As long as cars are made out of steel, we’re all going to experience rust at some point. Rust can change the look, and function, of your vehicle dramatically.
Rust happens when the paint on your vehicle gets weakened by dirt, road salts, and chemicals, eventually exposing the underlying metal. Dents and scratches that go unrepaired can also cause rust to form.
Chances are if you’re seeing a little, there’s more corrosion underneath. Like a dreaded iceberg, a viewable spot indicates more below.
Rust removal breaks down into 2 main categories:
Small Area Rust Repairs
- When the rust hasn’t penetrated through the metal, and the affected area is minor
- Commonly occurs when minor dents or scratches are not addressed
- No significant damage to supporting structures or body panels
- Typically involves: sanding away the corrosion and some of the surrounding paint, carefully priming the exposed metal, matching the paint, and carefully repainting the area to match the vehicle’s original finish.
Large Scale Rust Repairs
- When rust has spread deeper or to a larger area
- Commonly happens more towards the bottom of your car; metal is corroded through
- Typically involves: cutting out a section of the metal and replacing it (or even replacing an entire body part). A bonding material is used to fill in around it, then sanded, primed, and carefully painted to blend in with the rest of the body.
Before calling it quits, call us to see if something can be done. We can evaluate the extent of the corrosion, then come up with a plan to repair it.