Rust can cause serious damage to a vehicle and also make it look unsightly. Dents and bumps usual usually causes paint chipping and this usually exposes the steel beneath the paint surface to rust and other harsh weather elements. This is why general routine maintenance is very important. It will enable you notice any factors that could cause or accelerate rust and fix them in time.
If your car has any scratches or dents on its surface, it is important to take it to a professional auto mechanic to be fixed up with touch up paint. However, if you cannot do have it fixed up straightaway, you can use the following tricks to protect your car temporarily from rusting out. This is not a permanent solution but it will help you drive your car for as long as you need to without having to worry about exposing it to any rust elements that could damage it.
- Check the whole surface of the car for any exposed steel. This will give you an idea of how much wrap you will need and it will also ensure that you do not forget even the tiniest scratch or dent that could potentially cause your car to rust out.
- Get Vinyl wrap in the color of your car. Vinyl wrap is inexpensive and available in many hardware stores and auto repair shops. It is also very easy to use and it is removable such that you can remove them at any time or when you are ready to have the dents fixed up and applied with touch up paint without it causing any damage to the car. You may also need to get a pressure heat can to help you stick the wrap properly over the dents and scratches.
- Cut the vinyl wrap into pieces depending on the on the size of the dents , remove the protective wrap on the back of the vinyl wrap and stick the vinyl wrap over the dents or scratches. Ensure that the vinyl wrap covers the whole of the dent or scratch so you may need to cut pieces larger than the dents. You can even cover the whole panel where the scratch or dent is located on the surface of the car just for additional protection but it is not absolutely necessary.
- After covering the dents, use a heat can to properly stick the vinyl wrap over the dent. The heat will remove all trapped air bubbles and the dent or scratch will conform to the vinyl wrap; effectively protecting the metal underneath and ensuring that it is not exposed to rust elements even if it snows or rains. Of course, the dent(s) under vinyl wrap may still be visible but they will not be very noticeable if they are small in size.
- Repeat this process for all dents and scratches on your car and make sure that you do not overlook even the smallest dents. Protecting your car from rust is especially very important during winter as this is when cars are usually more prone to rust.
If you’re vehicle does have a lot of rust, you may prefer to take it to an auto workshop to let the experts look at it, and to come up with a plan to remove as much of the rust as possible, while keeping the rest of your car in as good a shape as possible.