It doesn’t matter how many miles are on your vehicle when it comes to protecting it from rust. If you want to keep your vehicle around for longer, or just want to preserve its value, now is the time to act. Don’t wait for the damage to be done to realize you should have had your vehicle protected long ago. New or used, rust doesn’t discriminate. You could have a car with 200,000 miles on it or one with 200 miles on it, if there is still a chance to help protect your vehicle, get it protected!
We’ve seen 2020 model trucks with surface rust on the underbody and we’ve seen 2010 model trucks without a spec of rust on them. The difference being, the owner of the trucks without any rust on them had them treated by a local business. If you’ve noticed that your vehicle is starting to display signs of rust, it’s not too late. Scorpion Coating Plus offers a Rust Eliminator service in addition to our undercoating packages. For those of you who looooove the technical/science side of protection services, feast your eyes upon the glory we are about to unfurl. For those who could care less about the technical side of things, feel free to skip ahead.
What is Rust?
Rust is the result of a very simple chemical reaction. When the iron (Fe) found in the steel of your vehicle is introduced to the oxygen (O) flowing naturally through the air, or in water (H2O), we are left with rust (FE2O3). Where does Black Max fit into all of this, you may ask? Well, black max uses a reaction product, Zinc Phosphate ZH3 (PO4)2 that reacts with free iron forming a bond. Tannic acid is also used and reacts with the Iron Oxide (rust) rendering the oxide inert. Black Max not only converts the rust, but also pulls the moisture from the steel. Undercoating steel while there is still moisture on the steel can actually accelerate the rate in which iron oxide is produced. This is why it’s important to have a vehicle professionally treated for rust protection and undercoating services. (Check out our time-lapse of Black Max in action!)
(Before an undercoating treatment)
(After two coats of Black Max)
For undercoating purposes, if that cold-rolled steel looks more like cold Swiss cheese, it’s probably too far gone. The damage has already been done. If the underbody of your vehicle has surface rust on it, but the steel is not completely rotted through, our professionals can help preserve and protect that steel. If you allow that rust to continue, nature will do what it does best.
Protection with undercoating!
For rust protection purposes, if you have a hole in your door or side panel that was brought on from rust, or, the paint is starting to bubble, it’s already too late. Once the iron in the steel is oxidized, there is no getting that iron back. We can’t protect what isn’t there! This is again why it is so important to bring your vehicle to a professional. We have the tools to diagnose your vehicle and assess what can and can’t be done. A person cannot gauge the damage caused by rust found inside of a vehicle’s doors and side panels simply by looking from the outside. The only time you can see the damage from the outside is when it’s already too late!
To recap, it all depends on the extent of the damage of the rust on the underbody and around your vehicle. Sometimes, it can be hard to discern how much rust is too much rust. That’s why we always recommend at least calling or stopping in to your local Scorpion Coating Plus for an opinion. We’ll tell you exactly what we can and can’t do. It’s free to speak with a professional or get a quote and it might just help keep your vehicle looking good for a long time to come.