Mr Magic Can Help You with Rust Prevention!

Rust prevention is one of the most important things you can do for your car.  There are several steps to follow that can help prevent this and keep the value of your car.  Mr. Magic offers these services and wants to help you get the most out of your car.

1. Take your car to a professional and have it rustproofed before corrosion starts. The best-rustproofing procedure requires parts of the car to be removed. A rustproofing material is then applied in and around the car's body so the hidden areas are protected.

2. Wash your car every two weeks -- more if necessary -- to remove dirt, dust, road grime, tree sap, dead bugs, bird feces and other contaminants. Those things can ruin the protective clear coat on your car. They can also scratch the paint on your car. Both can lead to rust and corrosion. During the winter months when there's salt on the road, or if you live near the ocean, you should wash your car every week if possible to prevent salt damage.

3. Check the drain holes in your car every time you wash it. Those holes are commonly located at the inside bottom of the doors, around the edges of the hood, and around the edges of the trunk. If the holes are plugged, water will build up and cause rust. If you find a plugged drain hole, clean it out with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush.

4. Wax your car every couple of months or so, as needed, depending on where you live. Use a quality car wax that offers protection from the sun. Even so, park your car in the shade as much as possible to help protect its finish.

5. Seal scratches and chips in the paint on your car immediately to prevent rust. Apply clear nail polish to seal scratches (see resources), or use touch-up paint.

6. Inspect your car from top to bottom on a regular basis. Look for bubbles or blisters in the paint. Those are indications that surface rust has started to corrode the metal underneath the paint. The areas on a car's body that usually rust first are around the window trim. Also, check around the fenders and the wheel wells for signs of rust. Repair the spots you find right away before they get worse.

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