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Hi guys,
I bet this has been asked way to many times, but this is my first car and any input I can get is highly appreciated. For some obnoxious reason rust started to developed on the rear driver's side right above the wheel, where the panel and the bumper meet. I noticed it since paint started bubbling up, and after taking it to the dealership, it seems it is not cover under warranty, so now I have to find a way to fix it.

I will be taking it around to get some quotes from different body shops, but is there anything that I should be doing/looking for? I keep on reading that rust never goes away, so I want to make sure I take the right steps to attack the problem and prevent it from happening again.
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it will happen again no matter what. You can sand it down to metal, if there is metal left and it's not just crumbled rust. Then prime and repaint. If it's too bad the rust will need to be cut out and new sheet metal welded in.

Rust sucks and there really isn't anything you can do about it other then move, keep the car in a humidity controlled garage and never drive it, or wash and dry it completely after every time you drive it.


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Oh man, so is there any point in even trying to repair? I have only had my V for 2 1/2 years, wax it every 2 to 3 months and try to wash it at least once a week or every 2 weeks. It caught me by surprise since I have friends that barely do anything to their cars, yet they show no signs of rust whatsoever.
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You are doing everything right it seems. Some cars either due to paint, metal or design just seem to rust quickly. Seems odd that your car is so new and your getting that rust. I have washed my car once in almost 5 years. It's never seen wax and while I have some rust on some chips it's not bubbling anywhere else.


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There is probably a rubber or plastic liner where the bumper cover and body meet is probably the cause of it. It is the cause of the classic Honda rust on the wheel wells because it traps in moisutre.

Washing and waxing is good for a vehicle assuming it is done properly. Keeps it clean, helps water bead off, and helps block UV rays.
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There is probably a rubber or plastic liner where the bumper cover and body meet is probably the cause of it. It is the cause of the classic Honda rust on the wheel wells because it traps in moisutre.

Washing and waxing is good for a vehicle assuming it is done properly. Keeps it clean, helps water bead off, and helps block UV rays.
I'll see if I can spot something like that. I'll take it to the body shop and see how much they quote, though they were straight and told me right away that they can do their best, but can't warranty it from coming back. I've seen there are products out there that are supposed to prevent rust from coming back like POR 15 so I wonder if they are going to use stuff like that. Such a shitty situation
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I'll see if I can spot something like that. I'll take it to the body shop and see how much they quote, though they were straight and told me right away that they can do their best, but can't warranty it from coming back. I've seen there are products out there that are supposed to prevent rust from coming back like POR 15 so I wonder if they are going to use stuff like that. Such a shitty situation
Yeah any rust is hard to prevent from coming back. I have a few spots I am fighting on my Honda at the moment. I basically use rust dissolver gel, high zinc primer, and then a rust encapsulator like Eastwood or POR 15.

If you live in a winter climate like myself it is very important to get the salt off of the vehicle as quickly as possible. Before this coming winter (my 2nd with the Versa) I will be giving the entire underbody and wheel wells multiple thick layers of clear coat to heal protect against rust.
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Fish Oil. Amazing product to keep rust at it's minimum

Before the rust takes a nibble that is
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Yeah any rust is hard to prevent from coming back. I have a few spots I am fighting on my Honda at the moment. I basically use rust dissolver gel, high zinc primer, and then a rust encapsulator like Eastwood or POR 15.

If you live in a winter climate like myself it is very important to get the salt off of the vehicle as quickly as possible. Before this coming winter (my 2nd with the Versa) I will be giving the entire underbody and wheel wells multiple thick layers of clear coat to heal protect against rust.
Yeah I live in a winter climate state, and this past winter we had pounds of salt on the roads. Sounds like rust proofing the car might be a good investment after solving this
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If you can sand it, and its not visible just sand the surface rust of until you hit clean metal, then use epoxy. If its not visible then there's no reason for primer, and paint.

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