How To Treat Rust On A Car
Lately, you've been noticing rust spots on your car every time you walk over to your car, and you would like to know how to treat rust on a car. You still plan to keep the car for a while, but you want to see if you can treat the rust before it gets worse and ruins your car. The main reason that a car develops rust spots is because the paint gets chipped or scratched through the primer coat, usually from normal wear and tear. If you have fairly small rust spots, then it should be quite simple to treat rust on a car yourself.
To treat rust on a car you will need:
- Clean the rust spot. Dip a cloth into some alcohol and wipe on and around the rust area. Use a scraper or a knife to scrape off any loose paint or rust on the car.
- Use coarse sandpaper to remove the rust. Continue to rub the rust until it completely removed. If any rust is left behind, it will continue to grow. Be sure to apply even pressure so that the sanded area is not uneven. Sand the area until it is as smooth.
- Brush of any dust or particles from the surface. Be careful not to touch the area with your hand. The oils from your skin can stick to the surface and make it difficult to apply the paint later on your car.
- Apply the primer. Prime the area and a little bit around it, about a quarter-inch or so. Let it dry completely. Primer can be purchased at any automotive store and comes in a spray can for easy application.
- Apply the paint. Purchase the paint with the same color of your car (this can also be purchased in a spray can). Spray on a thin coat of paint at a time to stop the paint from running. To achieve a nice color and finish on your car, use as many coats of paint as needed over the primer.