Waxing and painting your vehicle to cover up rusted areas are solutions some people use to solve their oxidation problems. However, these auto repair rust removal techniques will not last long. You are bound to encounter rust spots popping back up every few weeks.

Rust is inevitable because of the natural combination of moisture and oxygen. While it is bound to occur on metals, you can prevent the rust from affecting other areas of the vehicle by tackling the rust prone areas as soon as possible. When repairing your car, don’t focus on the engine’s auto repairs only. Your car could be working smoothly, but if the body of the vehicle is in a deplorable condition you will eventually be ‘caught in the rain.’

The Concern

You might have a good reputation at work or in the neighborhood but driving with rust on your car may ‘kill your swag’, whether you’re a man or woman. Besides this, the prolonged existence of rust will compromise on the quality of the vehicle. Every time you hit a bump or drive on a rugged road you may be damaging the body of your car once rust is present. Rust “eats” up the metal content on your car’s body. You might be surprised to find out the steel frame structure of your vehicle will continue to deteriorate because of the rust you ignored.

Instead of scrubbing it on a daily basis to remove the rust appearance, you should go for a long-term solution. Your car can be permanently free from rust if you take the appropriate auto repair measures. It is possible for your car to be almost rust free everyday of the week, regardless of season or weather elements.

Rust is unavoidable especially for metal vehicles. As long as you are driving on this earth, where there is air, water, salt, or other elements that encourages oxidation to steel, you will encounter rust. Hence, you will need to implement auto repair techniques for rust removal as soon as possible.

Below are some effective auto repair rust removal techniques for your metal transportation.

Sanding

Rust destroys the structure of a car’s body. The easiest and probably most effective technique is sanding. A sanding block functions alongside sandpaper. Make sure the two are balanced depending on the extent of rust. If the whole part of the bonnet is affected by rust, you should buy more blocks and use sandpaper of bigger sizes. Typically, 80-100-grit sandpaper is used as the first step to remove rust on the car.

After rigorous sanding, you should arrive at the metal surface of your car. You can then apply wax. Grease remover can also be a suitable alternative to complement the wax. Wipe the affected part gently to cover the abrasion by the sanding block.

After you are certain the rust is out, and the wax is on top of the bare metal, coat the whole part with epoxy primer. The sanding and scratches on the rust affected area might seem ugly, but sanding is a requirement for this process to work. The scratches help in providing adhesion for the epoxy primer by using the coarse grit.

The sanding process should come after you have taken care of the dents. You can either straighten or fill up the holes depending on nature and extent of the damages.

Panel Replacement

If you noticed the rust reappears after a long period, the damage might be widespread or cannot be fixed by simply sanding and applying epoxy primer. In some cases, the rust can be under the car where you barely get time to check because of your busy lifestyle. If the rust has been on the car for a lengthy period of time, then it may be beyond the rust removal stage.  You might need to replace the whole panel. It might be a door or hinges which cannot be repaired. In this case you will have to get a new one or replace it when conducting auto repairs. In this case, you make the replacement in the same way you would do after a collision.

It does not matter where you get the replacement part. It doesn’t have to be new from the manufacturer; you can replace the rusted panel with a used part from another similar model, as long as it fits and maintains the design of the vehicle. The experts will advise you on how to go about the replacement process because replacing a car’s body part might need more preparation and skills in contrast to a simple sanding process.

The trick is in making sure the primer adheres properly on the surface of the car. This is to avoid repeating the paint work since the repaired area is not in adhesion to the original color of the car.  Also, consult with a professional for the best undercoat and color before you begin auto repair painting process. Everything should be done as per required standards to keep it free from future rust.

Apply the top coat immediately after fixing the affected area will ensure the next painting exercise correctly matches the rest of the vehicle’s surface.

Rust Repair Panels

This auto repair technique is commonly used in restoring vintage vehicles. The restoration technique involves using panels from other cars and customizing the size and shape to fit the classic vehicle. The technique is becoming popular in modern times as a way to restore old derelict vehicles. The preliminaries before fixing a new panel on a car involve multiple coating and protection of the metal from the elements. This technique is effective because the new panel is redesigned to suit the older model car.

It is often a thorough process because the panel needs to be flexible. It is dipped in paint and exposed to high temperatures for enhancing adhesion properties. It is the same process that vehicle manufactures use to produce new cars.