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Everything You Need to Know About Rustproofing Your Car

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, there's a lot more to consider than just regular washes and oil changes. Protecting your car from the elements and potential damage is crucial, and one way to do that is through rustproofing. 

In this blog, we'll cover the key aspects of rustproofing so you can understand what it is and how it can benefit your vehicle.

What is rustproofing?

Also known as rust prevention, rustproofing is the process of applying a protective coating to your vehicle's metal surfaces to prevent rust from forming. Rust is the result of the oxidation of iron and steel, and it can be accelerated by exposure to moisture, salt, and other environmental factors.

Rustproofing your car involves applying protective waxes or other coatings on areas of your car’s exterior—creating a barrier and inhibiting these elements from coming into contact with the metal.

There are several ways to rustproof your car, including electronic modules, tar-based sprays, drip oil sprays, and dripless (or drip-free) sprays. Our experts recommend a clear-coat, drip-free application because it hardens after being sprayed, creating a seal to keep out moisture.

What is the difference between rustproofing and undercoating?

Undercoating and rustproofing are often used interchangeably, but the truth is they are different forms of protection.

Rustproofing primarily involves applying a protective coating to the entire vehicle's exterior, including the body panels and chassis. It forms a barrier against moisture and other corrosive substances. This helps prevent rust on the visible surfaces of your car.

Undercoating, on the other hand, focuses on the undercarriage of your vehicle. It is designed to protect the frame, suspension components, and other undercarriage parts from rust and corrosion caused by road salt, water, and debris. Undercoating is especially important if you live in areas with harsh winters and where salt is frequently used on the roads.

Oftentimes, auto professionals will allow you to choose from just undercoating or comprehensive rustproofing—which includes the undercoating treatment as well as coverage for the rest of your car’s exterior.

How long does rustproofing last?

The longevity of rustproofing can vary depending on the product used, the application method, and environmental factors. In general, a professionally applied rustproofing treatment can last anywhere from one to several years. It's important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for reapplication to ensure continuous protection.

Regular inspections of your vehicle are also essential. If you notice any areas where the rustproofing has been compromised or damaged, it's important to have those areas touched up promptly to maintain the protective barrier.

Enjoy peace of mind with professional vehicle rustproofing in Lafayette, IN!

When should you rustproof your vehicle?

The best time to rustproof your car is when it's brand new. Applying rustproofing to a new vehicle provides the most effective protection because the metal is in pristine condition. However, it's never too late to start rustproofing. If your car is older and hasn't been rustproofed, doing it now can still help prevent further corrosion and extend the life of your vehicle.

Additionally, if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall, snow, or salted roads, rustproofing becomes even more critical. It's a proactive measure to protect your investment and ensure your car remains safe and reliable.

Is rustproofing your car worth it? 

Rustproofing your car is unquestionably worth the investment. It not only extends the lifespan of your vehicle but also preserves its resale value. This protective measure can save you from the hefty expenses associated with repairing rust damage. Moreover, the peace of mind that comes with knowing your car is shielded from the destructive effects of rust and corrosion is invaluable.

Whether you have a brand-new vehicle or an older one, rustproofing is a cost-effective means to safeguard your automotive investment, ensuring it remains in top condition for years to come. Don't wait until rust takes its toll; take the proactive step of rustproofing your car and enjoy the many benefits it offers.

Extend the lifespan of your vehicle & preserve its resale value!

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That's why, at Premier, you’ll get more than just exceptional service for your car.

You’ll drive away happy knowing you’re also valued and a huge part of supporting and celebrating others.

If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.


Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Full Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.


Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Surface Scratches

UV Protection


No-Bond Surface


Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.