Love Your Car? Make Sure it’s Rust-Proofed

Beautiful carWhether you own a sedan, a 4×4, even trailers and caravans, it is always a concern when you notice a spot of rust forming in any part of your vehicle. Like cancer, it will spread to other parts and compromise the car’s integrity if you don’t take remedial action ASAP. It’s also an eyesore, to say the least.

As they say, prevention is better than cure, which is the reason dealerships recommend rustproofing as an add-on when you buy a new vehicle. There are companies in Brisbane that offer electronic rust proofing, which proves to be the best among different kinds of rust protection for your car.

What is rust anyway?

In chemical terms, rust is the product of an electrochemical process wherein a piece of metal that gets wet through water or moisture in the air loses electrons (called oxidation) and combines with oxygen at the atomic level. This then forms a new compound known as an oxide that weakens the metal.

This oxide is what is commonly known as rust and iron rusting is an example of corrosion. Unfortunately, iron easily combines with oxygen.

The benefits of rust proofing

Metal corrosion can be a threat to safety because it can cause the failure of mechanical and electrical parts. For this reason, along with several other benefits, getting your vehicle proper rust proofing is a must.

When you decide to sell your car to upgrade or for any other reason, it can still fetch a good price if it’s rust-free. It will also have a longer lifespan, and when its time does come, it will be more environmentally friendly as it can undergo recycling.

Kinds of rust proofing

Today, you can choose from different types of rust proofing methods that differ in application and price. Make sure you study all of your options first before settling on one approach. The most common are as follows:

1. Electronic

A small device called an electronic module is installed in your car, getting power directly from your battery but needing no more than what powers your car’s digital clock. It sends out a weak electric current that prevents oxygen from combining with the iron in your car’s metal frame, thereby stops rust from taking place.

2. Undercoating

A black, tar-like compound is sprayed on the wheel wells, floor pans, and other car parts that are exposed. Once it hardens, it prevents salt, moisture, and other substances from getting in contact with your car’s metal parts.

3. Dripless oil spray

Just like the tar-based method, your car will be sprayed with a colourless substance that dries easily (so it doesn’t drip) to form a protection for your vehicle. Holes need to be drilled in some parts of your cars to make sure that the oil is applied where needed.

4. Drip oil spray

The substance sprayed is watery enough to reach more parts of the car compared to the dripless oil. However, it will leave drippings on the floor for two days or so until the oil totally dries. Holes will also need drilling.

Whichever type of rust proofing you choose, the more important thing is to ensure that your car receives all the protection it gets.