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Data from a recent survey indicated that without additional rust protection, cars were certain to show some rust even after 5 years! Furthermore, manufacturers will only cover perforation rust which means a hole must be present. Newer cars are subjected to thousands of spot welds, numerous bends and folds during production. This process damages the pre coated metal, allowing exposure to the corrosion process. Besides cosmetic surface rust damage, this also affects the vehicle’s structural integrity. Yearly Rust Check applications will ensure your car is protected.
The short answer is NO – it’s your car and we will only apply product where you want us to. The longer answer is MAYBE… In order for your vehicle to be fully protected, and for us to get our product deep inside your doors and quarter panels, we sometimes drill very small holes. Small, half-inch holes are precisely drilled in specific locations of your vehicle so the Rust Check application can effectively protect against rust. These holes are then covered with a plug and are hardly noticeable. The GOOD NEWS is most new car manufacturers are now pre-drilling these holes for us, or have other areas that we can access appropriately. We NEVER drill holes unnecessarily, and never take short cuts with your vehicle.
Not anymore! For people concerned about dripping, our Coat & Protect option is the solution. Only Rust Check uses a unique two-step application process designed specifically to provide highly effective corrosion protection by utilizing products appropriate to different parts of your vehicle. Rust Check inside the body panels and other hidden areas and Rust Check Coat & Protect for exposed undercarriage areas. Rust Check Coat & Protect is formulated as a premium undercarriage treatment that forms adherent and wash resistant, but non-drying and self-healing protective films that will not crack or peel. Coat & Protect also provides and excellent undercarriage appearance (available in black or amber) and it lubricates as it protects.
Wash your vehicle often and well using a car wash soap. Avoid using a detergent because it will take off the wax with just one wash. Open the doors, trunk and hood and clean all seams getting rid of the dirt, because dirt is abrasive on the paint. Wax your car at least 2-3 times a year using a good quality wax. Avoid waxes that are included in the car wash soap because there is zero durability. Walk around your car and touch up any stone chips with paint. Leaving these areas exposed can turn into costly body shop repairs. After the winter season, shampoo carpets with soap and warm water getting rid of left over salt. Make use of rubber floor mats during the winter. If you park your car in a heated garage, beware that this can created humidity that invites rust. Give your car an anti rust treatment like RUST CHECK, once a year. Use an oil based product that is thin enough to penetrate all seams and crevices. Make sure to use a company with a proven product that only specializes in automobile rust proofing.
The Rust Check protection system requires a complete annual reapplication. For maximum protection, it is completely reapplied each and every time to protect all parts of your vehicle susceptible to corrosion. It also give us a chance to completely inspect your vehicle to see if there are any trouble areas, while at the same time re-lubricating the brake and fuel lines.
Be sure to wash your vehicle well and regularly in order to prevent prolonged contact with road salts. Additionally, its best to apply wax before the winter season begins. Touch up paint blisters or stone chips promptly. Repair any rust spots as soon as possible. A “rust converter” can be used as a quick temporary touch-up for chipped areas that are beginning to show rust. However, a proper touch-up should be done as soon as possible. If a problem is left untreated, rust builds up and the defect in the paint spreads by lifting the paint, resulting in undercutting during alternate wet-dry cycles. If you think you have a rust problem, stop by the shop for a free consultation!
No one time application lasts forever. “Permanent” rust protections typically offer a warranty for a maximum of 10 years. This means such systems can only delay serious rusting. Furthermore, annual inspections or touch-ups are usually required to keep the warranty valid. So as a result, there is no difference as far as the “convenience” factor is concerned. Rust Check maintains a high level of corrosion protection by completely retreating your vehicle every year. In doing so, Rust Check can offer a lifetime warranty – we will protect your car forever.
Only Rust Check has a thicker undercarriage gel for your vehicle. We apply two products: Rust Check – a light liquid oil-based product with active corrosion inhibitors to penetrate into crevices, in your doors and the main body of the vehicle. And Coat & Protect – a thicker version of Rust Check, with the same active ingredients to the underside. Its thickness gives it good wash and wear resistance. Unlike the sealants, Coat & Protect non-drying, so it won’t crack or peel. Plus Coat & Protect doesn’t drip, so it won’t make a mess of your driveway like the other guys!
It’s not only okay – it’s recommended. Corrosion on your vehicle actually needs heat in order to operate. It is during the hot days of summer, with the combination of oxygen, humidity and the calcium accumulated by your car the previous winter; that rust begins to do its damage. Additionally, the increased temperature results in the expansion of metal, which creates a bigger playing field for rust to attack your vehicle.
The good news is that Rust Check also enjoys the good weather: This is because Rust Check binds to the metal of your car more rapidly in a warmer temperature. And because the metal in your car expands, so do the tiny cracks and crevices, allowing Rust Check to creep into those tight spots. So there’s no need to wait for that first snowfall.
With the warm weather almost here, some timely attention to known problem areas can avert corrosion and help keep your car’s finish at its best. First spray the vehicle’s under carriage to remove caked on salt and sand. Many automatic car washes offer an underbody spray, but use a garden hose to target problem areas such as the fenders, wheel wells (especially the lips) and the inside of the bumpers. On doors make sure the drain holes are clear and wipe off any dirt or salt on all inside door seams. Inside the car, hot water, detergent and a scrub brush will loosen salt from carpets. Most floor panels actually rust from the inside out, so it’s best to get the salt out now!
Any time of the year is okay because Rust check offers protection for over a year. However, keep in mind after winter there is still salt on the inner body panels and on the vehicle’s under carriage. With summer’s warmer climate comes moisture and humidity. The combination of moisture and salt will accelerate rust. Rust Check will displace any moisture and will neutralize any road salt. Having your car Rust Checked after the winter is very effective because this is when your car rusts the most.
Well, sort of.
For some experts, the quality of rust proofing applications is the aspect most important in the rust treatment of vehicles. I agree, but I also believe that the quality of the product used is also as important. A fluid chemical that drips, like ours does, will always be more effective than the others that are too thick to penetrate all the seams and crevices; which is where rust usually starts. Thicker coatings that dry can actually accelerate rust, by trapping moisture or by developing cracks that let in water.
Rust Check offers Coat & Protect – a thicker oil that does not dry. Having pointed out the importance of the rust proofing fluid used, the method of application is crucial. It is important to be careful when shopping for rust proofing because application practices vary from one shop to another. Look for a location that specializes in rust proofing as their main business not just as an add on. Next, use a reputable company with a proven track record and warranty program.
The most important question to ask is “who is doing the work” and the “how much experience do they have”? Remember, any product is only as good as it is applied. For more answers to your questions, visit our location or e-mail us at Kelly’s Rust Check
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