Stop Peeling Paint and Rust

Published: 11/25/2010 by AutoShopit

Stop Peeling Paint and Rust

Although manufacturers have improved materials, paint, and rust proofing methods, it is inevitable that peeling paint and rust will appear on your vehicle. When it does, a little bit of care and maintenance will take care of the problems and keep your vehicle looking good for a longer amount of time. Giving proper attention to the body, paint, and rust situation may save you from a costly trip to an auto shop and also increase the value of your vehicle when you sell it or trade it in.

So, how do you know when the right time is to stop peeling paint and rust? Usually, the best cure is prevention, and the best time to fix something is as soon as you notice that it’s becoming a problem – and the way to do this is to conduct frequent periodic inspections of your vehicle. Generally speaking, while you’re washing the vehicle or filling up with petrol can be a good time to conduct a walk-around inspection. When you crouch low to remove the valve stem caps and check the air pressure in your tires, also take a look at the paint and body in and around the wheel wells. These are usually areas where peeling paint and rust will form due to road debris getting tossed there with force as the vehicle traverses the terrain.

The following signs will also tell you that it’s time for you to conduct some rust abatement and paint repair. If you are unsure about your ability to do this, especially if your vehicle left the factory with an exotic paint system, you can always ask your local repair shop for help. 

  • Bubbled, Blistered, or Peeling Paint – When you see that the paint is starting to exhibit these signs, it’s time to assess the exact conditions and look for further damage. Rust could be forming from the underside of the panel where you notice the bubble, blister, or peel. Proper assessment leads to accurate determination of the cause and from there you can make the repairs and take preventive action to help stop this from happening in the future as much as possible.
  • Rust – Rust, like Satan, never sleeps. Once you identify the source and causes of rust, you can take steps to rectify the malady. Even the best zinc applications, rust preventatives, paint, and other coatings have all met their demise, so it is important to stay vigilant in watching for rust, then eliminating it when it appears.
  • Tools and Materials – Start with safety goggles and work gloves. Then, usually all you need is some suitable sand paper, a wire brush, a drill, abrasive discs, body putty, and, depending on the severity of the damage, perhaps a fiberglass and resin repair kit along with some suitable files. There are many excellent rust treatment products available, including various types with acid, rust-preventing primers, etchers, and more. Paint, including primer and color coat, as well as clear top coat, may also be needed, depending on the exact type of paint used on your vehicle.
  • Working Conditions – Even if you don’t have a garage, you can perform most of the repairs outdoors during suitable weather. When spray painting the vehicle, of course, you want to properly mask off other areas of the car and protect property in the vicinity.

Make it a habit to check the condition of paint on your vehicle. Inspect for rust too. When problems appear, assess the totality of the situation and look for further damage as well as for the causes. Then, use commonly available tools and materials to rectify the problem and keep your vehicle in top condition.

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