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Old 05-01-2012, 11:43 PM
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Hey everyone!

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 . Here's a shot for now:



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!
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:17 AM
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Don't be choked, bare steel corrodes quickly. There may have been a contaminant in the paint or prep but it's more likely a rock chip. That is not an expensive repair though. Take it to a body shop and see what they say. You can repair that at home but if you have no experience... and you're picky... you might be best off leaving it to a pro.
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agree, up north rust happens pretty quickly. i would let the pros handle it.
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Thanks guys - there's a spot near my office I can drop in to for an estimate.
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Hey everyone!

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 . Here's a shot for now:



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!
What I have done in the past is the following.

If it is a curved surface and I can get a small rat tail file to scrape away all the rust I do that and cover it with touch up paint. I have never had the rust come back after doing this. If this is a big no-no, I am sure someone else will fill me in.

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What I have done in the past is the following.

If it is a curved surface and I can get a small rat tail file to scrape away all the rust I do that and cover it with touch up paint. I have never had the rust come back after doing this. If this is a big no-no, I am sure someone else will fill me in.

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The body shop might elect to do just that; a quick prep (file and sandpaper), touch-up paint and then blend. They might use a dab of etch and primer. Easy job... probably under their minimum charge.
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