So I got this SWEET truck last fall - put on some 285/70/17s and it's been treating me great. Next plans is a level with Bilstein's - and obviously I'll be itching for bigger rubber
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Anyways, I was washing it last night, and noticed the paint had flaked off on the front edge of the bed on the drivers side:
I don't recall anything hitting it while driving, and it's kind of out of the way for that I think? Maybe a mall parking lot job? Anyways, here's a close up of my issue - IT'S RUSTY
I am so rattled right now. How can an 8 month old truck - heck it was only built in July 2011 - be rusting? Would some soccer mom opening her door into it or a rock chip be able to cause this so soon?
Or - is there some sort of reason this could be bad under the paint? I had the rust proofing done when purchased. I plan on taking it to the dealer tomorrow to see what they say, both in terms of causes and solutions, but for some unknown reason I'm not holding my breath.
I have already looked up all kinds of DIY fixes, but given the rust - and my lack of skillz - I want to be sure to get it done right and proper the first time especially since it's a nearly new truck. If the dealer claims rock chip = no help what are my options? Body shop for a fix? This is a little more than touch up paint and forget it I think.
I'm not looking to have a brand new truck if it's on me (my "fault") heck I don't even care that it looks good I just want the rust gone and painted.
I'd love to hear what the masses think - or even just some vibes - I am so choked I can't believe it!