How to Remove Rust from Your Car and Prevent it From Coming Back

    April 20, 2015

If you live anywhere in the country that gets snow, you’ve probably had more than your fair share of that cold white stuff this winter. The good news is that spring is finally here — but the bad news is that a lot of road salt is coating the underside of our vehicles.

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Salt is corrosive and can eat away at the paint on your vehicle and lead to rust and damage to the undercarriage.  If you haven’t already, now’s the time to give your car or truck a thorough washing. Do it sooner rather than later, because salt sucks up moisture in humid air, which can lead to even more problems as the warmer weather sets in.

Once you’ve washed your vehicle, check for any damage or rusty spots. If you find rust, you may be able to take care of it yourself with Loctite® Extend® Rust Treatment.  This is a one-step treatment that destroys old rust and prevents new rust. After spraying or brushing the rust treatment on, rust will disappear in a few minutes and be converted to a durable black protective coating. 

The following video will show you how I used Loctite Extend Rust Treatment on the leaf spring of a truck:

Loctite Extend can also be used for other things around your garage or yard that may have rusted over the winter, such as barbecue grills, patio furniture, iron railings and lawnmowers.  If you have a boat trailer, check the springs for any rust and treat them with Loctite Extend before you take your boat out for the season.

Here are a few tips for working with Loctite Extend

  • Tools: For small areas, a brush or roller works best, while large areas are covered most effectively by spraying. Dipping parts is not as effective.

  • Temperature Limits: Extend® is heat resistant to 200°F continuously and 250°F for short exposure periods. At temperatures above 250°F, Extend® will become brittle and will flake off.

  • Damp Surfaces: Surface can be damp for Extend® to work, but not wet.

  • Application Conditions: Must be between 50°F minimum and 90°F maximum. It’s best to apply during a time of day when temperatures are expected to increase rather than decrease — e.g., early afternoon rather than late afternoon.

  • Safety: Wear rubber gloves and protective glasses.

I hope these tips help you take care of any rust issues with your vehicle.  Keep an eye on the blog during the next few weeks for more tips for springtime maintenance.

Learn more about Henkel’s vehicle maintenance solutions here.

About the Author, Mike Oliveira

Mike Oliveira is an Application Engineer for Henkel. His present and previous employment has given him experience in assembly equipment, robotics, and electrical related items. Mike has used these job related skills to perform general automotive and household repairs. He earned an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology.

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