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There was a spot b/t the rear bumber and quarter panel that had some debris under the paint. Some sort of glue, grease, I don't know. It was visible from virtually any angle on the car.

Hence, I took a small knife and scraped off this excess stuff. In the process, because the stuff was painted over, there appears to be exposed metal.

I need your opinions...

If left alone, will this area about 1 inch long rust? Or, should I have the dealer put some touch-up paint on it? Keep in mind, the exposed part is on the very edge of the metal quarter panel, not visible unless looking very closely from the ground up.
 

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Have the dealer address it now

Why wait for a problem later.
Is a new car. That is what the warrenty is for.
 

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gupt, it is like the door jambs, fix it now or regret it later. It is new and the reason for it is there was debris under the paint. Hopefully you took a picture before you started your project, but if not most reputable dealers will try to help you out. A repaint of the area might cost you but their recon shop might do a nice job with touch-up paint as a good will gesture. I know I always seem to end up with a paint bubble when I use touch-up. That sounds like a good new topic too...How to properly use your touch-up paint!
 

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It's right along the rear quarter panel edge. Hence, you cannot even see it from anywhere but below. BUT, this is because I was able to scrape off the junk that was underneath. So, now that you cannot see the junk, it looks fine. Of course, I order to scrape off the stuff, some paint had to go as well. Hence, my prob. I don't really want them to paint the entire quarter, or even pull the bumper for that matter. I think an experienced body man could easily touch-up the area.

The problems begin when you start having them remove sections of the car and repainting stuff...
 

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If it is only an inch long and hidden under the vehicle I think I would still just slap some touch-up paint on there. (Since you are down to metal I would probably grab some primer first and then put your touch-up on.) If it isn't visible I don't think I would even worry about getting it done by the dealer. If it is going to be visible I would have them do the touch-up since they should do it at their recon shop on a regular basis.
 

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Fix it.

I would do something. Leaving it alone only opens up the door to early rust.

Maybe some Rustoleum primer and then Honda touch-up paint just to protect the metal. Maybe even get a few opinions from a dealer or two and a couple body shops. I would trust an independent body shop before a dealer any day.
 
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