Corrosion. Rust. Iron Oxide. Rot.
It’s hateful. And yet a totally natural process whereby steel or iron endeavours to convert itself back into its basic ore by reacting with Oxygen.
Car makers have upped their game seriously over the past 30 years. But where does this leave us classic car owners? Our cars were built with little protection. So, the few survivors left from any model range need to be protected, looked after: cherished.
Removing corrosion depends on where you find it forming. On an easily removable bracket, you can hit the item with wire brushes on an electric drill to remove all the paint, then repaint once you’re back to bright metal.
When rust occurs within a monocoque, unitary bodied car, the first symptom is usually paint bubbling and tell-tale orange streaks in the paintwork.
Depending on how far the bodywork has corroded changes how it needs to be fixed.
Bad corrosion needs cutting out and new metal letting in. Less bad? You can remove paint and treat the surface with a rust converter before repainting. You can use a spot blasting gun to clean the metal thoroughly. Using this method, the metal should be exposed to atmosphere for as short a time as possible.
Project Shop is adept at treating all forms of corrosion. We’ve seen it all. We can de-rust, then corrosion protect underbodies and internal cavities on bodyshells. We can weld-repair to as-new standards, fabricating where necessary or installing panels if available. No matter the rust problem you have got, Project Shop can sort it out for you.
How you can prevent rust:
• Start with a solid car
• Keep it spotlessly clean
• Store it – clean – in a heated or dehumidified garage
• If corrosion starts, treat it as soon as possible