Classic Car Rust Repair: Advice from the Experts

classic car rust repairRust is the enemy of classic-car owners everywhere. Indeed, the accumulation of rust over a long period of time can render classic cars unsalvageable. And while the appearance of rust on a classic car may or may not indicate a major structural problem, removing and treating rust can prove difficult and/or cost-prohibitive. Here, we’ll explain all aspects of classic car rust repair, including how to diagnose the severity of a rust problem, how to prevent rust in the first place, and what you can do to repair rust on a classic car.

How Rusty is too Rusty?

Enthusiasts looking to buy a classic car need to thoroughly inspect any vehicle before they make a purchase. Though it’s easy to fall in love with a certain make or model, it’s unwise to overlook rust problems. Surface rust that appears on or around the tires is relatively easy to amend. However, once rust permeates through the panels of a car it may become almost impossible to restore the car. Of course, each classic car should be judged on a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize the threat rust presents.

Preventing Rust

Of course, the easiest way to manage a rust problem is to avoid it altogether. Storing your car in a warm, dry location to reduce exposure to moisture and starting it regularly are two basic ways that classic car owners can limit their car’s risk of developing rust. For a more in-depth look at how to keep rust off your ride, check out our blog here.

DIY Rust Repair

As mentioned above, surface rust (while an eyesore) is a common problem that affects many classic cars. Still, even at this stage it’s imperative to remove rust completely, because, if ignored, rust will continue to eat away at your car. For small rust repairs, cleaning the area with an anti-rust solution, lightly sanding it, and painting over it carefully will –– more often than not –– solve the issue.

Classic Car Maintenance & Cleaning

Classic car owners who live in cold or wet climates need to take particular care to inspect, clean, and maintain their classic car in order to avert the development of rust. The good news is, by investing in a few solid cleaning solutions and practicing sound storage tips, you can mitigate against most rust-related troubles. If, though, you’re purchasing a classic car with rust damage, or your own vehicle has accumulated rust, it’s important to contact a professional for assistance. Eliminating all of the rust on a classic car as quickly as possible could potentially save you a good deal of money –– and perhaps your entire car! So don’t wait if you’re worried about rust affecting your car, call a pro today.  

Learn More

At Precision Restorations, we’re happy to handle a wide variety of classic-car restoration projects. Whether your car needs a fresh coat of paint or complete rust removal, we’re ready to restore your car. You can contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966, or email me directly at [email protected]. We love talking about restoring classic cars!