Rust is one of the greatest problems that take place on older cars.
The reason for this is that when rust takes place, it requires major attention, which can be very costly.
This article will definitely help someone who wants to remove rust from their car.
But, before we dive into details let us first understand what is rust and why the heck it develops on your car in the first place.
Rust is a process in which iron and other similar metals start to corrode.
This means that the chemical reaction occurs when free electrons combine with oxygen, and it produces metallic oxides. Rust is the oxidation of the metal.
The metal expands when it rusts, causing pits on the surface of the metal.
The extent of damage depends on how fast or slow the oxidation takes place and what kind of metal is involved.
This actually results in corrosion in most cases (causing the common rust-red color).
The reason for this oxidation is that these metals contain both ferrous and iron, which are the most reactive of all the metal types.
How to Remove Car Rust?
You can actually remove rust very easily. Here are some steps that will help you:
Step 1: Getting Ready
It is important to prepare and gather the necessary tools that you need in order to remove rust these tools include:
-Sander and wire brush to remove rust and loose paint.
-A metal file, wire brush, or sandpaper for removing remaining material.
-Wire brush or a scouring pad to prepare the surface of the metal so that it will form enough adhesion.
Step 2: Cleaning the Rust Off Your Car
After making sure that your car will be safe for you to work on it, the next step is getting rid of all the rust that has occurred.
To do this, you will need to sand down the rust. A wire brush can be used along with a power drill or any other automatic sander.
This is because the rust needs to be taken off along with all the old, loose paint.
If there are still visible signs of rust left after using a wire brush, then you will have to use other methods to get rid of them.
Step 3: Getting Rid of Rust Stains
There are several methods that you can use to get rid of rust stains on your car.
The first method is using a cleaning solution and a buffing wheel.
Please do not attempt this without taking safety precautions first, as it involves electricity and chemicals.
After you have used this method, make sure to rinse off the area with clean water and dry it with a clean cloth.
Another method for removing rust stains is using steel wool. It is not a good idea to use this method on a clear coat, as it might damage the surface of your car.
The last method that can be used is using rust removers.
These are usually found in stores, but make sure to use them after consulting your car’s manual or manufacturer.
Step 4: Applying Primer to Your Car
The final step in removing rust from your car is applying primer to the surface. First, make sure that all of the rust has been removed and wipe down any surfaces.
You can then apply a rust inhibitor, which will remove any more rust from occurring on your car.
After you have applied this, let it dry for a bit, and then apply a layer of primer over the area.
Not only will this protect the car from rust in the future, but it will also make the rest of the paint job look better.
Step 5: Applying A Base Coat or Clear Coat
After you have done all of these steps and allowed them to dry, the final step is applying a base coat or clear coat over your car.
This should be done with a spray gun, as it is the easiest way to apply a layer of protection onto your car.
There are several types of base coats and clear coats that you can choose from, so you should pick one that will not only look good but also protect your car from rust in the future.
Step 6: Polishing Your Car
After you have allowed everything to dry, the last step is polishing your car with a special chemical that will make it look shiny and new.
After this step, you will most likely be able to drive your car around and show off how well it looks!
Step 7: Get Ready to Drive Your Car
This concludes all of the steps that need to be done in order to remove rust from your car.
The next time you have a problem with this, just keep these seven steps in mind and you will be able to solve the problem quickly and efficiently.
Can You Paint Over the Rust?
Actually, you can paint over rust, but it will not last for very long.
There are some car paints out there that will allow you to do this, but they usually tend to peel and flake off.
If you want a paint job to last the longest possible time, then it is best just to get rid of all signs of rust on your car first.
Paint can be applied over rust, provided it is not too bad.
If the rust has eaten through the metal to a great extent, you will have to sandblast or grind away all paint below that area and apply new primer and finish coats of color.
How to Stop or Prevent Car Rust?
Preventing rust on cars is pretty easy to do, but you have to make sure that you are not damaging the paint job.
There are some ways that you can prevent or stop rust from occurring in your car, including applying wax or other protective finishes.
This will help to stop any rust from occurring for a little while.
Always store your car in a garage when not driving it. If you must leave the car outside, cover up all parts of the vehicle with a water-resistant material such as plastic.
Covering your car will prevent exposure to moisture which leads to corrosion and rust.
Do not allow the car to remain in damp conditions for too long, either. If you have just washed your car and it sits out in the rain afterward, it can cause rust to occur.
If the car starts to look wet, then you should probably cover it up or drive somewhere else so that it does not get wet again.
Hybrid cars are prone to rust, especially in cold weather areas.
Make sure that you dry your car out after washing it and be sure to put a protective coating on the vehicle if you live in an area where there is a lot of rain or snow.
Use wax or other paint repellent sprays from time to time. These will prevent water from entering the paint job.
On most modern vehicles, you can buy waxes right at your local car parts store. If this is not available, be sure to check the manufacturer’s guide for your vehicle.
Based in Orem (Utah) John Paterson graduated from Utah Valley University and has begun writing in 2009. He has a large wealth of experience in writing articles related to cars, automotive repair, wheels, cleaning/maintenance, and much more. He has also written instructional articles in a similar niche for a few online publications as well. Currently, he works as a mechanic in his personal garage shop where he loves serving his countrymen from his heart.