Owning a classic car can be a very rewarding experience. The envious looks of others as you take to the roads on warm summers days is almost a joy to behold. Owners of classic cars will certainly concur that there is something very special about being a member of this exclusive club.
Unfortunately, all too quickly the summer sun fades and is replaced by cooler weather patterns. It is at this point that the experienced classic car owner will often start to think about storing their vehicle, before the real nasty weather sets in.
Here are some suggestions that should enable you to avoid some of the winter storage issues that can hamper classic cars.
Classic car enthusiasts recognize that the single largest issue that can affect their vehicle is that of corrosion. Sadly, many owners will only associate potential issues with what they can see on their vehicles exterior. They will be looking out for scratches or stone chips without delving very much further.
Whilst it is true that the above areas should always be deal with, much of the corrosion issues that happen with classic cars occurring from the inside out. Rust can manifest when a combination of air, water and steel are present; a mixture that is inevitable when storing a vehicle. The rust or corrosion happens when air and water start to break down the composition of the steel. It is important to understand that when referring to water, the moisture in the air is a sufficient accelerator for this process.
Hard to Reach Areas
The answer here is to instigate an element of rust proofing. Put simply this requires a layer of either a wax or petroleum based coating to be applied to the inside panels of your vehicle. Certain areas will be harder to reach than others. It may be necessary to access these areas through either existing or specifically drilled holes. Additionally the same coating is then applied to the exterior surface areas.
Mud is one of the major causes of rust; especially when it clings to the inaccessible areas underneath the car. The reality here is that mud is super effective at retaining moisture, allowing this moisture to go on and wreak havoc with your pride and joy.
Help Rust to Form
An effective rust treatment program should be considered. It is essential to remove all grime, dirt and mud from the car; only then can it be properly inspected for signs of corrosion. Failing in this vital area will only serve to help rust to form. Something that will become all too obvious when you start using your car after the cold weather period has passed.
Coating stone chips or other damaged areas with a rust inhibitor is great way to start your rust prevention strategy. After this these areas can be touched in with the desired exterior paint color. To help avoid unsightly repairs it is best tackle this in a slow fashion, allowing several layers to dry will produce better results than trying to do it in one fail swoop.