Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Yes, it gets cold, and with the cold comes snow. A new coating of snow means a winter wonderland, but it also means slush and freezing rain, and of course, salt on the roads.
Vehicles get old, just like people. Of course, you could keep the car in the garage and never drive it – and then unlike a person who just stays in bed for their entire life – the car would never age. But, unless you’re rich and have a car collection just for show, you have to drive your car. Driving your car causes wear and tear, and driving your car throughout a winter wonderland causes ever greater wear and tear.
Some aging is unavoidable even if you take proper care of your car, but one problem that can be avoided, even in areas that experience severe winter, is rust. Rust is caused by a vehicle’s exposure to water, acid, humidity, and salt. Rust is not only unsightly, it is also damaging to a vehicle. It can compromise a vehicle’s integrity, shorten its lifespan, and decrease the resale value.
Peter J Farley, owner of Final Finish Collision Centers in the greater Boston area, not only offers the best specialists in the area when it comes to fixing your rust damage, he’s also happy to give you the most important tip on protecting your car from rust: If you see any exposed metal on your car, cover it up as soon as possible.
When your vehicle’s paint chips, metal is often exposed. Any time metal is exposed, especially to all the water and salt of the northeast winters, rust is a definite possibility. Paint touch-up jobs are do-it-yourself jobs, but they must be done correctly to protect the integrity of your car. Here are a few tips from peter J. Farley to make sure the job gets done right.
- Make sure to clean the area thoroughly before you begin.
- If rust has already started to form, sand it away before you paint. You don’t want to just paint over the rust.
- Make sure the color of the paint matches – you can test a small area that is hidden from view before you begin.
- Take your time. The overall appearance of your vehicle will be affected if rushed and done poorly.
- You can also use rust-proofing products to protect your vehicle. Be sure to properly clean your car before applying them.
Making sure to touch-up small paint chips as soon as they occur will help maintain the appearance of your car, and prolong its life.