Keep Your Car Prepared

Remove Rust And Prime And Repaint Your Car's Body

If your car is your prized possession and is showing signs of wear and tear due to small rust spots on its body, learn how to repair them with the following steps. After removing damaged areas, new primer and paint can be added to transform your vehicle to its original condition.


  • industrial strength detergent
  • sponge
  • water hose
  • bucket
  • tarps
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper (coarse and fine grit)
  • tack cloth
  • painter's tape
  • spray primer for exteriors
  • spray paint for exteriors 

Wash The Vehicle And Remove The Damaged Areas

Add a small amount of industrial strength detergent to a bucket of warm water and stir it. Wipe off the damaged areas on the car's body with a sponge that has been dipped into the cleaning solution. Move the sponge back and forth while pressing down on it firmly. Rinse off the vehicle's body with a water hose that is adjusted to a strong water pressure setting. 

Remove The Rust

Attach a piece of coarse sandpaper to a hand sander. Press down firmly on the sander as you move it back and forth over the rusted spots. After the rust has stopped flaking off of the car's body, attach a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to the hand sander and lightly move it over the same area. After all of the rust has been eliminated, wipe a tack cloth over the sanded parts of the car to remove debris on the surface.

Add Primer And Paint

Lay a tarp on the ground to collect primer and paint as you are repairing the car's body. Place strips of painter's tape over metal trim or other parts of the car that you do not want exposed to the primer. Stand back a couple feet from the car as you spray an even coat of primer over the areas that previously were rusted. Wait a couple hours for the primer to dry. The drying time depends upon the temperature and humidity levels outside.

Apply spray paint that is designed for exteriors on the primed sections in the same manner. Wait a couple hours for it dry. Peel off the painter's tape by grasping the end of the tape and carefully pulling it away from the car's body. Your car will look as it did before the damage occurred. Use gentle cleaning materials when removing dirt and debris from the body in the future so that the body of your vehicle does not suffer from damage again.

If you need help, contact companies like Select Collision Centers Inc.