Pottstown, PA (Vocus) August 17, 2010
Rust, rot and corrosion come hand-in-hand for auto restoration hobbyist who want to restore an old car. Eastwood, the marketer of tools and supplies for repair, restoration, and modification of cars, trucks, and motorcycles for the past 32 years, suggests effective ways to address this number one auto restorer challenge - rust.
"One way to approach rust is to treat it chemically and utilize abrasive blasting," said JR Robinson, product manager at Eastwood with over 25 years experience in the automotive aftermarket arena. As an expert in automotive rust removal, Richardson also discusses another alternative for cars that are still on their casse's - chemical restoration.
Chemical restoration is a choice the restorer has when an abrasive blaster can't get to the rust or mechanical tools can't get to hard to reach places.
Robinson recommends a four step process to restore rusting metal.
The first step is to clean the area to be restored with a wire brush to get off all the loose rust and scale.
Next, Robinson suggests that the grease, oil and contaminants still remaining after the wire brush procedure, be thoroughly removed in order to achieve a quality finish. PRE, an Eastwood exclusive formulation, that prepares the surface. PRE removes dirt, wax, polish, grease, silicone, buffing compound and road tar. PRE also helps promote adhesion.
Eastwood's Rust Converter then changes the surface rust into an inert paintable surface. "It’s easy to apply and can be sprayed on with aerosol or painted on with liquid in quart and gallon sizes," Robinson notes.
The third step in rust chemical conversion is to encapsulate the area to prevent future rust from coming back. Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator is applied directly over the surface where it seals and stops rust and corrosion from spreading. It can be used over or under body fillers. Robinson suggests that Rust Encapsulator be used as a primer for floor pans and other under-body parts since it fills tiny pin-holes and surface irregularities, and is compatible with lacquer, enamel and urethane top coats.
The final step Robinson suggests is to coat the surface with Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black. "The reason why we call it “Extreme” is because it is a three times more durable epoxy formulation than Eastwood's original, exclusive Chassis Black," Robinson explains.
Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black's maximum durability formulation offers improved brake fluid, fuel, solvent, chip and scratch resistance. Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black results in 60 - 70% gloss for suspension parts and frame. It is exclusively formulated to resist chips, corrosion and high temperatures and can be used on all makes and models. "At Eastwood, we give you an alternative to mechanical and abrasive restoration," Robinson said. "The four step chemical process can be used on firewalls, trunks, floors, in addition to the frames. Our system is easy to use and you can do it in your home garage."
Eastwood markets unique tools and supplies for repair, restoration, and modification of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Founded in 1978, Eastwood constantly strives to develop new products to serve the home automotive hobbyist, as well as individuals and organizations focused on the restoration and preservation of automobiles and motorcycles. Writers are always welcome to use any article in Eastwood's Free Tech Library, with attribution.