In my article on The Causes of Car Rust, I discussed the common types of rust, and the common causes of rust. For this blog post, I will share the common car rust locations and the usual indications of car rust.
Where do you usually find rust on your car?
Rust can appear anywhere on your car. However, the oxidization usually starts from an inside a panel. Then, corrosion will find its way outward. That’s why, it is essential for you to spot any sign of rust. You might want to constant check the body of your car, and more particular on these areas:
- Exhaust pipe – The exhaust pipe on a vehicle is constantly exposed to moisture. Not only that, the exterior part is usually filled with dirt and mud, which makes it prone to rust.
- Suspension – The suspension is also prone to rust because of its proximity to tires that can send specks of dust and dirt to the underside portion.
- Frame rails – Don’t forget to check the portion underneath the car doors.
- Wheel wells – The curves above the tires are also a common location, especially if you own an older car without any arch liners.
Aside from the common places above, you should also inspect the following area:
- Floor – Time to lift that carpet, and check the floor for any signs of rust.
- Windshield – Yes, glass won’t rust, but the any around it will!
- Doors – Lastly, check the doors whether the inside or outside.
What should you look for?
- Bubbles – The most common is when you see bubbles under the paint. This usually indicates that water and moisture have accumulated underneath the panel. The bubble is a sign that the paint has detached itself from the panel. Very soon you will notice rust will form!
- Puddles – When you notice dampness on the carpet floor, this is also a clear indication that the metal under the mat has started to rust.
- Body damage – If dents are left untreated, this can lead to to rust.
- Bad paint job – This is why you shouldn’t do paint repairs yourself. If the paint is irregular and if they don’t match the original paint, rust will develop. So, having irregular and patchy areas will contribute to rust formation.
How to treat rust and corrosion?
The chances of repair totally depends on what type of rust has occured, and where this rust is located. Surface rust can be quickly repaired at an auto shop. Be sure to visit a reliable repair shop and don’t do it yourself. The repair costs will vary depending on the extent of the damage. If it cannot be repaired, you will end up paying for replacement parts.
Can I repair rust and corrosion myself?
If you see rust during an early stage, you can. However, be warned that you may need more materials than you think. There are a LOT of things you need. According to Haynes.com, you will need 13 tools and materials. Yes, 13 materials! That’s too many!
- Angle grinder
- Wire brush
- Epoxy gel
- Body filler
- Sandpaper (80, 400, 600, 1000, 2000)
- Sanding block
- Primer paint
- Base coat paint
- 2k clear coat paint
- Masking materials (paper and tape)
- Rubbing compound
- White spirit or solvent
- Cleaning rag and tack cloth
If you don’t want to deal with these things, better bring your car to trusted shop. DIY projects can get too complicated so don’t force yourself if you can’t. Let’s discuss Should I Repair Car Rust on My Own? next time!