Laser Rust Removal for Cars

When environmental elements — such as rain or snow — mix with metal car parts, oxidation may occur. If those car parts contain iron, the end result is typically rust. Not only can corrosion damage your products, but it can degrade the efficiency of your processes. That means more downtime and slower operations. This is especially the case with car manufacturing. Laser cleaning removes rust and prepares your products for pre-welding and bonding.

HOW LASER CLEANING WORKS

Laser cleaning — also known as laser ablation — uses thousands of focused laser light pulses per second to remove contaminants from products like military vehicles, aircraft, and car manufacturing parts. Unlike other alternatives of cleaning and welding prep, laser ablation doesn’t damage the substrate. You’ll receive a precision cleaning without requiring additional cleanup or producing added waste. While laser solutions aren’t efficient for large surface areas, they work efficiently on smaller, targeted areas — often cleaning 15 times faster than media blasting options like sandblasting.

Laser cleaning isn’t only ideal for removing contaminants like grease and rust. It’s also ideal for:

  • Bonding preparation
  • Coating removal
  • Injection mold treatment
  • Post-weld treatment
  • Tire mold cleaning
  • Weld preparation

LASER RUST REMOVAL FOR CAR MANUFACTURING PARTS

Laser cleaning is an ideal solution for removing oxides such as rust and other contaminants from metal products. While it’s a safer and more environmentally-friendly option for contaminant removal, bonding, and pre-welding prep, laser cleaning isn’t the most effective solution for everything. But, in terms of car manufacturing, laser ablation works best for:

  • Gear welding
  • Structural frame bonding
  • Electronic control unit bonding
  • Door frames welding
  • Electric vehicle fuel-cell conductivity

COMMON RUST REMOVAL QUESTIONS

DOES LASER CLEANING REMOVE RUST PERMANENTLY?


Just as rust can develop on your metal products over time, so can it happen again. While laser cleaning doesn’t permanently remove rust, it does eliminate the risk of degrading your applications. That means that with proper maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your product and decrease downtime and inefficiencies.

CAN LASERS CLEAN PIPES/TUBES?


Laser cleaning solutions work best for areas that you can see with the naked eyes. Because the inside of pipes and tubes are more difficult to see, laser cleaning doesn’t work as effectively for these scenarios. While we have some unique solutions allowing a few inside diameters to be cleaned, long lengths of pipe/tubes are not something that works well for our equipment — due to the many technical and equipment restrictions in the process.

CAN LASER CLEANING BE USED FOR CAR RESTORATION?


While laser ablation is the ideal solution for car manufacturing, it’s not as efficient for car restoration. Car restoration typically includes large surface areas and intricate hard-to-see areas that laser cleaning isn’t suited for. Better alternatives for car restoration include sandblasting and dry ice blasting.

WHICH SOLUTION IS BEST FOR REMOVING RUST FROM MY CAR?


Laser cleaning works best on smaller targeted areas. This can include removing rust from door frames and prepping it for bonding or preparing the structural framing. However, if you’re looking to do car restoration or clean rust from larger surface areas, then options like sandblasting or dry ice blasting will be better.

CAN I ATTACH THE LASER SOLUTION TO A ROBOT?


All of our laser solutions can be automated by robots. This option is a key part of our custom build process. If you think you may want this option with your solution, talk to our sales team when discussing the features of your custom build. And, connect us with your provider so that we may guarantee the fitting.