Corrosion is one of the car’s enemies. Even if recent cars are better protected, it is important to do a few simple things to prevent or delay this phenomenon. Here are our tips.
The enemy of bodywork
Corrosion is the accumulation of moisture, mixed with aggressive products that can be found in connection with our cars (battery fluid, road salt …) added to heat, rain, frost, pollution. All this makes that you will be able to see rust appear on the metal parts of your car. Corrosion will eat away at the metal.
Note that some parts of the car are more exposed than others. The most affected parts are especially the lower parts. The line of the exhaust pipe, the bottom of the doors, the bottom of the trunk, the floor of the vehicle.
All these parts receive residues of the products present on the pavement, which increases the risk of corrosion of the car.
The risks of corrosion
We have seen that the metal parts of a car are regularly exposed to corrosive products such as salt, sun, rain… All this leads to a risk of oxidation of the iron parts of the vehicle. Once oxidation has occurred, rust can appear, and the biggest risk of rust is that it will make holes in the bodywork.
You should therefore remember to keep an eye on the undercarriage of your car to make sure that the underside of your vehicle is not deteriorating. Especially since repairs to fill any holes can quickly increase the bill. Also note that a car with rust can lower the resale price of the vehicle.
How to prevent the effects of rust?
When cars are built, the bodywork receives a preventive treatment (soaking in a zinc solution) to resist rust. However, this treatment does not last forever.
To fight against this corrosion we recommend a complete cleaning of the car, to remove all dust, gravel (whose chips can make the paint jump) and corrosive products.
Corrosive products cannot be removed with a simple wash. It will therefore be necessary to use a suitable product. It is recommended to carry out this maintenance at least twice a year. This cleaning can be done by a professional who will be able to use the right products and will not damage the vehicle’s paintwork. Regular maintenance such as this will help combat this phenomenon.
There are also corrosion-inhibiting products that can be used if you notice rust starting to settle on your vehicle.
Don’t wait to act before the damage is too extensive. If, however, the affected area is very large, you will certainly need to repair and renovate the paint.