Dents and rust are inevitable. That is why it is so important to learn how to keep the body of your car looking its absolute best.
In this article, we will be providing you with some important tips on how to prevent rust, accident damage and dent removal.
The body of your car is comprised of aluminum, plastic, steel and also fiberglass at times. There are advantages and disadvantages to all of these materials, and all of them must be cared for properly.
Steel is strong and cheap, but if it is left unprotected can rust. Plastic is durable, flexible, and unlike steel is able to be molded into complicated shapes. Aluminum is strong and light, but it can be expensive.
No matter what materials your car is made out of, there is always a layer of paint on the top that protects the body of the vehicle from the elements. Car paints have the difficult job of having to protect the body panels of your car from snow, rain, dirt and sun.
While minor paint chips can be fixed in your driveway at home, major panel resprays using modern paints is best left for professionals to carry out using environmental controls using proper equipment.
Whenever you are looking to buy a new car, be sure to review its rust protection plan. Also consider having a rust proof coating applied to a new car. When purchasing a used car, avoid rust proofing, since the sheet metal might have started to rust already, and it won’t help to cover over it.
Rust: This is the most common problem on a vehicle. Rust may work from the inside of the body of your car. Once it shows up, it can be too late.
Fortunately, quite good rust proofing is applied to most newer cars when they are built. If you follow the simple tips that are provided below, older cars can often last a very long time.
Sooner or later it is bound to happen. Your day can really be ruined by a major accident or a fender bender. Be sure to have a reputable shop lined up to perform all of your repair work.
Also insist that original equipment parts be used. Your family and yourself can be at risk if cheap import parts are used.
Paint: The worst enemy of your paint are the sun’s UV rays. Whenever possible, park your car in the shade and always make sure the bodywork is covered in a quality coat of wax.
Make sure that the wax you use has UV protection, similar to sunscreen that you wear at the beach and other places.
During the winter season and after it, wash your car’s underside. That will wash the salt off that is used for melting ice on roads. People living on the west coast or southern area need to worry about this.
Make sure that all of the drain holes are clear around the bonnet and boot. The holes let water flow out of the ledges around the hood and trunk to prevent rust.
Your weather stripping should also be checked for tears and rips around all of the openings. Water can sneak into places where you expect it the least, and rust your car away eventually.
You can wax your car to keep its paint protected against the elements. However, what can you do for the body’s other side? On older cars, the inside is frequently neglected.
One option is rust proofing. However, that won’t stop it if rust has started already. Existing rust must be chemically converted or removed before you can apply a rust coating.
Things to discuss with a car body shop:
When searching for a mechanic, make sure to check the accreditations of the body shop. In addition, ask what their guarantee is since reputable shops will perform the job to your satisfaction.
Even better car shops, in my experience, need to redo some jobs from time to time. Don’t hesitate to ask for a job to be carried out to your satisfaction.
Inspect a repair job under various lighting conditions. Some defects will only be visible on cloudy days or in direct sunlight. The majority of car body shops will provide you with a period to inspect their work.
Whenever you receive a quote, be sure to insist that only OEM parts be used, and not cheap imported parts that can place you as well as your family at risk.
Be sure to ask for recommendations from your family and friends. That can help you find a reputable and affordable car body shop.
Follow All Directions!
Whenever you pick your car from the body shop, they should provide you with instructions on when is the best time for waxing and washing your car for the very first time.
Quite often heat is used for curing modern paints. However, an out-gas period is still required before it is sealed with a synthetic polish or wax.f