Holiday Gift Ideas for the Auto DIY Virgin; Getting into the Auto Restoration Game; Start by Mastering Techniques to Remove Rust

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The novice DIY auto restorer will need to solve the biggest problem of any restoration project. Face the rust. Find ways to eliminate it. Make sure it doesn't come back. Eastwood, auto restoration experts, marketing tools and supplies for the auto enthusiast, can get a newbie started on a potential lifetime love affair in restoring old discarded cars and bring them back to pristine beauty. Here are some suggestions for gifts for the DIY Virgin; these gifts are sure to bring a smile to their face when they open their surprise gift box. They may even forego the holiday meal and head right out to the garage and give these effective rust problem solvers a try. Getting rid of rust is kids play with Eastwood products.

Auto Restoration Tools That Help You Get the Job Done Right

Holiday shopping for a budding auto restoration enthusiast can be a cinch. There are many tell-tale signs of an auto hobbyist in the making. They can't get enough of reading auto repair magazines. They look longingly at old beat-up cars, seeing something in their creative minds that some family members and friends can't understand.

Some novice enthusiasts will just want to tinker and are satisfied with little changes they make to their ride on a Sunday afternoon. Others seem to have grease in their blood and want to hang out in garages - their own or that of shop owners glad to pass along the secrets of solving auto repair and restoration problems.

The novice DIY auto restorer can begin the hobby by solving the biggest problem of any project that looks to others like an old piece of junk. Rust, rot and corrosion come hand-in-hand with the auto restoration hobby. The auto Virgin motorhead knows they need to face the rust. Find ways to eliminate it and make sure it doesn't come back.

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 rust -- the number one auto restorer challenge.

One suggestion is to treat it chemically. Eastwood recommends a four step process to restore rusting metal.

The first is to clean the area to be restored with a wire brush to get off all the loose rust and scale.

Next, grease, oil and contaminants still remaining after the wire brush procedure, needs to be thoroughly removed in order to achieve a quality finish. Wrap up a can of PRE, an Eastwood exclusive formulation, that prepares the surface and removes dirt, wax, polish, grease, silicone, buffing compound and road tar. The gift recipient will be delighted that PRE also helps promote adhesion.

Next put a ribbon on Eastwood's Rust Converter which helps the new restorer change the surface rust into an inert, paintable surface. Eastwood's Rust Converter is a perfect product for the novice who can easily spray it on with aerosol or paint it on with liquid.

The third step in rust chemical conversion is to encapsulate the area to prevent future rust from coming back. Put Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator in a gift box and the newbie restorer can apply it directly over the surface where it seals and stops rust and corrosion from spreading. It can be used over or under body fillers. Rust Encapsulator, a gift that keeps on giving, can 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 present is a can of Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black. This durable epoxy formulation is called “Extreme” because it is a three times more effective than Eastwood's original, exclusive Chassis Black.

Wrap up Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black and give a gift delivering maximum durability formulation that resists brake fluid, fuel, solvent, chips and scratches. It also resists damage from high temperatures and can be used on all makes and models. Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black results in 60 - 70% gloss for suspension parts and frame.

The four product gift package will immediately send the auto enthusiast out to the garage to try the products out on firewalls, trunks, floors, in addition to the frames. Don't hold dinner.

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.

If you're writing a holiday gift story for the automotive enthusiast, please feel free to contact me for hi-res photo's or a request for sample products to review. Eastwood like to help make this a 'special' surprise holiday for the resto tinkerer or addict.

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