rusted panel.

For more tips on protecting your car from rust, talk to professionals like Westside Fender/Body & Refinishing.