So you protect the car from rust

Rust on the car is the horror of every car owner. Routine inspections and maintenance can you protect yourself from the red-brown spots. We show risk spots and answer the most important questions!

Especially the winter brings optimal conditions for the formation of rust on the car. While one sees nowadays rarely completely rusted vehicles because the bodies are now covered by the manufacturers with zinc. But even with modern cars cold, humidity and especially road salt on the roads promote the formation of rust and corrosion. With proper care and regular reviews but you can protect yourself from the red-brown spots of paint and vehicle parts. In general, all points on the car, where water or salt can accumulate at risk. Therefore, it is important to regularly examine all drainage channels, grooves and gaps to be stautes water. If there fix dirt or leaves, the water can not drain and is literally a breeding ground for rust. Even minor damage to the paint may be on the car, the cause of rust. It already rich small stone chips or scratches, so that the metal is not adequately protected. Therefore such damages are best repaired always the same with a paint pen. One gets for a modest outlay from the merchants. In addition, the car can be moved to a laundry in the washer with a protective wax coating - better yet seal the paint twice per year even with wax.

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Regular checks protect against rust on the car

To protect the car from rust, and the subfloor should be checked regularly. Modern cars usually have an underbody protection, but also including water can collect and provide corrosion. Just when the protection is a little older and already has the first cracks, moisture can penetrate. From time to time the underbody protection should be removed and all are among closely examined for rust - even possible right at the next inspection of the car. In this case, the lower floor can be directly sealed with wax or certain Kriechölen. Another risk for rust on the car are a wet foot or trunk and fogged windows. This points to a moist interior, which can also turn out to be the perfect breeding ground for rust. In contrast, you can protect yourself by exchanging material mats with rubber mats and, for example, specifies a column filled with cat litter sock into the car. More on the subject: Tips to prevent windows misting

Which parts of the car are particularly susceptible to rust?
Particularly susceptible to rust all the parts that are not galvanized as the body. These include axles, joints and hinges, as well as castles, unprotected overlapping sheets or welds. Furthermore, the inner sides of the skirts, door edges, cavities in the hood and the rear lower edges are at risk. To prevent rust, own, special waxes, fats or penetrating oils for spraying. However, the protection should be repeated at regular intervals as it washes over time.

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What makes an underbody wash?
An underbody wash to wash out salt residues does not help much in modern cars, as the underbody protection rejects much of the water. To actually clean the subfloor should ran from time to time, the pro. Can remove the protection, carry out a cleaning and then seal the subfloor. Nevertheless, the underbody wash is good to clean also slightly rusting bodies such as the exhaust system and axles. Especially in winter, the car should be washed regularly to free the paint from salt residues and dirt.

What does the vacuum sealing?
Although the cavities of the body are already sealed in modern cars from the outset, but even this protection is sometime after. A subsequent vacuum sealing may be worthwhile to extend the life of the car. At high temperatures there are injected under high pressure wax or special greases to all exposed areas. Depending on the size of the vehicle, however, the treatment can cost ever 1,000 euros.

How is the car parked best to protect against rust?
To be best protected against corrosion, the car should be dry and well ventilated in the garage. Is sufficient ventilation in the garage but not guaranteed, may form on the car condensation that can lead to rust. In such a case it is better to park the car outside, where the air can circulate.

Can you touch up small rust spots yourself?
First rust on the paint can be polished away easily in general. If rust has already attacked the paint of the car, only professionals or experienced DIYers should make to work. The points are rubbed with sandpaper or wire brush until no rust is seen. Then, the point should be re-primed and treated with rust remover cleaned to prevent new rust. The hardware store also known as rust converters are offered. So that the rust is converted into an iron compound and prevents further rusting.

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