If your car was involved in a minor accident in the past and you did not fix a small dent that has now formed some rust, then you will be pleased to learn that you can easily stop the damage. It is vital that you remove the existing rust and take steps to prevent the future growth of more rust. Once rust starts to grow on metal, then it will travel and continue to eat through healthy metal until it all becomes rusted and falls apart. To avoid this fate for your car, follow this simple rust removal process:
Step 1: Sand Off the Rust Using Fine Grit Sandpaper
In order to fix the rust damage on your car, first, you must sand off all of the existing rust. Use a fine grit sandpaper and rub it over any area where you see rust. While you should take care to avoid sanding areas where the paint still adheres to the metal, you must sand those areas that have flaking paint. Paint that has flaked off of the metal is already damaged and there is likely to be rust underneath it.
Step 2: Apply a Rust Inhibitor Product to the Sanded Area
Using a rust inhibitor product that you have purchased at your local auto parts store, apply a thin coat to the rust damaged area using a brush or cotton rag. Do not spray the rust inhibitor onto your car because the overspray can damage other areas of the car's paint job. Once you have applied the rust inhibitor, allow it to dry according to the instructions on the bottle before you apply primer to the area.
Step 3: Apply a Layer or Primer to the Bare Metal
Once the rust inhibitor has dried, then you should apply a thin layer of primer paint to the bare metal. The primer will help the colored paint adhere and will make the repair look more professional.
Step 4: Paint Over the Primer with Matching Touch Up Paint
Finally, you need to apply some matching touch up paint to the primer to finish this simple dent repair. You can purchase paint that matches the color of your car at your local auto parts store or from the dealership where you bought your car. The parts person can check the VIN of your car and it will let them know what color of paint matches the paint your car was sprayed with in the factory. Dab on the paint in thin layers and allow it to fill the damaged area. Allow the paint to dry before you drive your vehicle for the best results.
When I decided to restore my old car, one of the things that I was excited about was repainting the car. I spent a lot of time researching how to do the paint job properly because I wanted to be sure that it looked professional. I learned a lot about tips and tricks to create a quality finish, and when the car was done, I knew I had to teach others what I learned. This blog is my chance to share my tips and help others to feel better prepared to paint their own restoration projects. I hope the information here helps you to do just that.