How to Repair Rust Spots on a Car

Cars are exposed to all sorts of weather, be it rainy, sunny, humid, etc. And since moisture is an inevitable component in the atmosphere, your car is bound to develop rust as time goes by. It is obviously better to make sure that rust does not form on your vehicle but unfortunately, this cannot be avoided. And once rusting begins, it becomes a pain. Rust spots removal is a daunting job and requires extreme manual effort. However, there are some simple alternatives and ways to repair such spots. Following is also one of the best ways to repair rust spots on a car, take a look!!

Gather Right Supplies: - Whether you are thinking of removing rust spots on a car or planning to do some other repairs on a car, your initial step should be the collection of all the materials and tools you will require while performing such task. For this task, you will require supplies such as sandpaper, sanding wheel, painter’s tape, poly Sheet or old newspapers, rubber gloves, Rust-Oleum Automotive 2 in 1 Filler and Sand-able Primer, Automotive Touch-up Sprays/same-colored touch-up paint, Rust-Oleum Automotive Acrylic Clear Acrylic Lacquer, clean old cotton cloth, etc.

Mask the Vehicle: The next step that you should take into consideration is mask off the surrounding area using painter’s tape and poly sheet so you’ll have room to blend the touch-up paint into good areas. You must also cover the engine if you are planning to paint the hood. Also, you should close your vehicle's windows in order to prevent rust flakes from getting inside your car when you will scrape the surface off.

Removing and Cleaning: Once you are happy with the general preparation, it’s time to deal with the rust itself. You may require both sanding paper and sanding wheel to remove and clean the rust spots. For the tougher outer layer, it is better to use sanding wheel. You need to sand the surface until all the rust and coats of paint are removed. Now, once the tougher rust spots have been removed from the surface, you can use the sanding paper in the same manner you did for sanding wheel.

NOTE: Rust inhibitor protects the surface from future rusting. Thus, you can also use the same after removing the rust.

Prime the surface: - Now, as the surface is smooth and thoroughly cleaned, you are ready to apply base-coat. Use an automotive primer as it makes the surface more uniform and allows any paint to get a better grip. Spray two or three coats of the Rust-Oleum Automotive 2 in 1 Filler and Sandable Primer for better adhesion. Afterwards, let the primed surface dry for the instructed time.

Spray Paint/Touch up Paint: After letting dry the surface thoroughly, you can add the top coat paint to the surface. If you want to apply perfect match of top coat paint, then you can go for same-colored touch-up paint and if you want to apply simple black or white color then you can select Rustoleum Automotive Enamel Spray Paint. Make sure to follow the instruction correctly. You can find these instructions on the side of the spray cane. For more tips, you can visit here.

Add a Clear Coat: Clear coat is a kind of paint that is extremely popular nowadays. However, it is not supposed to color the vehicle, yet, it acts as a kind of shield to the touch-up paint on your car. Applying this coat can help you in avoiding dings, scuffs and seasonal damages to your car. As a clear coat, select Rustoleum Automotive Clear Acrylic Lacquer Spray that gives a shiny finish to the surface.

Buff the Surface: - Finally, it’s time to buff the surface. To do the needful, hand-buff the repaired area using a microfiber cloth or an old cotton T-shirt and buffing compound. Don’t use a polishing machine for this step. Wait at least 30 days before waxing.