I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘undercoating’ at least a couple of times, but probably not enough to really understand what it is or what are its benefits. To put it simply, undercoating is the process of rust-proofing and protecting a car from damaged caused by sand, gravel, road salts and grime, simultaneously reducing road noise. Although undercoating is generally recommended for everyone regardless of your environment, cars who do a lot of miles or regularly encounter dusty or snowy road conditions suffer the worst. That being said, there are three main types of undercoating, but because of reasons you’re about to learn, we’ve settled for the only tried and tested option that actually works: oil undercoating.
The cheapest and most inefficient form of undercoating is rubberized aerosol you can get from cans in just about any car store. Why is it inefficient? Well, for a couple of reasons, starting with how hard and brittle it is once it’s applied. When the film dries, the surface created is coarse and unnecessarily thick, which can lead to other problems if you’ve applied a ‘generous’ amount and laid out a heavy coat. Because of the rubberized undercoat’s inherent properties, the end product will look smooth and durable, but under the surface it’ll be anything but. Rubber-based solutions can’t fill out small gaps or completely seal off certain sections, thus allowing for air and moisture to seep deep beneath the coating. The end result is something which will not only be ineffective, but can actually make matters worse, since air and water promote rust spread at an alarmingly fast rate.
Wax undercoating is a relatively cheap option as well, but you have to keep in mind that it won’t last nearly as long as oil or rubber-based solutions. It will need to be stripped and reapplied at least once a year, usually more if you do a lot of driving. A wax-based undercoating is okay for basic protection since it never fully hardens and can reach into seams and cracks, but it’s not a long-term solution.
Finally, we get to oil-based (petroleum) rustproofing solutions, by far the most durable and reliable on the market. Since these types of undercoatings have a petroleum base, they’re amazing at repelling water, ice, and grime, and are much more deflective than the wax or rubber solutions we mentioned above. These types of undercoatings need to be applied by a professional since you can’t spray them out of a can like you would with the other two, but the tradeoff is a rock-solid undercoating which offers the best protection for your car currently available on the market.
This is where we come in, and solve the one issue with oil undercoatings: mobility. Instead of you coming to us to get your car sprayed with an undercoat, we’ll come to you and perform the service on the spot. It’s a win-win for both you and your car! Don’t let your car rust away in a few years’ time. Give us a call and let’s set up an appointment, we promise you won’t be disappointed. If you were looking for ‘the best undercoating near me’, you’ve just found us, and we’re more than happy to help.