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Understanding rust

Understanding rust

Thursday, 29th November 2012

Rust is the chemical conversion of iron changing to iron oxide. This process requires oxygen and water, both of which are in abundance in most climates. Materials made from iron and steel can easily turn to iron oxide for a number of reasons. First,, Read more...

Reasons for rust

Reasons for rust

Friday, 30th November 2012

Road salt:It may reduce the risk of icy roads, but road salt has a corrosive action on steel because it absorbs moisture. Brittle underseal:If underseal has hardened, moisture can get trapped behind it, resulting in potential corrosion. Dried seam sealer , Read more...

Smith & Allan MTF 94 Gear Oil lauch:

Smith & Allan MTF 94 Gear Oil lauch:

Wednesday, 28th November 2012

MTF-94 gear oil is a special gearbox fluid developed for use in the Rover PG1 and PG2 gearboxes as fitted in the MGF, selected 1996 Rover 200/400 and 800, various Honda Vehicles and Landrover. This product meets with the requirments of rover MTF-94, Read more...

Classics at Hellingly

Classics at Hellingly

Tuesday, 4th December 2012

Hellingly Festival of Transport was a great success, despite the economic climate and equally-as-gloomy British climate. Dave Bone, commercial marshal for the show, reports: "This year saw the 37th annual event organised by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle, Read more...

Under the hammer

Under the hammer

Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Stroud Auction Rooms, Gloucestershire 12th - 13th September Our main interest in this two-day sale of transport and automotive items (including railwayana galore) was the George Reynolds collection. Besides being the founding father ot thr Britis, Read more...

Darlington rally driver Paul Swift collected the 2012 AS Performance North of England Tarmac Rally Championship trophy last night and is now planning to celebrate with the two forthcoming rallies to be held at Croft over the next few weeks.

Darlington rally driver Paul Swift collected the 2012 AS Performance North of England Tarmac Rally Championship trophy last night and is now planning to celebrate with the two forthcoming rallies to be held at Croft over the next few weeks.

Friday, 7th December 2012

The seven times British champion clinched the title following a superb top six placing in his Motoscope-supported 2.0 litre Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 on the Stobart Rail Pendragon Stages in September and added his name to the impressive list of former, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rustproofing

Preparation and inspection prior to rustproofing

Saturday, 8th December 2012

The preparation involved prior to applying rust prevention products is important. Remove as many panels as possible to access the areas of the car that need to be protected. If a wing can be unbolted to ensure its underside is cleaned and protected,, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 1/8: Old underseal

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 1/8: Old underseal

Monday, 10th December 2012

If old underseal has been applied before, it may have become brittle (it should be flexible), which results in water and dirt becoming trapped. Use a wallpaper scraper to remove the old underseal. This is time consuming, but essential. Wire brush , Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 2/8: Scrubbing

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 2/8: Scrubbing

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

Use a wire brush (by hand or attached to a drill or angle grinder) to remove as much flaky paint, dirt and rust as possible. Clean surfaces are essential for rust protection. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=2697, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 3/8: Road salt and dirt

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 3/8: Road salt and dirt

Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Winter road salt is a cars worst enemy and needs to be removed, along with road dirt that collects in wheelarches. Use a degreaser that breaks down grease and finish with panel wipe. Some rust specialists use a high-pressure washer. Water based degrea, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 4/8: Water traps

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 4/8: Water traps

Thursday, 13th December 2012

If water finds its way into a sill or similar box section, it needs to be removed. Drill holes to allow the water to escape and then use heat to thoroughly dry out the area. You have to make sure any drain holes are clear if water is likely to escape, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 5/8: Outer and inner

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 5/8: Outer and inner

Friday, 14th December 2012

Check all areas of a panel if possible. Don't just protect the exterior of a sill, but also make sure you can remove any moisture and dirt from inside it. Floors need to be inspected from both sides. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 6/8: Remove panels

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 6/8: Remove panels

Saturday, 15th December 2012

Spend time removing as many panels as possible to access all potential rot spots on a car. Remove inner wheelarch liners, sill covers and mudflaps to get to the heart of a car's metalwork. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 7/8: Blow or suck

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 7/8: Blow or suck

Monday, 17th December 2012

A vacuum cleaner is useful for sucking dirt out of sills, chassis legs or between floor panels. Similarly, if you have a compressor, use a blower to remove dirt that will prevent underseal and wax from sticking to surfaces. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 8/8: Repair the rot

Preparation and inspection prior to rust proofing continued. Step 8/8: Repair the rot

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

A rusty panel won't fix itself. If it has corroded to the point that holes have begun to appear, you need to replace it or cut out the rotton area and weld a repair panel into position. www.smithandallan.com, Read more...

Undersealing

Undersealing

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Underseal is an effective form of the external areas of a car that you rarely need to touch, such as the underside of the chassis and inside wheelarches. Its tar-like qualities means that it remains flexible for several years and provides protection, Read more...

Employee of the month

Employee of the month

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Chris Hardy age 33 was absolutely ecstatic when he picked up the coverted Employee of the month award for the 3rd consecutive month. Brimming with self confidence the plucky lad said "I'm delighted to receive the award, and I think I'm the first perso, Read more...

Undersealing Step 1/6:

Undersealing Step 1/6:

Thursday, 20th December 2012

Before applying underseal, make sure surfaces are protected. Wrap masking tape around brake lines. Protect paintwork with sheets of paper and tape. Underseal overspray gets everywhere, especially if you're outside and it's windy. http://www.smithand, Read more...

Undersealing Step 2/6:

Undersealing Step 2/6:

Friday, 21st December 2012

When spraying on underseal, adopt the same approach as painting. Apply a thin, even coat and leave to dry, then apply a second coat. Allow at least 24 hours for the underseal to fully dry. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1534, Read more...

Undersealing Step 3/6:

Undersealing Step 3/6:

Thursday, 27th December 2012

Underseal can be applyied to axel castings, subframes, sills, floors (underneath only), petrol tanks, wheelarches and other areas under a vehicle. Make sure any moving components (eg, steering linkage) don't get clogged up. http://www.smithandallan., Read more...

Undersealing Step 4/6:

Undersealing Step 4/6:

Friday, 28th December 2012

Panels can be removed, cleaned and undersealed on their underside or interiors to prevent further corrosion. Front wings are highly prone to corrosion, but can be quickly and easily unbolted and sprayed with underseal. http://www.smithandallan.com/p, Read more...

Undersealing Step 5/6:

Undersealing Step 5/6:

Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

Underseal cannot be used to prevent corrosion of an exhaust system. The heat from the exhaust bakes the underseal, causing it to become brittle and fall off. Underseal is flammable, so there is also the risk of fire, especially if it hasn't dried. http://ww, Read more...

Undersealing Step 6/6:

Undersealing Step 6/6:

Thursday, 3rd January 2013

If you find unwanted overspray on paintwork, brake lines or other components, it can be wiped off using a rag with a little white spirit. This can also help to remove dried-on overspray. Polish paintwork immediately after cleaning it. http://www.smi, Read more...

Waxing

Waxing

Friday, 4th January 2013

Just like underseal, wax is a popular rustproofing product that has been available for several decades. Many restoration specialists favour it for its ability to help keep the tinworm away - when we recently sliced open a 20-year-old tin of finnigan's, Read more...

Waxing Step 1/12:

Waxing Step 1/12:

Saturday, 5th January 2013

Look for access and drain holes along sills, crossmembers and between inner and outer panels. In some cases, it's best to remove panels, such as wheelarch liners and door cards. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=2685, Read more...

Waxing Step 2/12:

Waxing Step 2/12:

Monday, 7th January 2013

Wax in an aerosol can is quick to apply and less messy than other methods. The wax is thin, but is applied with sufficient pressure to be able to coat inside a sill, door or chassis leg. Shake the contents well before applying. http://www.smithandal, Read more...

Waxing Step 3/12:

Waxing Step 3/12:

Tuesday, 8th January 2013

Wax is best applied on a warm day, so if it's cold outside and you are applying it using air-fed equipment, a pump or brush, start by warming up the contents in a bucket of hot water. It also helps if you apply a little at a time. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1529 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Smith & Allan's paint gains traction in France

Smith & Allan's paint gains traction in France

Thursday, 22nd January 2015

This is a half size Little Sampson traction engine, meticulously built by one of our customers in France. Hand painted using Tekaloid 318 Coach Enamel. He is currently working on some more projects at the moment, and we will be posting more pictur, Read more...

Wise and Taylor edged out by Lancastrian duo in suitably wintry Jack Frost Stages held at Croft Circuit last weekend

Wise and Taylor edged out by Lancastrian duo in suitably wintry Jack Frost Stages held at Croft Circuit last weekend

Friday, 23rd January 2015

www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/motorsport/11739460.Wise and Taylor edged out by Lancastrian duo in suitably wintry Jack Frost Stages rally held at Croft Circuit last weekend/, Read more...

Double Podium For Swift On Rally Comeback

Double Podium For Swift On Rally Comeback

Wednesday, 9th September 2015

  Monday 7th September 2015  For immediate release Double Podium For Swift On Rally Comeback After an eight month absence from the sport, Darlington precision driver Paul Swift returned in fine style with a doub, Read more...

Class Win For Swift At Oulton Park

Class Win For Swift At Oulton Park

Tuesday, 10th November 2015

Darlington precision driver Paul Swift was back in action at the weekend whereby he had to overcome some minor technical problems as well as the adverse weather conditions to claim a class victory and fifth place overall on the Neil Howard Stages , Read more...

Waxing Step 4/12:

Waxing Step 4/12:

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

An old spray bottle can be used to apply wax, but the wax can quickly clog up the inside, so warm up the bottle and wax in a jug of hot water, spray for a minute or two, then warm up the wax again. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526 htt, Read more...

Waxing Step 5/12:

Waxing Step 5/12:

Thursday, 10th January 2013

Brushing wax into door bottoms and seams is an effective method of applying it and making sure an adequate coating is achieved. Once you've finished, wash the brush in warm soapy water. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Waxing Step 6/12:

Waxing Step 6/12:

Friday, 11th January 2013

Kits including Waxoyl's pump provide an effective method of injecting wax into sills and box sections. The pressure from the pump ensures wax is squirted inside concealled box sections. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1529 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Waxing Step 7/12:

Waxing Step 7/12:

Saturday, 12th January 2013

If you have air-fed equipment, wax can be applied under high pressure to ensure that it thoroughly coats the inside of chassis legs and similar areas you cannot see. Spray quipment that incorperates large nozzles is useful. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1529 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 htt, Read more...

Waxing Step 8/12:

Waxing Step 8/12:

Monday, 14th January 2013

A probe is good for dispersing wax when applying it with a pump or air-fed equipment. It's easy to make one using a piece of tube. Add several holes along the tube and a screw at the end. Insert the tube fully into a sill or chassis leg when using, Read more...

Waxing Step 9/12:

Waxing Step 9/12:

Tuesday, 15th January 2013

If there are no drain or access holes to an area where you want to spray wax, drill your own access holes and, after applying the wax, fit a plastic or rubber plug (available from rust proofing specialists). http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Special offer

Special offer

Tuesday, 15th January 2013

35% off 20L Shell Helix Racing 10w-60 Only 170 left in stock http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=2206 Use this discount code: HELIXRACING35, Read more...

Waxing Step 10/12:

Waxing Step 10/12:

Wednesday, 16th January 2013

Don't spray wax onto hot components or near them - wax is flammable and becomes runny if heated, say, by an exhaust. Some waxes are suitable for use on hot areas, but check first with the supplier or manufacturer. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Waxing Step 11/12:

Waxing Step 11/12:

Thursday, 17th January 2013

After applying wax, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Most wax is touch-dry after six hours (depending on the climate). Some waxes are best applied as several thin coats, leaving time for them to fully dry between coats. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Waxing Step 12/12:

Waxing Step 12/12:

Friday, 18th January 2013

Don't apply wax to an area that requires welding or grinding. Wax is flammable and will almost certainly catch fire. Only apply the wax after the welding has been completed and everything has been given a chance to cool down. http://www.smithandalla, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes

Typical rustproofing mistakes

Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

Rustproofing a car can be a disastrous exercise if you get it wrong. To avoid any problems we've outlined a number of the common issues that can arise during rustproofing, as well as the mishaps that can occur afterwards, ranging from wax leaking out, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes: 1/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes: 1/9

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Hot weather can warm up wax, resulting in it leaking out of the door and sill drain holes, so don't be alarmed if your car drips a brown/yellow liquid. Just remember that you will need to apply more wax when the weather isn't so hot. http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1527 http://www.smithandallan.com/prodpage.aspx?id=1526, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 2/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 2/9

Thursday, 24th January 2013

Most waxes can be washed off, so don't use them on exposed wheelarches or outer sills where road muck and rainwater will wash it off. Underseal or weatherproof wax is suitable in these areas. http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 3/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 3/9

Friday, 25th January 2013

Wax is flammable, so don't spray it into an area that needs welding or grinding as it could catch fire and be difficult to extinguish. Also, avoid spraying wax over hot components (eg, exhaust systems). http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 4/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 4/9

Monday, 28th January 2013

Wax is difficult to apply in a cold climate as it becomes hard and blocks spray equipment. Stand the wax container in a bucket or jugof hot water to warm it and keep warming it while you work. http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 5/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 5/9

Tuesday, 29th January 2013

If the inside of a sill isn't fully coated in wax, moisture will settle in any exposed areas, resulting in a greater concentration of corrosion. http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 6/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 6/9

Wednesday, 30th January 2013

Rustproofing can't fix a rotten panel. Wheelarches may look clean from the outside, but the inner section could be crumbling and need to be cut out. Wax and underseal can sometimes only slow down the corrosion process. http://www.smithandallan.com/h, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 7/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 7/9

Thursday, 31st January 2013

Rust can spread, so you need to remove or stop it, not simply rustproof over it. The moisture contained in the iron oxide can spread to clean metal and continue the oxidisation process, especially between different metals. http://www.smithandallan.c, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 8/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 8/9

Friday, 1st February 2013

Avoid blocking drain holes with wax or underseal. They are designed to allow water to drain through the chassis or body. Blocking them will result in a water-filled crossmember or sill, for example. http://www.smithandallan.com/hammerite.aspx, Read more...

Typical rustproofing mistakes 9/9

Typical rustproofing mistakes 9/9

Monday, 4th February 2013

Take your time when rustproofing. Preparation is key, so ensure the area you want to rustproof is clean and surrounding surfaces are protected. There's no point in simply slapping on some underseal to the underside of a rusty or dirty car. http://ww, Read more...

100% Positive Feedback

100% Positive Feedback

Wednesday, 13th March 2013

We're very proud to announce that our Ebay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/smith-and-allan-lubricants?_trksid=p2047675.l2568 has received over 42,000 positive feedback, and have been classed as a Top Rated Seller., Read more...

Best Result On Jim Clark Rally

Best Result On Jim Clark Rally

Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Best Result On Jim Clark Rally For Swift Darlington rally driver Paul Swift continued his great 2013 form into this weekend's Jim Clark National Rally whereby, despite some problems, he came away with a superb 12th place overall to record his best r, Read more...

Turnbull Trophy 2013

Turnbull Trophy 2013

Tuesday, 9th July 2013

Turnbull Trophy 2013   Once again, Tynemouth Motor Club set out 8 tests all about 10 miles long around the runways and perimeter roads of Albemarle Barracks to give 53 competitors a real testing rally.  And they managed to get some good, Read more...

Swift Wins 75th Anniversary BTRDA Rallycross Trophy

Swift Wins 75th Anniversary BTRDA Rallycross Trophy

Tuesday, 26th November 2013

PRESS AND MEDIA INFORMATION Sunday 24th November 2013For immediate release Swift Wins 75th Anniversary BTRDA Rallycross Trophy Darlington driver Paul Swift overcame not only the tricky conditions but also some of the best rallycross drivers in the , Read more...

North West Jinx Strikes Swift Again

North West Jinx Strikes Swift Again

Tuesday, 11th February 2014

Darlington rally driver Paul Swift saw his hopes dashed for a second successive year when mechanical failure saw him retire from this weekend's Legend Fires North West Stages Rally based in Blackpool. Along with Barnard Castle co-driver Giles Dykes,, Read more...