Hi, all. I'm new here. I got an Akorn Jr for a great deal, and am having trouble. While putting it together I noticed the damage seen in the picture. I sent a warranty claim to Char-Griller, but was denied because they said I did not get the Kooker from an authorized dealer. The place I got it from only had one, and the deal was good enough that I won't/can't return it. The Kooker was completely brand new in box and has had no other owners. I'm mostly looking for thoughts on how to proceed. Should I try and find something to paint over this spot? Just start cooking on it and let it cure? There is no external damage to speak of, only on the inner part. Thanks in advance!