My Nissan 210 has been sitting in my garage for a while now. Though I'm no longer using it often, I still intend to keep it in years to come since it's been very important to me. Last night, I discovered some paint chips on the door's outside panel. Any ideas on how I can properly fix them?
Paint chips can be fixed in different ways, depending on how big and how deep the chip is. It's easy to solve small paint chips; you can simply touch them up with a repair pen that matches the color of your car paint. In case the chips are larger than a pencil eraser but are still smaller than a dime and they're on non-metallic paint, it would be better if you'll use a touch-up paint brush. If the chips are on metallic paint and they are larger than a dime, there's no better solution to that than to use an automotive spray paint. Utilizing either a touch-up pen or brush on chips that are larger than a dime can result in uneven and unsightly paint job.
Though I have an indoor garage, storing my Nissan 210 has been a constant struggle for me because rodents always find their way into my car, eating up hoses and some of the plastic components in it. Can you share some tricks on how to keep them at bay?
It always pays to give your car and your garage a thorough cleanup. Get rid of all the food and other stuff that can attract rats and mice. Make sure to check and vacuum every nook and cranny of your interior to suck up food crumbs. You can also put some deterrents such as cedar wood or peppermint oil inside the cabin. Of course, you can always set up traps either inside the vehicles or around it to catch those rodents before they cause harm in your ride. You can also try to put up an aluminum perimeter around the base of your ride. Alternatively, you can consider getting a bubble car storage solution, which doesn't usually come cheap.
Besides rust-proofing my Nisan 210 using commercial products, can you suggest some ways on how I can guard my old Nissan against corrosion?
If you are still driving your 210 until now, it's important to be mindful of the spots where you usually park it. Parking on grass, snow, puddle, or poorly drained pavement is pretty much like inviting rust to develop in your vehicle's underside. Even if you're just keeping it in your garage for display, make sure that your parking spot is clean and free of anything that can promote rust formation. Of course, you also have to make sure that your ride is clean at all times. Even the underside should also be cleaned and inspected every now and then. It is also important to keep your gas tank full even if you are planning to store the vehicle for a couple of months. Besides damaging the fuel pump, an empty gas tank is prone to rusting due to internal condensation and external elements.