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What should you do for rust prevention in Southern Ontario

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What should you do for rust prevention in Southern Ontario

Southern ontario. the land of slushy salty ice.
It's insane how much salt is used here.

If one buys a new car (or used) how does one protect their car from rusting away? Do the krown or oil spraying things really work? If so do you have to do them every single year or lose all benefit? Does washing really help if it's just going to get covered in salt slush as you drive home anyway?
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I have always used Krown with good results. It makes a mess for a few days but is a good product. With my new cars, i do it each of the first two years and then every other year. Not concerned about keeping the krown warranty as the product works well so I have never had to think about repairing rust issues.

As for winter washing, try to do that once in a while in the winter when the temps get above zero. Worth it in my opinion.
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Corrosion free has been proven to be the best rust prevention fluid. That being said, I think the most important time to get a vehicle rust proofed is new, the second most important time is now.
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Lease and return every 2-3yrs.
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1. Park inside if possible. (A lot of people are putting useless junks in their garage and park their car outside to absorb heat in summer and cover by snow in winter)
2, Wash it regularly. (at least 1 or 2 washes in winter)
3. Rust proof
4. If any spot got chipped, fix it asap. Metal exposed get rusted out very quickly.
Kevinck wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 10:59 am
Does washing really help if it's just going to get covered in salt slush as you drive home anyway?
Check weather forecast, if it gonna snow or rain the next day. Don't go. If you know it gonna be dry or sunny for another 2 or 3 days. Get it washed.
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MP3_SKY wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 4:40 pm
1. Park inside if possible. (A lot of people are putting useless junks in their garage and park their car outside to absorb heat in summer and cover by snow in winter)
2, Wash it regularly. (at least 1 or 2 washes in winter)
3. Rust proof
4. If any spot got chipped, fix it asap. Metal exposed get rusted out very quickly.



Check weather forecast, if it gonna snow or rain the next day. Don't go. If you know it gonna be dry or sunny for another 2 or 3 days. Get it washed.
Actually, parking cars inside increases the rate of rust formation. The constant freezing and thawing cycles contribute to rust, since rust formation, like all chemical reactions, is greatly inhibited at low temperatures.
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When you wash your car, make sure you wash inner area thats just above your wheel (not sure how to really describe this). Alot of salt and dirt will sit within the grooves there. That's where you see alot of older cars rusting.
My car is 10 yrs old, 150k km, still no rust.
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Aug 11th, 2017 4:55 pm
When you wash your car, make sure you wash inner area thats just above your wheel (not sure how to really describe this). Alot of salt and dirt will sit within the grooves there. That's where you see alot of older cars rusting.
My car is 10 yrs old, 150k km, still no rust.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 4:51 pm
Actually, parking cars inside increases the rate of rust formation. The constant freezing and thawing cycles contribute to rust, since rust formation, like all chemical reactions, is greatly inhibited at low temperatures.
If the car is cover by snow overnight and park outdoor whenever it is during the day. I don't think it's better.

By parking it inside, at least the car it won't get covered by snow or ice for minimum 10 hours per day when you are home and sleeping....

I park my old 2007 Mazda parked in Condo's underground, and at work I have indoor garage and it was in top shape still.
My wife's 2005 Acura used to and still park at home's indoor garage every night, the car still have no rust on it.
Cars get wet whenever you drive out in winter, you can't avoid it unless you store it for the winter. By keeping it indoor, I believe it really helps.
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Hijacking thread, what's a good place to get corrosion free done in Markham/Scarborough/Richmond Hill? Looking to get some rust proofing done in the fall before winter, didn't do it when the car was new but figured it's probably better than not getting it at all.

Is EE Auto any good in Markham?
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Generally Snow/ice wont cause rust as its just water. Unless its submerged in water or something. Its the Salt and other chemicals they spray on the roads that cause the rust. Also rust only starts forming/reacting at 0c and above (if I'm not mistaken) So by parking the cars outdoor it does not make it any better if anything it could be worse if the garage is warmer.

Rust proofing like you do is what is probably saving your cars from rust not by parking it in a garage.
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Aug 11th, 2017 5:02 pm
If the car is cover by snow overnight and park outdoor whenever it is during the day. I don't think it's better.

By parking it inside, at least the car it won't get covered by snow or ice for minimum 10 hours per day when you are home and sleeping....

I park my old 2007 Mazda parked in Condo's underground, and at work I have indoor garage and it was in top shape still.
My wife's 2005 Acura used to and still park at home's indoor garage every night, the car still have no rust on it.
Cars get wet whenever you drive out in winter, you can't avoid it unless you store it for the winter. By keeping it indoor, I believe it really helps.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 4:51 pm
Actually, parking cars inside increases the rate of rust formation. The constant freezing and thawing cycles contribute to rust, since rust formation, like all chemical reactions, is greatly inhibited at low temperatures.
This. If you are a condo dweller, that warm underground parking is a rust factory. Your car will be dripping salt-water every night in the Winter.

Rust forms at a negligible rate outdoors in sub-zero temperatures.
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jw513 wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 4:55 pm
When you wash your car, make sure you wash inner area thats just above your wheel (not sure how to really describe this). Alot of salt and dirt will sit within the grooves there. That's where you see alot of older cars rusting.
My car is 10 yrs old, 150k km, still no rust.
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Aug 11th, 2017 4:58 pm
Wheel well lining.
+1 The reason why I use those coin operated wash bays.

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Only recently where I got my toys rust proof. I never had any issues and question I I even bothered.
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