Thanks, that helps a little - my washers did the same thing and now I have a bit of surface rust that spread to the little pieces that connect the dampers to the fenders. The pieces that attach to the under side of the hood have rusted too. They were originally painted black, but now they're all bubbly and flaking. I don't know if it's the quality or type of metal/paint that was used, but I'm not too happy about it. Mine definitely need a little tlc to fix the visual defects, but at least they still work great.