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What Happens If Rust Develops On My Classic Car?

You love your hot rod, and you’ve spent likely countless time and dollars on it to ensure it stays in the condition that you love. The reality of classic cars is that because they’re older, they are sure to develop rust over the decades. Treating them with the appropriate methods and products is important – there’s a fine balance between removing rust and damaging the car’s parts and paint! 
 
When your classic car develops rust, the first step to treating it is knowing what kind of rust you’re dealing with. 
  • Surface rust lays on just that, your car’s surface. It hasn’t penetrated the metal’s pores and can be treated by sanding it off lightly and then applying a non-porous primer.
  • Pitted metal rust is a bit trickier to work with. It has developed a bit more and permeated the metal’s pores, but hasn’t rusted all of the way through. An easy way to remove this is by using a power drill that has a sharp bit. This will chip away rust and you’ll quickly be able to see clean metal underneath. 
  • Fully permeated rust cannot be chipped away and is a car owner’s worst nightmare. In the event that your car’s part has been rusted all the way through, you have two options: panel repair or replacement. At Vanguard Motor Sales, we’re able to repair your car’s panels to our best ability and recommend affordable replacement options in the event that they’re rusted beyond repair.
 
Rust is an inevitable part of being the owner of a classic hot rod, but keeping your car clean, dry and out of the snow is a great way to prevent it from becoming a large problem. For more information on classic cars, contact the team at Vanguard Motor Sales and we’ll be able to help. 

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