An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
We all know that preventing a problem is a lot easier and cheaper than fixing it after it has already occurred.
Vehicles are no different – preventing damage to your car or truck is much easier, cheaper and faster than repairing existing damage which is making your vehicle unsafe, unsightly, or not operate properly.
The vehicles we drive are made mostly of metal (steel), and untreated metal starts to rust as soon as it comes in contact with oxygen and moisture. Rust, or iron oxide, is a type of corrosion which changes metal into a brittle, flaky substance which will eventually disintegrate.
Every car and truck is subject to the rusting process, which shortens its lifespan, causes much damage to it and decreases its value. The rusting process can take a long time, however there are factors which accelerate it, causing the metal to corrode much faster;
One of these factors is the salt and chemicals sprayed on the road in the Winter.
Such chemicals as sodium chloride (salt), brine (mixture of sodium chloride and water), magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium acetate and many others, are composed of molecules which stick to exposed metal, increasing and hastening its corrosion.
The Northeast of the United States suffers some of the harshest Winter conditions in the country, causing excessive use of chemicals throughout Northeastern cities and municipalities. These chemicals are used to prevent icing, as well as to de-ice the roads in Winter.
Vehicles in the Northeast are subjected to extremely-destructive conditions for metal on a regular basis!
These harmful chemicals are captured in the crevices of the vehicles driving over them, and become trapped under mud and road debris which hold them to the metal. This ongoing exposure to road chemicals and constant abrasion from road-dirt fuels the corrosion process.
Many of our customers pressure-wash the undercarriage of their vehicle after the roads have been salted, to try to clean the corroding chemicals off the metal. Washing your vehicle regularly is beneficial and recommended. However, driving over salt sprays it deep into the insides of the car, hurting hidden parts which are difficult to wash. In addition, many do not realize that these de-icing chemicals stay on the road all winter long! It takes much rain, combined with special cleaning performed by municipalities in the Spring, to get rid of the salt.
Another factor which can accelerate the rust process is parking a vehicle directly on grass or a gravel driveway. Ground moisture is constantly being released and without a paved, asphalt driveway to act as a barrier, the vehicle is exposed to an excessive amount of dampness. This moisture, combined with oxygen, causes the metal to rust faster and more severely.
Once rust starts – it will not stop!
Much like a rash spreading through the human body, rust will continue to spread through metal, eating it slowly until complete disintegration.
Rust is a real danger; One of the first tell-tales signs of rust is when the fuel lines or brake lines of a vehicle need to be replaced. In all cases, this is because the undercarriage is corroding. Replacing fuel and brake lines is a costly repair, and is the first sign that your undercarriage may need serious attention.
Rust will also oxidize electrical wiring and connections under the vehicle. In modern vehicles, which include a large amount of electronic components, this can cause a computer malfunction. Such malfunctions interfere with interior electronics such as the speedometer, fuel gauge, the ABS system, etc., causing unsafe driving conditions and preventing the car or truck from running properly. Damage to the electrical wiring will trigger “check-engine” lights because most vehicles are electronically controlled.
Additionally, rust attacks drivetrain components such as engines, transmissions, bearings, seals, and axels, resulting in premature mechanical failure to these parts.
Finally, rust will cause the undercarriage of an unprotected vehicle to undergo structural failure. This can include cracked or broken frames on trucks and SUVs and deteriorated frame rails on cars. Such damage is extremely dangerous to the driver and passengers, as it can cause the critical-suspension and drivetrain components to separate from the vehicle, resulting in catastrophe. It is not uncommon for vehicles, especially work trucks, to come in with a broken frame due to rust.
Remember – rust is corrosion with an appetite for anything metal!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
At Rustoration we use an eco-friendly, non-drying heavy oil or a semi-drying coating which coat the entire undercarriage of the vehicle, and are sprayed in its body-cavities and crevices. These products were developed after much research and engineering and have been around for decades. The products we use continuously remain self-healing, enabling them to continue to creep into every nook and cranny after they are sprayed. This ensures ongoing coverage of weld seams, joints, and fasteners, keeping the entire undercarriage lubricated and protected. In the event, for example, that a pebble from the road chips the undercoating, the coating will move to cover the area that became exposed.
At Rustoration we treat our customers’ vehicles annually, spraying the undercarriage of the car or truck thoroughly with our eco-friendly, impressively-performing, heavy oils or coatings. Special wands and nozzles allow us to apply the protective oil even inside the frame rails, rocker panels, and other difficult-to-reach areas. Most new vehicles even come with removable plugs which allow easier access to these areas- vehicles are meant to be undercoated!
The products we spray leave a protective film that can stand up to the harshest weather conditions as well as to destructive chemicals. They seal the metal, keeping moisture, salt and road debris out of interior frame and body areas.
Undercoating treatments are affordable to every pocket and are designed to benefit vehicles, plows, farm equipment, and anything in danger of rusting. We offer multiple rust-proofing maintenance plans to fit every budget, for individuals and fleets.
Rest assured that, for a very small investment, your vehicle will remain rust-free and safe for years to come, even while driving on messy Winter roads!