Which Antirust Should You Choose for Your Car?
The harsh winters of Quebec and the roads sprinkled with salt are not easy on the body of our vehicle. And even if the most modern vehicles have good anticorrosive treatments, it is important to monitor any sign of rust and prevent it with an effective rustproofing treatment. Are you unsure of which type of rust inhibitor to choose? Are you hesitating between an annual treatment and permanent treatment? We can help you make the right choice.
Should an Antirust Treatment Be Done on My Vehicle?
With the development of anti-rust treatments, vehicles that are less than 10 years old are often better protected from corrosion than older vehicles. But it does not completely prevent it because of the climate and the regular use of the vehicle, rust and corrosion can end up weakening the bodywork or affecting key parts of your car.
Beyond its unattractive appearance, rust can also weaken cables or anchor points of the suspensions. It is therefore important to prevent the problem or at least slow it down with certain treatments.
Which Antirust Treatment Should You Chose?
There are many antirust treatments available to protect your car. It all depends on :
- The age of your vehicle
- Your needs
Liquid or semi-solid oil: The advantage of the liquid oil is that its fluidity allows it to flow into every nook and cranny of the car by capillarity and to seep into the pores of the metal. The semi-solid oil is made from wax that warms with the heat of the car.
Grease: Grease-proofing treatments often repel consumers because they are more expensive. This is understandable since the grease does not run on surfaces, it is important to make sure it is applied everywhere. The process can take up to 5 hours! The advantage is that this treatment offers excellent coverage and lasts much longer. This is an ideal choice if you want to keep your car for at least 10 years.
An Annual Treatment: This is certainly the most popular treatment, although it is a regular cost for drivers. The treatment is applied to the bodywork, the underbody and the chassis of the vehicle.
A Permanent Treatment: If you have just bought a new car and want to keep it for a long time, it is advisable to do a permanent rustproofing treatment, and this within the first year of purchase. It is a more expensive treatment, but one that will quickly pay off because you will not have treatments done every year.
The Electronic Rust Protection: Originally, this treatment was reserved ... for boats! Thanks to the evolution of technology, today's vehicles can also benefit from this treatment. It is a less messy treatment than oil treatments, since it is sufficient to simply install a small device under the hood of the vehicle. This device is powered by the car battery, but rest assured, it does not consume more energy than your clock.
The device detects the amount of energy required to create an electrostatic field, so that the metal structure of the vehicle remains rich in electrons. It is only the electrons that can reduce the mobility of the ions, which are at the origin of the corrosion process.
When Should You Do your Rustproofing Treatment?
If you want to keep your vehicle for a long time, it is advisable to have a treatment done starting from the first year of purchase. If after three or four years of use, rust has already appeared, there is still time to apply rustproofing to slow down its progression.
Finally, it is recommended to do a rustproofing treatment during the summer, when it is hot. The antirust treatment will stick better to the body of the vehicle. It is also necessary that the car be clean and dry before the application of the treatment. In addition, with heat, the pores of the metal expand a little more and allow for a better absorption of the product.
Should the Vehicle Body Be Drilled for the Antirust Treatment to be More Effective?
Some garages using liquid oil treatments prefer to pierce the vehicle body to ensure that the rust inhibitor is applied to every nook and cranny of your vehicle. This speeds up the process, but it may weaken the sheet. That is why the technician then protects the edges of the holes with an anticorrosive product, before closing them with a waterproof cap.
Other garages prefer to search for all the natural openings and gaps in the vehicle, in order to apply the rustproofing treatment without the need to drill the vehicle body. Finally, some technicians take the time to disassemble the interior trim and moldings to avoid drilling the sheet. Of course, this type of treatment is more expensive, since it takes longer.
Don’t forget to check with your garage to see if they have plans on drilling the vehicle body before they start with the treatment. And check with the manufacturer of your vehicle to be sure that the corrosion warranty has not been canceled.
An antirust treatment is essential to keep a car in good condition and prevent rust from spreading on the body of your vehicle. Now you only have to choose the type of antirust that best suits your needs and your budget. Do you still have some questions about rustproofing? Are you still not sure which antirust treatment to choose? Make an appointment at a Point S Auto Center. Our experts will be able to advise you and provide you with the best advice.
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