Rustproofing treatment why rusty cars are not a thing of the past
Due to significant improvements in automotive vehicle production many people believe that rusting cars are in the past. However this is a major misconception by the general public with serious problems of rusting found on the bodywork of modern cars. Even though new cars are usually covered by a vehicle manufacturers warranty and also have a rustproofing treatment applied during production, corrosion can still become an issue. Ford employed around 20 vehicle inspectors with each person tasked with specifically checking around 15 Ford Focus Estates per day for around 2 weeks per month. During this period it became evident that their was a problem with the tailgate, and around 10% of the total vehicles checked had to be recalled due to rust perforation and repaired under their 12 year warranty scheme. Usually the rust goes unnoticed by the car owner due to being hidden from view behind sill covers, plastic liners or under trays.
Certain vehicle manufacturers coat the under trays with soundproofing material to reduce cabin noise pollution. However this sound proofing method can hold moisture and accelerate corrosion around the vehicle under-carriage and chassis area. A few years ago out of the 27,285,855 passenger vehicles tested at an MOT station throughout the UK the statistics revealed that 5% failed with corrosion issues found on components, mountings and the vehicle main body frame. When your car is annually inspected at a MOT centre the plastic covers are rarely removed and this can lead people into a false sense of security. Did you know that many Japanese cars have little or no adequate rust protection due to them not using salt on their roads to clear snow and ice throughout the winter. Another common factor in modern vehicles is the plastic liners rubbing through the paint layer to reveal the bare metal and blocked drainage channels.
Modern vehicle manufacturing pre-production rustproofing treatment
With modern vehicle manufacturing we have started to see the introduction of pre-production treatments and in connection with product design the more frequent use of aluminium, plastics and other advanced composites to reduce the risk of rusting. High grade steels that are pre-galvanised to provide excellent anti corrosion protection are also re-coated around the edges once cut along with the addition of a polymer coating before painting. For vehicles that are produced with pre-galvanised steel they are hot-dipped during production to completely galvanise the car body frame.
Automotive corrosion protection
Modern car manufacturers also provide different levels of corrosion protection based on the vehicles destination for sale. With cars exported to the middle east not having a great resistance to the effects of rusting due to the extremely high temperature and dry conditions. Whilst vehicles destined for the UK market have a high level of corrosion protection due to the problem of road salt. Cars exported to the Scandinavian automotive market have even greater protection to deal with high humidity levels unique to this geographical region.
DINITROL Treatment Centre vehicle anti-corrosion rustproofing treatment
To ensure your vehicle is protected it’s imperative that automotive manufacturers apply a good anti-corrosion coating during production to ensure the car remains rust free for life. However not many people are aware that the zinc element in galvanised steel will corrode over time and whilst not structural this will affect the steel. Throughout the winter months it’s good practice to wash the road salt off from the vehicle undercarriage area to further minimise the risk of corrosion. Also in Scandinavian countries it’s very common for car owners to visit a local vehicle rustproofing station annually to have the vehicle inspected for corrosion with a full rustproofing treatment application every 1-2 years. To protect your car we recommend visiting a local DINITROL Treatment Centre in the UK for a full inspection, with the removal of plastic trim covers that can be hiding corrosion damage due to being permanently damp underneath.
DINITROL D.I.Y Car rustproofing kit
We also sell DINITROL Car D.I.Y. Rustproofing kits that once applied will provide excellent corrosion protection for your vehicle. With the product bundle also containing DINITROL RC900 rust converter that converts rust on substrates into a stable organic iron complex. Make sure your vehicle has a good resistance against the effects of corrosion by applying a complete rustproofing treatment. Normally a rustproofing treatment includes an OEM approved underbody chassis coating along with the injection of a cavity wax into closed cavities such as doors, frame members and exterior joints and crevices