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How to Protect Your Car From Rust and Corrosion

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Rust is a serious concern for drivers. If your car develops rust, it can quickly eat through the body, causing serious and costly damage that's difficult to repair. Unfortunately, there's no way to completely protect your car from rust and corrosion. If it's made of metal and exposed to moisture -- even the moisture vapor in the air -- it can rust. There are ways to lower the risk of this happening, however, some of which we're going to discuss in this blog post.

Wash Regularly

Washing your car on a regular basis is your first line of defense against rust and corrosion. A good rule of thumb is to wash your car at least once every other week for maximum protection. Neglecting to wash and clean your car will result in the clear coat and underlying paint layers wearing away, thus exposing your car's metal body to the elements.

Park Under Shade

It's also recommended that you park your car under shade. Whether it's a garage, mobile carport, tree, etc. shade will protect your car from the sun's otherwise harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays. So, why is this important? The sun's UV rays can wreak havoc on a car's exterior, causing the clear coat and paint to degrade and, subsequently, increasing the risk of rust and corrosion. You can keep your car looking new by parking it under the shade.

Keep It Dry

As previously mentioned, the metal body of your car must be exposed to moisture for it to develop rust. This is because rust is actually a chemical phenomenon in which the iron compounds of metal oxidize. As a result, you can protect your car from rust and corrosion by keeping it dry. Whenever you see moisture sitting on the surface of your car, use a towel to dry it. By keeping your car dry, you'll protect it from rust and related damage.

Wax

Of course, waxing your car will also protect it from rust and corrosion. Waxing will create an extra, invisible layer over your car's outer clear coat. This layer will prevent the intrusion of moisture, thus protecting your car from rust and corrosion. However, you should only wax your car no more than once every three months. Waxing it too frequently can hurt your car's appearance

These are just a few ways to protect your car from rust and corrosion. If you discover any rust spots, sand them down and buff them out as soon as possible to protect them from spreading.

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