Does the underside of your vehicle or your heavy equipment look like it's seen better days? If so, you might be looking to remove some of that rust or corrosion and restore your undercarriage parts to a better condition. But you should know that this could be a labor-intensive task and you'll have to do some prep work before you begin. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you want to restore or remove rust and corrosion from the undercarriage of your vehicle or equipment.
Get the Right Tools Including the Right Safety Gear
Scraping away rust could be dangerous, especially if you are under your vehicle or equipment and staring up at it as it falls off. You'll want to invest in goggles at the least if not a mask or shield that will protect your entire face. Long sleeves and gloves are also a good idea. When it comes to tools, you will want a bucket with soapy water and might want to break out the vinegar and even the baking soda from the pantry. As far as actual hand tools, look into a wire brush or wire wheel and ask at your local home improvement store for tools that are specifically designed for scraping away rust.
Wash First and Include a Little Vinegar, Baking Soda, or Other Corrosion Killers If Needed
One problem with removing rust or corrosion from an undercarriage is that this area of the vehicle or equipment can also be coated in dirt, grease, or grime which might be obscuring some of the rust or making it impossible to actually get through to the substance that you want to remove. Wash the entire area and then use heat to dry if possible. Basic soap is fine, but sometimes a vinegar and water mix could go a long way towards also removing some of the corrosion along with the dirt and grime and give you a head start on the restoration.
Be Patient With Your Wire-Based Tools or Scrapers
Whether you are using a wire wheel, brush, or a scraper designed specifically for this kind of task, it's important to be patient. Rust often does not remove easily and you will have to make multiple passes over the area. You want to be firm but also don't want to go crazy as you might scratch or more badly damage the metal part.
Contact Professional Help If You Don't Want to Be Down There Forever
It's possible to remove rust and corrosion with the right tools but it takes a lot of brushing or scraping and you might be on your back staring up at the undercarriage for hours. For best results at getting your undercarriage restored, constant a professional. The right professional will not just remove the rust but will also add a sealant or protective coat to ensure the rust does not return.
For more information on undercarriage parts, contact a company near you.