Why is it important to rustproof your fleet of vehicles?
Rust is an electrochemical reaction that threatens each and every vehicle: any iron or steel object exposed to oxygen or moisture will oxidize or rust over time, especially when considering that chemicals such as road salts speed up the rusting process.
The good news is that treatments and products can be used to efficiently fight and prevent rust on your vehicle. In this article, we highlight the importance of preparing yourself for this problem and the many reasons why you should consider protecting your vehicle fleet from rust. We also share some advice on how to fix and prevent rust.
What is rustproofing?
To fully understand what rustproofing is, let’s start by defining what rust is. Rust is another name for iron oxide, an element formed when a metal containing iron (such as steel) is exposed to oxygen and moisture for an extended period of time. Vehicles are prone to rust because their body is usually made of steel.
Rustproofing consists of applying a product to the exposed parts of a vehicle in order to protect the metal parts and prevent the formation of rust. The anti-rust treatment process can vary depending on mechanical wear and environmental conditions.
Why is it important to protect your vehicle fleet against rust?
Protecting your vehicle fleet from rust is very important: it might save your business depending on the industry you operate in and save you a lot of money (repair costs, etc.). Here are some specific reasons why you should rustproof your vehicle fleet:
1. Protect your investment
Buying a vehicle is a large investment that can cost you anywhere from $ 5,000 to over $ 100,000. Whatever you pay for your car, the objective is to enjoy your investment for as long as possible and extend its lifespan. Thanks to the anti-rust treatment, you protect the parts of your car that could be damaged and eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
Applying an anti-rust treatment prevents corrosion, but also optimizes your car’s engine for better mileage and performance. With the presence of rust, vehicles are prone to frequent breakdowns and problems. Protecting your vehicle fleet can save you a lot of money that you would otherwise have to spend on repairing rust damage.
2.Winter conditions can accelerate the rusting process
Salt and vehicles don’t get along very well, as salt is one of the main factors that can affect a car or truck and stimulate rust. If you live in a snowy area, there is a good chance that roads and highways are covered in road salts and other harsh chemicals in order to melt ice and snow deposits. Unfortunately, this salt and its residue remain in the underbody of your vehicle and speed up the rusting process. This is why it is always recommended to carry out a rust check after the winter season. This way, if there is rust on your vehicle, you can act quickly and prevent the damage from getting worse.
3.Seasonal changes stimulate rust
Just like the intense winter season, other seasons can make your car vulnerable to corrosion. The two main seasons when your vehicle is most vulnerable to rust are spring and winter. In the spring, when the temperature rises, the presence of salt left in the crevices and nooks of your car or truck can activate and stimulate the rusting process. The rusting process is faster and more powerful in warmer, more humid conditions.
An anti-rust treatment before or after these seasons is strongly recommended, it can make a big difference to the longevity of the vehicle in places subject to salt. If you have a fleet of vehicles or heavy equipment fleets, we offer a mobile rustproof service. Our specialized teams will travel to where your fleet is located and apply the treatment to save you time and money. We also have an RV and heavy-duty processing bay that can accommodate vehicles up to 14 feet high and 40 feet long.
What are the costs of different types of rustproofing treatment?
There are several types of rust inhibitors, some more effective than others. Here are the 3 most popular options available to you:
1. Oil treatment with the addition of calcium sulphonate grease
An oil treatment with the addition of calcium sulfonate done when the vehicle is new is the best starting treatment due to its excellent hold and abrasion resistance. This treatment can be applied to the entire body of the car, including the underside. It therefore succeeds in protecting the latter from corrosion without causing any drop after application.
The grease treatment costs between $ 150 and $ 1000 or even more depending on the type of vehicle and the type of treatment. For a new vehicle, the best possible protection is to do this type of treatment when leaving the dealership and treatments with oil added with paraffin the following years.
2. Oil treatment with added paraffin.
The oil treatment (CHANGE THE NAME OF THE LINK) is the most recommended by professionals because of its effectiveness and very competitive price. It requires an annual application. Obviously, some vehicles are tougher than others, but it’s better not to take any chances.
It’s protection includes the underside but also, and this is where its greatest advantage lies, the narrowest and hidden parts, namely the door seals or the rather difficult to reach crevices which are more susceptible to rust. For the oil treatment, the cost is cheaper and ranges from $ 90 to $ 110 depending on the type of your car.
3. Electronic Rustproofing
This is one of the newer treatments regularly offered at dealerships, very often at exorbitant prices. Electronic modules or inhibitors are purchased and installed through the car battery, and send low continuous electrical currents across the entire metal surface of the vehicle.
This treatment developed for boats does not have the same effectiveness for a car because to function properly, the steel must remain in permanent contact with water. This theoretically prevents a car from rusting by disrupting the chemical reaction that causes rust.
This is a very expensive treatment since it costs around $ 300/400 at a specialist and $ 500-1000 at dealerships. It remains a treatment which is still relatively new and the verdict on its effectiveness is still very questionable.
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How to prevent rust on your car?
Here are some expert tips to help you prevent the formation of rust:
Keep your vehicle clean and dry
Water is your biggest enemy when it comes to rusting, as it is the oxygen in water molecules that combines with iron and forms iron oxide. Always try to dry your vehicles and not leave them outside for long periods of time. Also, if your car is located in a humid indoor environment such as a garage, consider installing a dehumidifier. Remember to always clean off mud or dirt, as they can hold water.
Paint your car
Paint can also create a protective coating on metal surfaces and prevent moisture from reaching them. It’s not the ideal solution to prevent rust from eating away at the vehicle, but painting can be a simple and easy way to slow down the rusting process. It is important that you know what type of paint to use to prevent rusting. The paint must be able to adhere to the metal. You will also need to use an oil-based, non-water-soluble paint.
Storage of your vehicles
Store your vehicle away to use it later. You can store your vehicle on a polish to cut moisture from the ground, both indoors and outdoors.
Contact a professional team
The best way to protect your vehicle fleet and ensure its longevity is with a team of experts. Antirouille Champlain offers mobile and industrial rustproofing services for heavy equipment fleets. We will go where your fleet is to take care of your vehicles. We have been perfecting our anti-rust treatment since 1972 so your car is in good hands with us!