How to Keep Your Car from Rusting

Rust is a serious concern for any car owner. Not only will rust ruin the appearance of your car’s body, but rust can also cause serious structural and mechanical problems throughout the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent rust from forming on your vehicle. Here is an overview of how you can keep your car from rusting.

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Understanding How Rust Forms

Rust is made up of a molecular compound called iron oxide. Iron oxide, or rust, forms through a process that is known as corrosion. When a metallic material comes into contact with water, the process of corrosion will begin. Over time, the metal will continue to corrode, which will create an increasing amount of rust. Cars that are driven in humid climates or on salted roads run a higher risk of rusting.

Rust Protection and Prevention

A brand new car contains a rust fighting sealant, which will help prevent the paint from rusting. Over the miles, this seal may begin to wear off in certain areas. When the seal wears down too far, rust may begin to form. To protect your auto body from rust, you can wash and wax your car on a monthly basis. After you wash your car, you can re-seal any areas that show sign of rusting. If you live in a particularly harsh climate, you may want to treat the exterior of your car with an anti-rust spray. An anti-rust spray will coat the exterior of your car, and prevent rust from forming.

If your car is experiencing a rust problem, the auto body experts at Michael J’s Body Shop will be there to help you. Our San Jose body shop offers a full range of repairs and services for your vehicle, including top quality collision repairs. To make an appointment for your vehicle today, give us a call at (408) 279-2070.

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