Undercoating VS Rust Proofing
Which one is right for you this winter?
When you finally decide to buy a new car it is a very exciting day. Once you sit down in the financier’s chair and they start to give you the hard sell about add ons, the excitement can disappear pretty quickly. While things like undercoating and rust proofing are key products to up sell new customers at a high margin, there is a way to save some cash by getting only the service you need for a fraction of the dealership price. Here is the low down.
What is the difference between Undercoating and Rust Proofing?
Simply put, undercoating protects the frame of your vehicle and rust proofing protects the body of your vehicle. Below we are going to walk you through each of the procedures so you can get a clear idea of what the purpose of each service is. Many people ask us which is the best protection for the potential corrosion due to winter road salt application, and we always recommend undercoating for this type of protection. It gives a solid protective barrier against any salt deposits and will greatly increase the life of your vehicle’s frame.
Undercoating: WHY and HOW we do it.
Why: To have your car or truck undercoated means having a layer of protection sprayed onto the undercarriage of your vehicle, including the floor boards, wheel wells, and frame. Since the underside of your vehicle is not washed during regular maintenance, and is not even rinsed by regular rain water, it is important to protect the exposed parts from rust and corrosion.
How: Applying an undercoating to a vehicle is a very straight forward procedure. It is something we can have finished in one day when the weather is dry, or done over night if the vehicle needs to be stored indoors to help it cure in rainy weather.
First we completely clean the undercarriage of the vehicle, making sure any oil, grease, or gasoline is removed to make sure the undercoating sticks evenly. Once everything is clean and dry we move onto spraying.
The undercoating that we use is a very thick, rubberized and texturized compound that adheres to the frame of the vehicle like paint but covers like a thick rubber coating. Some people try to perform undercoatings at home using over the counter spray cans, and it is definitely possible, but getting the room underneath your vehicle safely at home can be difficult, an producing an even coating can be even tougher. We use professional grade applicators and experienced technicians to apply a very thick, even undercoat that will last for the life of your vehicle without needing replacement under average use.
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Rust Proofing: WHY and HOW we do it.
Why: 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 solution is a no brainer.
How: 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.
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