How To Rust Proof Your Classic Car?

February 28, 2020

Modern vehicles are made using rustproof alloys such as stainless steel and have powerful anti-corrosion coatings. Unfortunately, these technologies didn't exist or weren't ready for commercial use back when our beloved oldtimers were made. 

As a result, rust prevention is one of the main concerns of classic car owners everywhere. Proper classic car storage in Orange County is key when it comes to keeping your car safe during winter, but it's not the only thing you can do.

In the following article, we'll look at six highly-effective ways to reduce the risk of rust. Combined with a good classic car storage plan, these ways will enable you to keep your oldtimer rust-free even if you live in an unusually damp or salty area. Keep reading to learn more. 

How to protect your classic car from rust?

Many vehicle owners mistakenly assume that moisture is the main cause of corrosion. While water is definitely a contributor, the reality is that neglect, pollution, and salt content in the air can all cause your vintage car to start rusting.

Protect your oldtimer from rust by doing the following:

  • Waxing it regularly and being thorough about it. This means applying a hefty layer of wax to the car's underside, as well as getting a nozzle into the areas where the water can build up (up in the arches, inside the wings, in headlight cowls, etc.). 

  • Rinsing and drying. The main instigators of rust are the dirt, grit, and grime that stick to the body of your car. After coming back from an outing, take the time to rinse the car off and then rub it with a chamois towel. If you don't have the time to do that, consider hosing your car to at least give it a quick wash-down. 

  • Oiling it frequently using water dispersant oils. This will prevent moisture and filth from getting into difficult-to-reach places, and protect it from sticking to sensitive parts and causing them to corrode.

  • Decreasing the humidity in your garage (or whichever other enclosed space you use to store your muscle car). Doing so will prevent condensation, which is a major cause of oxidation. Buying a dehumidifier and running it in your garage is the most efficient way to go about it. If you don't have a garage, your best bet is to store your car at a facility that specializes in classic car storage.

  • Adding modern anti-rust technologies. Just because you can't upgrade the metal alloy your vintage car is made of, doesn't mean you can't add some cutting-edge rust-prevention parts. For instance, you can use modern weather protection systems to keep your wheels from spraying water and mud up into your car.

  • Giving it a good wash is something you should do on a regular basis. By cleaning out all the nooks and crannies, you'll be preventing dirt buildup and in turn preventing (or at least dramatically slowing down) the onset of rust. If you don't know how to do this yourself or you can't spare the time, consider having your car washed by the professionals. 

Where can I find the best classic car storage in Orange County?

As a vintage car owner, corrosion is something you'll always have to contend with. Even a joyride along the Corona del Mar State Beach can easily cause microscopic salt deposits to develop on your car's surface and even in its innards, resulting in the affected parts gradually becoming corroded.

The only way to ensure your classic car's safety is to have it cared for by the experts. As Orange County's premier provider of classic car restoration, painting, and storage services, Chimera Motors can make sure your oldtimer runs smoothly and stays rust-free for many years to come. Visit us today.

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