Rustproofing vs Undercoating

Rustproofing vs Undercoating Car

One of the most important aspects of owning a car is keeping up with maintenance. You’ll want to do everything that you can to make sure that your car lasts as long as possible by taking preventative measures that will help prevent the need for costly repairs. This includes either rustproofing your car or adding an undercoating.

Protecting Your Car

Your car is going to go through a lot of wear and tear throughout its use, which means that certain parts of your car will be more vulnerable than other. For example, the underbody of your car is going to be exposed to all kinds of potential damage, from scratches and dents caused by stray rocks and debris to rust and corrosion caused by exposure to water and other sources of moisture. Of course, the top body of your car will be exposed to the elements as well.
Fortunately, you can protect against such damage with the use of rustproofing or undercoating. The following is a breakdown of each method for protecting your car:

  • Rustproofing – Rustproofing is a method that most car manufacturers use during the manufacturing process of their vehicles. It involves the factory application of a rubberized coating to the underside of the car. While this should help protect against rust and corrosion, it most likely won’t hold up for more than five years or so. This is because the rubberized coating is likely going to be compromised over time as a result of damage caused by stones kicking up and chipping the coating.
  • Undercoating – Undercoating is a method in which the car is lifted up and the underbody is cleaned. Once it’s clean, a special solution will be sprayed onto the underbody. While the spray won’t remove rust, it will prevent rust from forming. It’s easy to apply but should be applied on a yearly basis. An undercoating that’s properly applied will help to protect against water, salt, and grime commonly found on roads. It will also resist abrasions.

It’s worth noting that rustproofing doesn’t occur to every vehicle on the assembly line. When buying a new car, rustproofing will often be an add-on that you will have to pay for. However, even then, you should consider adding an undercoating.
Even once a car has gone through the rustproofing process, it will be subjected to all kinds of potential wear and tear during production (such as spot welds and bends), which can damage the pre-coated material, exposing the car to corrosion. As a result, adding an undercoating on a yearly basis no matter how new the car is a good idea.

Our Rust Protection Services

Here at Z-One, we provide extensive rust protection services and products, including a New Vehicle Rust Protection package that includes both an under body sealant and upper body sealant and a Used Vehicle Rust Protection package.
When it comes to maintaining your car, make sure that you protect it against rust and corrosion with rustproofing and by adding an undercoating. For information about our rust protection services, contact us at Z-One in Toledo today.