Car Restoration Rust Removal Made Simple

March 12, 2012

Most car rust removal can be done without a professional by using this easy 6-step procedure.

Car Restoration Rust

Car restoration rust removal is an important procedure you must perform to improve the external appearance of your vehicle. Although rust removal appears to be a simple procedure, you need to have patience and precision when attempting the task yourself. You need to devote several hours to complete the entire rust removal project.

Gather Your Tools
Keep certain materials and tools handy. These include a pair of rubber gloves, painter's tape, sandpaper, a 150 grit sanding wheel, body filler and rust acid solution. Once you've got these materials at hand, you can start working on the car.

Prepare the Surface
To prevent rust from settling onto the area surrounding the spot that needs to be worked on, you have to tape the surface around the dent. Use the painter's tape for this purpose.

Begin Rust Removal
Use the sanding wheel to remove the topmost layer of solidified rust. Although the 150 grit sanding wheel takes care of some of the rust, you may have to use a metal grinding wheel to remove tough rust spots. Remember to work carefully, so you don't damage the surface of the car.

Remove the remainder of the rust with the help of sandpaper. While sanding the spot, avoid making any deep pits or scratches that could leave you with an uneven finish. If you do see a few scratches, correct the damage using body filler.

Apply Rust Acid Solution
Finally, apply a little rust acid solution to the spot after you've finished sanding it. Make sure you remove the acid by following the instructions listed on the package. If you do not wipe off the acid as per the instructions listed, you will damage the car's surface.

Prime and Paint
Once the rust is completely removed, prime the area and re-paint it within 24 hours so that the metal doesn't get oxidized again. As a general guideline, when priming the previously rusted spot, apply the primer in thin coats. You may apply up to three coats at 15-minute intervals. Remember to also remove any dust or particles that settle during the priming process. It's important to allow the final priming coat to set for a few hours before you paint the spot.