Did you know that vehicle corrosion costs Americans over $23 billion per year? It used to be that car rust was only a problem if you lived close to the coast where the sea salt in the air hastened the development of rust. Today, though, corrosion is also common in snowy areas of the country due to the heavy use of de-icing materials on roads.
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And road de-icers aren’t the only problem. Rust can also be caused by:
- Dust and dirt
- Acid rain
- Tree sap
- Bird excrement
Once rust gets started, it can spread fast. It begins by eating away at the paint job. Unchecked, the rust can bore through the body of the car. This exterior damage will compromise your car’s appearance, but if the rust makes it into the inner workings of your vehicle, you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands. Rust can affect the brakes and the fuel and electrical systems. You may not even realize that rust is hurting your car’s operating systems until your vehicle stops functioning properly and your repair bill is sky high.
So how do you protect your car? You can start by washing it once a week to remove debris that could compromise your car’s finish. You can also electroplate your car to form a shield of protection that will keep corrosion at bay.
With electroplating, an electrical current is used to catalyze a reaction that leaves a thin, protective metal coating on the surface of your car. Here are just a few advantages of metal plating:
- Imparts a brilliant shine to your car’s exterior.
- Protects your car from fast-spreading corrosion, resulting in lower maintenance costs and a longer life for your vehicle.
- Keeps rust from infiltrating the car’s operating systems.
- Metallizes plastic parts that are now commonly used for grills, bumpers, and wheel rims. Electroplating gives these parts a metallic shine and makes them stiffer and more durable.
Electroplating your automobile or gold plating car parts can pay for itself many times over by improving the appearance and longevity of your car.