Auto Body Rust Repair And Removal

One of the biggest factors that might determine whether to fix a damaged panel or replace it, is rust.  Corrosion or body rot occurs on your car when oxygen, water, and corrosive chemicals combine with steel, rust is formed.

The Rust Repair and Removal Process

Rust Damage Assessment

First, we determine the best fix to the damaged area of your car, we assess the extent of the corrosion damage.  There are two basic types of body rot damage commonly encountered on a car’s body: outside surface corrision and inside rust-out.

Outside Surface Rust

Outside surface corrosion begins from the outside of a panel.  It usually starts in areas where paint is chipped and scratched or where moldings and accessories are attached.  Surface rot is more easily detected and repaired than corrision that begins on the inside of a panel.

Inside Rust-Out

Rust-out occurs when corrosion is allowed to eat through a metal panel.  Rust-out starts from the inside of a panel and goes undetected until it penetrates the outside surface.  This damage is more costly to repair.  We recommend to remove panels or doors with inside rust-out.

Rust Removal and Repair Methods

Finally, once we determine the type of corrision, we are able to apply the fix.  There are several methods used to remove surface corrosion. The repair technique used depends on the extent of the rot damage.

  • Chemical rust removers
  • Metal conditioners
  • Sanding
  • Media blasting
  • Acid dipping
  • Sandblasting
  • Panel replacement
  • Cutting and patching
  • Fiber-glass fillers
  • Fiberglass mats or foam fillers
  • Patch panels

Where can you find a corrosion repair and removal body shop?

At West Coast Body and Paint!  We have plenty of experience repairing and removing old body rot in a variety of classic cars as well as muscle cars.  Come to our shop for a free corrosion repair and removal estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639 or email us at  We are located in Van Nuys, and we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.