Rust-Proofing Your Classic

Written by Wendy Keith on January 15, 2018

If you’re in Canada, or any other place with a beloved northern climate, you may think that rust-proofing your classic isn’t really all that important if you’re not driving it in the winter months. We, the people of the north, have become accustomed to associating rust-proofing and winter, due to the slush, snow, ice and salt that slather our roads.

While it’s true that winter conditions create the perfect storm for producing rust, prevention is the best solution. That said, rust-proofing is simply another smart way to protect your investment and shouldn’t just be left to those vehicles braving the wintery road conditions.

The process, if done by a professional, is relatively quick and is worth gold with respect to the protection it provides against the elements for your classic car. In fact, the process involves coating the underside of your vehicle, the wheel wells and the inside of doors and other nooks and crannies with an oily rust inhibitor. Basically, anywhere water, moisture or humidity may infiltrate, accumulate and settle, which would eventually lead to oxidation.

If you choose to take the DIY route, it is entirely doable if you don’t mind getting dirty and you’re the type of person who is thorough and patient. The coating itself, is made up of a rust inhibitor, which is quite oily and splatters when being applied, so it’s a good idea to protect your eyes, clothes and put down some type of protective coverage underneath the car before you start. Especially if you’re working within your own garage or work area.

Although this isn’t a comprehensive how-to, we do want to highlight that DIY rust-proofing guides often mention that you should puncture holes in your vehicle’s doors and/or rocker panels. If you’ve got a sweet classic on your hands, you may want to leave this part to a professional, evaluate alternative methods or forego the puncture, poke and spray method altogether.

As we usually do, we recommend that you seek out professional advice on how to best approach your DIY rust-proofing project given the type of classic you have.

Should you seek professional rust-proofing outfits to perform the job, make sure to mention you’ve got a classic car to cover your bases. Also ensure that no puncturing will be done without your approval.

Overall, while you’ll definitely enjoy protecting your investment, you may not like the act of protecting your investment yourself. Always be sure to be comfortable with the DIY’s you take on and should you have any doubts, have a professional perform the task rather than foregoing it yourself.

Happy rust-proofing.

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