How to prevent rust from road salt

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 5:11 pm

In parts of the country that experience freezing temperatures, winter driving can be a real hazard. To neutralize the danger of icy roads, salt and sand or chemical spray is spread on the roads after a snowstorm. These substances lower the ice’s freezing point, causing it to melt away faster, while also providing much-needed traction for drivers. Unfortunately, there’s a downside. Road salt can wreak havoc on your car’s body, paint and undercarriage. Here are some ways to protect your car from the ravages of road salt.

How to prevent rust from road salt

Be prepared

  • Before winter hits, wash your car thoroughly, covering every square inch, including underneath.
  • Carefully wax your vehicle. Give it a good coat, including a wax sealant to seal the deal.
  • Apply an undercarriage sealant as well. This may be a job to leave to the professionals, but you can buy a product to do it yourself.

Keep it clean

  • Run your vehicle through the car wash as often as possible in winter.
  • Plan car washes when the temperature rises a little above freezing, and when there’s no precipitation in the forecast.
  • If you have the time and patience, you can re-wax and re-seal after every few washes.
  • Otherwise, get in touch with a good car detailer. There are mobile ones who will clean your car while you’re at work.

Wash at home

  • Dress warm and waterproof if you’re going to wash your car at home.
  • Work from top to bottom, and get into all those hard-to-reach places where salt and slush can splash into.
  • Use soap specially made for washing a car, not dish soap, which can strip wax. Use a purpose-made sponge instead of a shop rag, which may have metal shavings in it.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the water to help neutralize the salt.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all the soap.
  • Dry thoroughly.