Classic Cars and the R-Word

Written by Mike Wilson on December 19, 2017

If you’ve been around classic cars, you’ve probably noticed a few that need a little TLC, whether it’s just to fix up the interior, restore the paint to its original lustre, give that classic a tune up or remove one of the scariest words out there… rust.

Rust removal and repair can be a huge undertaking for a classic car if the rust significantly corroded the affected area. And although no one likes rust, it doesn’t have to be scary to remove.

There is a slew of cost-effective options for light rust removal such as using apple cider vinegar (really!) to brake fluid for car trims, to a variety of off-the-shelf products that work exceptionally well.

If the job is major, you may want to leave it to the professionals. Sandblasting is usually the most effective and quickest method of removing rust down to bare steel on larger surfaces. It is worthy to note, however, it also tends to be the most expensive option.

But, if we’re looking at lighter rusting, you may consider these 3 off-the-shelf products that make the rust removal process a lot less painful.

  1. Rust Bomb

    According to Hot Rod Network, Rust Bomb, is a goo which is applied to affected areas. It works extremely well and quickly, but tends to require a lot of the product to work effectively.

  2. Rust Eze

    Although the name immediately made us think of Flash McQueen (of Cars from Pixar and Disney), the product according to Hot Rod Network, which is a foaming solution, worked exceptionally well and was the only product to effectively remove rust without constant immersion.

  3. Evapo-Rust

    Evapo-Rust is a product that according to Hot Rod Network, worked best as a dipping solution. So, depending on the type of rust removal you’re looking to perform, dipping solutions may be an ideal option.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and think you can handle a DIY rust removal attempt, then you should be in good hands with the aforementioned options. Remember that seeing rust may be a sign of a bigger underlying rust issue that exists with your class car, so you’ll want to approach the project carefully, be observant for signs of rust damage and tend to it in a timely manner. Also, do keep in mind that in the case of severe rust, it may be best to just replace the metal part(s) than it would be to try and patch or repair it.  

Although we are not endorsing the aforementioned products, they do seem to work effectively according to multiple sources, namely Hot Rod Network, and for the most part, are cost-effective and easy enough to work with on a small scale.

Happy rust removal!

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