How to Protect the Paint on Your Car From Rust

November 30th, 2013 by

waxing your carThere’s no positive way to spin rust. Often starting around the wheel rims, it’s a wicked, hungry creature that will slowly degrade the look and integrity of your vehicle’s sheet metal. Another sore spot are those big, pale splotches in your paint job that usually give way to rust. Once these two problems start, they can be costly, and time consuming, to chase.

Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to ward off environmentally induced body damage, and it all starts with properly caring for your car’s paint job. And when it comes to those times when rust gets the better of you, Cox Mazda in Bradenton has a a body repair shop that can help you to get rust free.

Understanding Rust

The truth is regular care for your car’s paint job will make look like you just bought it yesterday, whether you actually drove it off the dealer’s lot in 2006 or 1976. You don’t need expensive equipment to do this either. Just a free Saturday afternoon every month or so, a few things you can pick up at an automotive store, and maybe a tasty beverage.

First, the science of the matter. Rust is created by a reaction of iron and oxygen, creating a reddish compound simply called iron oxide. Steel is simply an alloy of iron and carbon, making it very susceptible to rust if exposed to air for even moderate amounts of time. Painting steel, specifically the sheet metal on your vehicle, helps to protect it from oxygen, preventing rust.

So then what’s the biggest antagonist to your car’s paint job? The sun and other elements like the salty air by the beach. Over time, radiation from the sun will wear away the paint, exposing the metal beneath. It’s the same reason that they don’t let you use flash photography to take pictures of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Since you can’t exactly tell the sun to not shine on your car, you need to come up with more creative methods.

Wax is Your Best Weapon

Thought that wax was only a cosmetic application to help your car look shiny? It is the first line of defense for your car against sun. First start by getting a good wash using proper automotive soap. We recommend not using dish soap as it’s a little abrasive. If you did it yourself, dry off the whole vehicle with a microfiber rag.

Next, break out the wax. Follow the directions on the can. Also be sure to let the wax cure in a cool shaded area for several hours. Follow up with another wax in four to six weeks. And if things look dirty during this time, simply hit the car with the hose. The dirt will roll right off.