How to Remove Rust From Your Car

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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Despite our best efforts, rust is inevitable. It can form on car parts and be a pain to remove. But there are some easy ways to combat the problem!

how to treat rust on a car

Rust is a natural process that occurs when iron interacts with oxygen and water. Usually, the rust forms in metal that’s been scratched or damaged from being exposed to salt or other corrosive materials. It is important to know how to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some tips on how you can keep your car rust-free.

How does rust form?

Rust forms when iron, which has been exposed to oxygen and salt, interacts with water. It is a natural process that occurs when iron oxidizes, or combines with oxygen from the air, and then reacts with water from the environment.

In order to combat the rust from forming on your car’s surface, you'll need to do some prevention work.

This includes:

  • Washing your car regularly and using a wax
  • Avoiding driving through puddles
  • Keeping up with the manufacturer's recommended oil change intervals

Prevention tactics

The first thing you can do to prevent rust is to keep your car clean. It doesn't take long for dirt and debris to scratch the surface of your car's metal, providing the perfect place for the rust to start forming. When washing your car, it’s important that you use a soap that won't leave any residue on the surface of the metal. 

You should also be sure to also dry your vehicle completely after washing so there are no water droplets sitting on the surface of the metal. Make sure you dry inside as well as outside parts of the car so you don't create any potential spots for rust to form.

Regular engine oil changes prevent corrosion in the vehicle's engine, ensuring that the engine is kept well lubricated. If you would like to book in for an oil change at your local National branch, please click on the related article below.

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Also, did you know that an oil and filter change is part of all three of the servicing packages offered by National? Regular car servicing is vitally important to ensure you stay safe on UK roads. Also, if you are wanting to book a car service, you can combine this with an MOT at a discounted rate. Please read the below article for more information.

MOT & Service

In the UK, in cold temperatures, salt is usually used to help melt the ice on the road. Unfortunately, despite helping to improve driving conditions, this salt can lead to rust. Try wiping down salt after coming into contact with it. This will help ensure that there is no salt left on the body which could cause corrosion in your vehicle.

As a side note, in cold weather conditions such as snow and ice, switching your summer tyres to either winter or all-season tyres can help increase safety levels. All-Season and Winter tyres perform better in cold and wintery conditions, ensuring an improved level of grip which helps decrease braking distances.

If you would like to know more about all-season tyres, please click on the link below.

All Season Tyres

Methods for removing the rust

Firstly, you should make sure you wear protective gear like gloves and eye protection when attempting to remove rust from a car.

Next up, you would want to purchase some rust remover. You'll want to let the rust remover sit on the metal for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing off any excess with a wire brush or microfibre cloth. If this has not removed all of the rust, you may need to use sandpaper.

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