Q:

How do I remove rust from my car?

A:

Quick Answer

Removing rust that is on the surface of the vehicle is as easy as sanding down the rusty area with sandpaper, applying primer and repainting the surface. Deeper rust may require using a sanding wheel to remove the rust or replacing the affected body part. If the body part in question has been completely eaten through to the point where the rust has eaten holes in the metal, it will need to be replaced.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Rust is the breakdown of iron-based metal in a process called oxidation. During oxidation, metal combines with oxygen in the air and creates iron oxide, otherwise known as rust. Given enough time, iron oxide can completely eat through iron-based metals.

Thanks to advancements made by auto manufacturers, surface rust is now the most common type of rust on automobiles. Today's manufacturers use magnesium and aluminum in car construction, both of which corrode at a much slower rate than what was used back in the 1970's. Cars and trucks whose bodies are made of steel typically get a special coat to protect against rust. Owners of older models may still have to deal with rust.

Deeper rust forms over time and over the course of an automobile's lifetime, and can eat holes in the frame and other parts. In this case, metal that has "rusted out" should be replaced, especially if it compromises the safety of the vehicle.

Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some tips for painting your car on your own?

    A:

    To paint your car without assistance, remove and treat any rust on the body of the vehicle, and use a quality body filler to patch any holes before beginning the painting process. Paint the car in an enclosed, clean and well-ventilated area, and use a good primer. Use a two-stage base and clear coat system and a paint sprayer with a pressure regulator and a water and oil separator.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    How do you remove rust from a car?

    A:

    You can remove rust from your car by grinding, priming and painting the affected area. Removing surface rust from your car prevents scale and penetrating rust, which compromises the metal structure and reduces its strength. Tools for removing rust include an electric handheld grinder, fine sandpaper, tape, auto body primer and paint.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What is a car's powertrain?

    A:

    A vehicle's powertrain, also called the powerplant, consists of those parts or components that conduct the vehicle's power from the original source of energy to the surface of the road. In most modern vehicles, the powertrain includes the engine, transmission, drive shaft, differentials and what is known as the final drive.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are the steps to painting a car?

    A:

    Steps for painting a car include gathering information regarding local legal restrictions, placing tarp on valuable items in the garage, cleaning the vehicle thoroughly, removing any imperfections from its surface, and masking the car parts that are not to be painted. Then, coat the car with primer and paint, and allow the latter to dry.

    Full Answer >

Explore