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Rust Spots on the Trunk

I was wondering if anyone is having similar issues and what I should do about it. I'm hoping for some simple steps/tips to fix the rust and stop it from spreading. I tried fixing some rock chips by cleaning up the rust (clr) and a paint pen but it looks like it's coming through. The attached picture is what I inherited from the previous owner and two more are showing up from this winter.

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What year is yours? I have a bit of rust on the back door and around the rear fender. seems to be the most common spots from my observations. Winter and salt is hard on our cars. if you want to fix it yourself you have to get all of the rust off down to bare metal then prime and paint. A spot fix usually doesnt look great because it wont blend. A body shop would fix it and repaint the whole door. In my experience anyway it spreads like cancer and getting it professionally done is the longer term fix.

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I have some on my lift gate as well, a few spots near the window. I thought I read somewhere that there was a paint defect with certain models on the tailgate.
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Its a 2015 p4x. I've gone to the dealer and I get the canned response. Rock chips aren't covered, blah blah. The spots are small and I'm most concerned about the cancer taking over. I'm half inclined to touch it with a Dremel and use a paint pen. It won't look great, but if it's not too noticable and it'll work I'm all for it.

What is the general consensus on paint pens? Do they work to stop rust (after cleaning the rust) or do I still need primer, then a paint pen?
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I had those issues when I first purchased my 2005 X in Rochester, NY. After driving it out on the roads for two years during the winters in harsh conditions plus the salt.. it did not respond well and was eating up my truck after I moved to the South East. I had rust forming on the rear hatch and inside the door jambs that it was unbelievable. I just decided to call it quits and traded it in for a newer X at the time that has never been up north. If I ever had to travel up north to NY or Canada again during the winter time.. I will not bring my X for sure. I rather rent a car and call it a day.

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