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I have a very tiny crack in the paint of my car and it is starting to rust. What is the cheapest thing I can do to prevent it from spreading and rusting further?

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Debbie Lee, President at Professional Car Care Adia, you can take to your local dealership and they should be able to buff that area and clean up for you just keep your eye on it, or you can take to your local body shop and they can advise you what can be done. Many times cleaning the area and apply a small amount of touch up paint will stop the rust for some time Debbie Lee

Geralynn Kottschade, Vice President at Jerry's Body Shop Inc. Adia, Sometimes the cracks are larger then they appear. Step one would be to inspect the area and using your fingernail making sure there is no further flexing and flaking of the paint. If there is none I would brush touch the area using a touch up kit. If you have had paint work done many collision repairers will mix a touch up bottle for a minimal charge. Toyota dealerships will have touch up kits available or your local auto parts stores may have some colors on hand. Apply like you would finger nail polish you may need to apply more then one coat. Geralynn Kottschade

Jennifer  Justice- Haley, Body Shop Owner/Operator at Co-Owner of Elite Collision Service, Inc Clean and dry the area and apply clear nail polish as a cheap fix to the surface. You*ll still have to monitor the spot for the rust issue. Good Luck!

Wendy Engelberg, Director of Operations and Founder at Autovisuals Adia: Clean the rust out immediately with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. If it is really bad, then you can purchase a rust pen from a local automotive store. It is just a stiff, narrow brush that removes rust. Once you have removed the rust, then get paint on the area immediately. This is an easy fix, have fun!

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