Rust Repair & Prevention
Aside from our Beer & Cheese Vermont is known for our long snowy winters, and for us driving enthusiasts that means one thing - rust. Generally speaking your local Body Shop is the best place take care of most rust repairs but, when it comes to getting under the vehicle, that is where many shops draw the line. This is where the Rust Repair Experts at The 4x4 Center excel. Here are some of the big questions we get regularly to give you an idea of the type of work we do, and how we do it.
How can I protect my vehicle from rust with all the salt on these roads?
The 4x4 Center offers a "Fluid Film" process where we undercoat your vehicle. Fluid Film is created using a very intricate heating and blending process that combines wool wax with selective polar agents and rust inhibitors. This creates a very unique lanolin-based formula that slows existing rust on contact. As the film penetrates existing rust it creates a fluid, self-healing, barrier that stays active and does not chip or crack, protecting your undercoating and exposed metals for an extended period of time. Safe for use on all metals, it doesn't hurt your paint or plastics and provided additional lubrication for all your vehicles moving parts. Fluid Film is best applied in the fall before winter arrives and our rates start at $150 for small cars and go up to $200+ for large and extra large vehicles. For $150/year, you can't beat this kind of protection.
My frame has a rust hole in it and it can't pass inspection, what should I do?
We are going to evaluate both the hole and your entire frame because there are really two ways to address the issue. A) Do you just need the vehicle for another year? or B) Do you want this to last a lot longer? At the end of the day, 2 or 3 rusted frame repairs could add up to be the entire cost of an entire rusted frame replacement. We'll help you decide which is best for you, and your vehicle, by giving you the facts. Vermont frame repair isn't one of those things that every shop will do because it requires extra time and often customized fabricated parts - things we do every day for our customers. So if you have a rotten frame, give us a call and let's take a look at it.
My bumper fell off, what can I do? The Truck is still good!
It happens! The fabricators at The 4x4 Center are capable of building the custom bumper you've always wanted.
My Rocker Pannel / Fender has a hole and it is uninspectable, what should I do?
This is a great project for your local body shop. While we would love to fix everything, this kind of body work is not our specialty.
Do you have other questions about the rust on your vehicle? Give the 4x4 restoration experts a call and we'll set a time to take a look at it with you. See our Restoration Projects for some of our heavy lifting repairs.