Rust is a word no Japanese car enthusiast likes to hear. A genuine concern with any Japanese import which, left unchecked, can easily land you with an expensive repair bill or far worse. But why is it such an issue, particularly with Japanese cars?
Here in the UK, we use a mixture of salt and grit on our roads during the cold winter months. This mixture keeps ice at bay and provides much needed traction, keeping the roads open and ensuring everyone can go about their business. Unlike the UK, the Japanese don’t salt their roads because for the most part, the climate is far warmer and it simply isn’t necessary. Because of this, car’s produced for the Japanese market leave the factory with virtually no underbody protection at all.
Whilst fresh water will naturally cause rust, the salty mixture that ends up covering our roads during the winter accelerates the process dramatically, meaning a Japanese car (or any car for that matter) that hasn’t been properly protected will suffer horrendously. Left to it’s own devices, rust will eventually spread and eats it’s way through the car, compromising it structurally.
Any importer worth their salt will ensure your car is protected using some form of rust proofing or under-seal before it hit’s the UK roads, but this is by no means a permanent solution. Over time, and depending on the product that’s been used, re-application will likely be necessary. Nowhere is this more important than on some of the seriously appreciating models.
We’ve seen an increasing trend for people purchasing cars like R32 and R34 GTR Skyline’s and various other iconic cars as assets that can not only be enjoyed, but will ultimately either hold their value or even return a profit when the time comes to sell. One sure fire way to seriously damage the re-sale value of these investments is with poorly maintained under-body protection. The slightest doubt that a car is rust free will guarantee potential buyers walk away.
Over the years, we’ve tried a number of different products and have found Dinitrol to be superior in almost every way to the competition. It’s simple to apply, sets firm once cured (some products set tacky) and ensures long term protection for the underside of the vehicle. What’s more, it can be used to coat hard to reach cavity’s that are known to suffer from rot. Such is our confidence in Dinitrol, that we’re now a recognised Treatment Centre for the Southwest and can offer our extensive experience in applying Dinitrol and protecting the chassis of your pride and joy.
Treatment first involves thorough deep cleaning of the underside to remove any dirt and debris, followed by removing bumpers, wheels, exhaust and side skirts where possible. Once the painted bodywork is covered with a protective sheet and masked off, the product is then sprayed across the underside. Particular attention is paid to any cavity’s that are known problem areas, where moisture and dirt can be trapped and rust can slowly develop.
Once applied, Dinitrol usually takes up to 24 hours to properly cure. As soon as it’s fully set, the car can be driven away and the chassis is protected.
Regardless of make or model, whether you’ve recently purchased an import that hasn’t been properly protected, or if you just want to ensure your car is prepared for the winter months, we can help.
Contact us directly and we can arrange a no obligation inspection and quotation to protect your car.