Originally Posted by Exhausted
Touch wood I have been luky with the tailgate with no signs of rust.
If you or anyone else wants to check and protect the paint to stop it rusting its very easy.
Open the boot lid and locate the to domed nuts at either end and remove them.
Lever the chrome strip off of the boot lid. It is held on by 5-6 push clips as well as the two nuts at each end that you removed at the beginning
Once the strip is off you will notice a lot of dirt and grit on the paintwork. This dirt rubbing away the paint is where the rust comes from.
Clean up the dirt and look along the channel in the boot lid where the strip sits you might be able to see very small bubbles in the paint or even very small pin heads of rust starting to form if you do then its off to your main dealer to have them look at it and hopefully repair.
If your lucky not to have any rust you can run a strip of clear tape along the channel to protect the paintwork. If you have had rust repaired your bodyshop should add this. Im not sure why its not done at the factory.
When I pick up my new Antara next week it will be one of the first jobs I will do or I might be surprised to find the new Antaras already have tape behind the strip.
The picture below is the rust on my current Antara. I had my Antara for just over two years before the rust appeared.