Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, How Serious is Rust? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; I knew the '76 Fleetwood I just bought had a little bit of body rust when I bought it (it ...
Automobile(s): 1976 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance, 1993 Sedan deVille
Oak Ridge, TN
How Serious is Rust?
I knew the '76 Fleetwood I just bought had a little bit of body rust when I bought it (it had been keyed and the scratches are rusting and there's a little bubbling under the paint behind the back window). I've heard these cars do not have any sort of rust proofing. How long do I have to get this dealth with? I should be getting it repainted within the year, but if that's too long I need to know. If that is too long to wait, what could I do for the short term to at least stop it from spreading?
Rust is like cancer for your car imo. I would deal with it ASAP. I had to deal with it on my 1980 Pontiac and every year I would have to do areas, but I'm glad I kept rust away because it increases the resale value of your vehicle, etc. if it's rust free...
If you can't take care of it now then try to scratch most of it off (Bubbled paint included) and use a crayon on top of it. The crayon is wax so it will keep water out and at least slow it down. Plus it comes in an asortment of colors. Take care of it as soon as you can though.
If the scratch is that bad that it's rusting just put some touch up paint over it until you get it fixed properly. For that other spot if it doesn't look like it's getting any worse just leave it alone.
Try POR-15's products. They have an epoxy putty that dries as hard as steel, can be drilled, sanded, filed, and painted, and it will harder under water. Their paint products (as well as a few others) actually use moisture to cure and harden. POR-15 paint was designed actually to be applied on top of rusty metal, it prefers the rough surface.