HOW TO PREVENT EXTERIOR RUST AFTER A FLOOD

HOW TO PREVENT EXTERIOR RUST AFTER A FLOOD

With Queensland’s hot summer in full swing, these sweltering day’s are often followed by a storm and even floods. If you happen to get caught out and choose to go through some floodwater with your car, we have listed a few things that can be done to ensure your car doesn’t end up in the scrap yard in a few years.

Your vehicle will usually have a form of rust protection already, in the form of paint and maybe an occasional wax or undercoating. Rust is caused when metal is exposed to air and the process is worsened when exposed to water, so that’s why it’s important to rust prevent after your car has been through floodwaters.

First things first – wash your car. Whether you take it to the carwash or give it a good clean at home with normal car shampoo and cleaners, you want to get all of the dirt and debris off of your car. Don’t forget underneath, give it a good spray with a high pressure hose. If you notice any scratches or chips repair these with some touch-up paint if you have some, and also use it over any newly exposed metal. If you don’t have any to hand, give it a good coat of wax to act as a barrier until you can get the damage repaired permanently.

Make sure you have a good inspection underneath your car once it has been washed. Look out for anything that may appear damaged or any exposed metal . If there is some exposed metal use a rust killer or, if you think something has been damaged, get the car to your mechanic as soon as you can, to have them check it out.

If you think something on your car has been damaged and would like one of our mechanics to look at it, contact us by email or on 07 3207 2224

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