Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
It's a cheap and effective way to rust-proof your car. It's been around for at least 30 years here in Canada to fight the effects of salt applied to roads in winter. It's not the same as the rubberized protection some dealerships offer to new car buyers, and it's not the Ziebart thing either. Many auto shops can get a licence to apply a special kind of oil (and no, not 10W30) to certain parts of the car that are prone to rusting. There's a chain of stores called Oil Guard (I think ... ? ) that focuses exclusively on oil-guarding cars. They take your car, drill small holes in the rocker panels, door frames, maybe the trunk area ... etc. and spray in a fine mist of oil to all metal parts. Costs about $100 per car. The idea, of course, is to protect the metal on your car from being exposed to water, sand and salt which causes rusting. As far as I know, there are 2 kinds of oil they can apply - a 'drip' formula, and a 'non-drip' formula. The non-drip kind (thick oil) is usually applied on newer vehicles, say 2 years old and younger, the other 'drip' kind (thin oil) is meant for cars 3 years old and older. The main difference between the 2 kinds of oil is their ability to 'creep' along small cracks and crevices in the car's structure. Older cars probably have more cracks and crevices in them so the drip oil is used to creep along slowly to get into all the cracks of the car. The problem with the drip oil is that it will totally screw up your driveway - or wherever you park your car at night - because, as the name implies, it drips! The dripping stops after about a month and leaves a nice rectangular box on your driveway outlining exactly where your car was parked! My neighbour did this to his car and he now has the rectangle on his driveway and probably wont easily come out.
I'm trying to figure out if there is any point in applying the oil to my car even though it's already fully rusted underneath and the damage is probably already done. The best thing to do would have been to apply a coat when the car was new and then maybe another coat 3-4 years later.
Last edited by jadabro; 03-16-2009 at 08:40 AM.