Island Color Rust Proofing
Rust is a sneaky beast to deal with. We have all seen cars completely rusted out on the side of the road or abandoned in a ditch, and we can picture doors with huge holes rusted out with only a hint of original paint showing. The interesting thing is that rust actually starts to accumulate on a car very early in ownership, it is just hidden away inside the floor panels, inside the doors, and underneath the wheel wells so it is impossible to see. Once you start to see the first signs of rust 6 or 7 years into ownership, it has already been growing from the inside all along.
When you realize where the rust starts, the preventative solution is a no brainer. We get inside your door panels and in between all the welds and apply a rust proofer that will ward off corrosion before it starts, nipping the problem right in the bud. Here is how we do it.
To bake up a delicious batch of rust, you only three ingredients: Iron, water, and oxygen. Since we drive out in the elements all day in vehicles made of steel, we are creating the perfect environment for rust to form, grown, and eventually devour everything in its path.
Once you know how rust forms the solution is simple. The rust proofer we use is a type of extremely thick wax that can be strayed onto surfaces or into tight spaces using a hose. By laying a thick durable wax coating inside the doors, the hood, and between the pinch welds of the frame we remove all three of the ingredients needed for rust to form. Oxygen can’t get to the iron ore in the steel and water and condensation are repelled away on contact.
We do not spray rust proofing on the underside of the vehicle. Since it is a waxy finish it makes an awful mess, dirt sticks to it, and your mechanic will be cursing your name if they need to get in there to repair something. Since the exposed areas of the vehicle are able to dry, unlike the inside of the panels, it is much less of a risk for rust.
Rust Proofing FAQ
Are there ever extra charges?
The only time the price increases is if your vehicle is above average size or has a unique challenge. We will let you know in advance. Whether it is a car or truck the fee covers the full rust proofing application.
How long does it last?
The rust proofing we apply should last for the life of your vehicle. Since we are spraying the inside panels where the coating cannot wash away it will eventually harden to form a permanent layer of protection. It is a huge insurance plan for such a small fee.
How long does it take?
Rust proofing takes about 2 hours to complete. Since the application is done on the inside of the door panels and welds there is no danger in driving your vehicle home right away.