3 Tips for Catching Car Rust Symptoms Early

January 27, 2012

Car rust can not only cause expensive damage; it can also greatly depreciate the resale value. Modern automotive finishes tend to be a bit softer and more easily damaged. Therefore, proper care is very important in maintaining a rust free car.

Chipped Paint

Checking for chipped paint, especially along the edges, and touching the paint up will help to prevent rust from developing. The hood is especially prone to rock chips, especially on highway driven cars. Chipped paint can allow moisture to permeate the metal and causes small spots of rust. Deeper chips may require professional touch ups.

Paint Blisters

Any sort of blister or bubble in the paint can indicate rust has already begun to develop. Additionally, any rust colored water spots may indicate rust has developed somewhere above the water spot. A thorough inspection can help determine the origin. Many times paint blisters will require professional repair.


Anywhere there are scratches there is the possibility that water is able to get into contact with the sheet metal and cause rust. Scratches are usually found on the doors and near door locks and handles. Depending on the depth of the scratch, it may require a professional do the repair. Minor scratches are often able to be touched up.

Keeping a car properly washed and waxed will help protect it from the elements. Cars rust because dust, dirt and road salt attack the finish, especially if there is any type of damage to the paint. Waxing the car with a high quality wax several times a year creates a barrier that will help protect the paint finish from damage and reduce the possibility of car rust.

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