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How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« on: April 11, 2008, 10:50:23 am »
I purchased a used (1997) car last year and didn't see any rust. Now however I do  :-\  I suspect they had it painted over and I didn't notice it.

It's mostly around the wheel-well ( I think that's what it is called)

Is there a way to purchase something to spray on it so that it will prevent the rust from spreading?

Thanks so much :)

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008, 11:59:13 am »
IMO, the best bet from a DIY standpoint is the following:

1.  Sand/grind away any rusted metal.
2.  Treat remaining rust/pits with muriatic acid (or similar rust removing agent)
3.  Fill the area with body fill as required.  Larger holes will require fibreglass (or Steel'y  ;D).
4.  Sand to smooth the surface.
5.  Prime and paint.
6.  If you vehicle isn't already a rust bucket, have it treated with a rust inhibitor the likes of Krown etc.

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008, 02:28:30 pm »
Thanks Mrthompson :) You sound very knowlegeable.

Now what if I'm a woman who knows nothing/zip/zero about cars...with a darling husband who knows about the same  ;)

Any easy peesy solution?


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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008, 02:31:39 pm »
Naw, I merely play a knowledgeable person at parties.   ;D


A temporary solution would be to remove the worst of the rust with sand paper, then cover with touch up paint.  Can you provide a photo of the affected area?

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 02:44:23 pm »
Naw, I merely play a knowledgeable person at parties.   ;D


Hee hee.

I sure can. But it will probably have to be tomorrow. I'll be sure to post then.

thanks again  :drv2: <--- so cute!

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 06:52:43 pm »
I suspect you or your husband are not inclined to do body work. Here is an easy fix.

If car is just got a bit of rust getting an chemical spray like Rust Check, Crown or Dura Check will certainly help stop the spread of rust.

I have started yearly treatment on older cars before and had success in keeping rust at bay.

Does not require you do anything expect makde an appoitment and get it done.

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2008, 10:41:32 pm »
Save some of your old flenallette bedsheets for nice polishing rags. Give the vehicle a bath and then give it a good waxing which also slows down the rust and makes the vehicle look much nicer to begin with . Keep the vehicle clean every week also helps keep the rustbugs away as well as the undercoating already mentuined. All these points together can keep a car in extremely good shape for years.  :)

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Re: How can you prevent rust from spreading?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 12:50:00 am »
I would say keep your car in a garage or get a car cover to prevent moisture from sitting on the rust area.