How do you remove rust bubbles from your car?

I have an older car with a bunch of rust bubbles. I'm thinking about either selling it or trying to use it more, but I need to get the rust off of it first. How do I do that?

Fixing a car with rust damage can be a little time-consuming, but you can definitely do it at home. You’ll need a metal scraper, sandpaper, mineral spirits, and primer. Here’s how to remove rust bubbles:
  • Scrape off the paint over the rust bubbles using a metal scraper
  • Use sandpaper to smooth off the rust
  • Clear off any remaining dust
  • Wipe the area using a rag and mineral spirits and wait for it to dry
  • Apply a coat of self-etching primer and wait for it to dry
  • Add a coat of filler primer and wait for it to dry
  • Smooth the area again using sandpaper
  • Use mineral spirits to wipe the area again
  • Finish it off by touching up any damaged paint
When your car reaches a certain age, you’ll need to look into your car insurance policy so you don’t pay more in premiums than your car is worth. A great way to do this is by using the Jerry app. Jerry will collect quotes for you so you can compare prices and coverages for free.
Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 12, 2021

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