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Paint problem. 2008 Aspen Cool Vanilla exterior color. 2 months after purchsing, noticed rust spots all over Aspen. Took to dealership and was told it was rail dust. They gave it an acid bath and it was gone. Worked out of town for a year and noticed the rust again when i returned. Wife uses vehicle but is stay at home mom. The vehicle sits in driveway. Dealer told me it is environmental problem. How is this possible when it sits in the driveway?

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  • darmstron689 Jul 21, 2009

    I am living in Calgary, Alberta where the past winter there was tons of snow. The city also used a ton of salt for the streets and most peoples lawns are still dead in spots, 3 months after the snow.

  • darmstron689 Jul 21, 2009

    Thanks-just needed confirmation from 2 pros.

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Unfortunately there isn't anything you can do when you put a car in those conditions. I would consider giving it a wash as often as possible up there during the salt times. Don't know how possible that is up there but there really isnt too many options. You can pay for expensive teflon coating but that still won't hold up to that much salt.
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Rail dust is an old term stemming from cars being shipped via rail in open cars. When the rail car wheels pass over the rails the resulting filings that come from the wear and tear being magnetic would swirl up in the wind and adhere to the cars. The result after a period of time was little orange rust specks in the cars paint. Now days the specs are mostly caused by the filings from snow plow blades in snow country and by brake filings etc on the roads. The best way to remove them is using a clay bar. The bar will pull them from the paint. If left too long there is acid washes that will remove them like your dealer did but that's a last resort. ( unless your a low end detailer and don't want to spend the time at the expense of the paint. ) On darker cars these specs are hard to see but if you don't think you have something like this take a baggie or Saran wrap and put it over your fingers and run your hand over the lower parts of your car especially behind the wheels and at the back bumper area. The roughness your feeling is contamination stuck to the paint.

It may not all be rusted filings but there will be some and its important you deal with them.
The bad thing is once, they are there, they are going to continue to come back since they rust out under the paint which is why you still see them even though it sits in the driveway most of the year. So I would take it back to the dealer and demand that something is done. (I personally would argue for a new vehicle without this problem since this is an on going problem, but seeing as you had this car for over a year, that may be futile since you waited so long.) So then I would have the dealer do what he can to get rid of the spots, maybe go to a detail shop, and then get a good car wax to help prevent it from rusting as fast. I'm sorry that you have this problem, hopefully the dealer will help you out with it.


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