Years ago, a technician from my then classic association advised me to have my newly purchased, as a new-looking classic, tectylated. I then followed that advice and I never regretted it. So the idea was to do the same in my follow-up classic. I ended up at a company that gave my Volvo 240 a Dinitrol anti-rust treatment.
After a number of years I had a repeat service and recently, after fourteen years, I sold my loyal workhorse with the sheet metal in excellent condition. As a successor, I bought a perfect-looking Volvo 240. And I decided to immediately have that car given an anti-rust treatment. However, that was not easy to arrange. Environmental legislation, improved sheet metal and anti-rust warranty on almost all car brands have drastically reduced the number of tectylation companies. After many wanderings, I still found one that also proved to have a suitable lift bridge and the required craftsmanship.
Dinitrol anti-rust treatment
The Volvo appeared to be well maintained. Given the experiences with the preservation of the previous car, I decided to also give this car a thorough anti-rust treatment. Upon inquiry, it turns out that there are enough sheet metal workers who give the repaired spots an anti-rust treatment during repair work. But there are not many companies that can give a whole car a complete cleaning and a complete thorough treatment. Certainly not if you come with a car with thirty / forty years of road experience. I ended up at the Dinitrol Anti-Roest Center in Leeuwarden. The impressively professionally designed company building, the service and the craftsmanship impressed me so much that I do not want to withhold this address from other classic drivers.
Few specialists are more active
Mr. Gosliga explained to me that of the nearly 100 Dinitrol companies, only a few are still active. These have united in the past to achieve the degree of standardization and quality assurance previously used by the Dinitrol RML Companies. The anti-rust products used come from the originally Swedish / Swiss Dinol group, which is active in various fields of industrial anti-rust treatment.
In addition to the usual modern cars, the Leeuwarder company treats many expensive old-timers, vans, light buses, campers, passenger cars and 4WD cars. These are first thoroughly cleaned in a separate department and after drying and an extensive check on vulnerable or hard to reach points are subjected to an initial treatment. Of all brands and types, the details and points of attention are known so that no spot is left untreated.
Such a treatment plan includes, in addition to washing and drying, misting all cavities with ML and Dinitrol 1000. The bottom of the body and chassis are also treated with ML. Then the whole chassis is treated with an extra tough wear-resistant layer (Sealant). Then the car is degreased and where necessary waxed and polished.
Gosliga recommends making an appointment for a repeat inspection after 3 to 4 years, depending on the conditions of use and storage. After 2 to 3 years you can have the car checked free of charge, with the exception that no cleaning costs are payable, except for any cleaning.
For new cars but certainly also for classics, the amount invested for the preservation of the precious possession is only a fraction of the purchase price. I paid just under a thousand euros for the treatment of my Volvo. For each classic car, this will depend, among other things, on the size, design and any additional cleaning costs for older coatings and or a lot of rust damage.
My personal experience is that, despite the better quality of the sheet metal in the youngest classics nowadays, it is certainly worthwhile to have your precious carriage pampered by those men in Leeuwarden. You can find them at Schenkenschans 2 8912 AL in Leeuwarden. Tel 058-2130850. firstname.lastname@example.org www.gosliga.com
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