It may seem like over-kill but before I cover, I spray everything with a light coat of Pam and wipe it down. Like Turk, the rust is on the firebox and it is minimal. After wiping down, I'll hit those spots with extra Pam and it seems to do the trick ~ haven't needed rust remover.
Super fast Purple Thermapen
Custom Reverse Flow 55 Gallon Drum Offset
Weber SS Performer date code EE
Weber 18 and 22.5 OTS Kettle w/Marty's handles
Smokey Joe Silver w/wooden handle a.k.a. Mini Me
Weber Smokey Joe Platinum date code ER
Sipsey: Secret's in the sauce.