2004 ford expedition body plastic trim fading

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tom

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#1 Sep 15, 2006
my 2004 expedition body trim (gray) started to fade last year. it has now faded to an white ashy color.
the car is out of warrranty, can the trim be spray painted.
or, I have seen other expedition's with the same problem as mine. possible recall?
mike

San Diego, CA

#2 Oct 18, 2006
I have a 03 same problem went to them 2 months after warranty expired and they wont fix it. Now you know they have thousands in a warehouse somewhere, just send me the part and I will put it on myself, but they wont because of 2 months even though I have half the mileage of the warranty. I told them its been fading ever since I got it , not like a part that just broke, Im dissapointed that ford knows about a problem and wont fix even a simple one like trim parts.
Odel

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#3 Oct 23, 2006
My 98 Ford Expedition won't respond to the automatic key. I can't open the doors with the regular key, either. And guess where the hood release is? On the inside of the vehicle! Yesterday, the battery light on the dash went on - thought I could take it in to get it serviced today... When I called local dealership, they were no help- just told me when I get the door open and the vehicle started I could bring it in for a diagnosic! Any body had this happen? Any solutions or suggestions?
J D W

Lindale, TX

#4 Dec 9, 2006
My 2004 is doing the same thing...is there any solution other than replacement? I also feel that Ford should do a recall.
tom wrote:
my 2004 expedition body trim (gray) started to fade last year. it has now faded to an white ashy color.
the car is out of warrranty, can the trim be spray painted.
or, I have seen other expedition's with the same problem as mine. possible recall?
J D W

Lindale, TX

#5 Dec 9, 2006
My 2004 Exp. having same problem...just out of warranty and they won't fix it! Pisses me off. Ford SUX!
D SMITH

United States

#6 Jan 13, 2007
MY 2004 EXPEDITION HAS FADED TO A WHITE COLOR .DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.. MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GO AFTER FORD.
D SMITH

United States

#7 Jan 13, 2007
I TRIED TO SAND MINE AND PAINT IT BUT WHEN YOU SAND THE PLASTIC IT CREATES HEAT AND WILL TEND TO BURN SPOTS .I REALLY DONT KNOW THE ANSWER BUT AM A LITTLE FRUSTRATED.
Brandon

Kaplan, LA

#8 Mar 1, 2007
tom wrote:
my 2004 expedition body trim (gray) started to fade last year. it has now faded to an white ashy color.
the car is out of warrranty, can the trim be spray painted.
or, I have seen other expedition's with the same problem as mine. possible recall?
you can paint the trim the have paint just for the plastic
Brandon

Kaplan, LA

#9 Mar 1, 2007
you can paint the trim they make paint for it
Edward

United States

#10 Mar 5, 2007
My 2003 trim paint has flaked off
Vince

Kissimmee, FL

#11 Mar 21, 2007
I painted mine
renee

Coppell, TX

#12 Apr 20, 2007
My car is out of warranty also. But after alot of phone calling, Ford replaced my trim for $100.
bill saylors

AOL

#13 Jul 29, 2007
Automotive International and GM engineers have determined , due to the internal release agents, a material that is used in molded TPO plastic, both grey and black, that it is not possible to " paint" the parts and produce a suitable finish. The continuing emitting of release agents will cause the paint to peel. GM reccomends Armor-Dillo TS1. TS1 is a long lasting wipe on product that will never peel, and will correct "streaking", and fade.
Ken

Gardena, CA

#14 Jul 29, 2007
I replaced mine myself I think I paid like 100 dollars for the whole kit.
Jack

South Hadley, MA

#15 Aug 10, 2007
tom wrote:
my 2004 expedition body trim (gray) started to fade last year. it has now faded to an white ashy color.
the car is out of warrranty, can the trim be spray painted.
or, I have seen other expedition's with the same problem as mine. possible recall?
I just had mine replaced by the dealer Ipurchased 2004 in april 2005 warrantry still in effect contact ford directly never know
Kyle

Smyrna, GA

#16 Aug 17, 2007
Ken wrote:
I replaced mine myself I think I paid like 100 dollars for the whole kit.
Ken,

Where did you get this kit?
Paul

Euless, TX

#17 Sep 9, 2007
D SMITH wrote:
I TRIED TO SAND MINE AND PAINT IT BUT WHEN YOU SAND THE PLASTIC IT CREATES HEAT AND WILL TEND TO BURN SPOTS .I REALLY DONT KNOW THE ANSWER BUT AM A LITTLE FRUSTRATED.
Clean them with warm soapy water.
Get cans of Plastic Prep which should be in the spray section with the trim paint, at Pep Boys and the like.
Seal with plastic prep, then use the trim paint, and it should last you a good 3-5 years before it would start to fade again.
Larry

Ocala, FL

#18 Sep 22, 2007
tom wrote:
my 2004 expedition body trim (gray) started to fade last year. it has now faded to an white ashy color.
the car is out of warrranty, can the trim be spray painted.
or, I have seen other expedition's with the same problem as mine. possible recall?
The same thing happened to mine. I spray it monthly with tire gloss spray. Just be careful to not let it drip on step as it will get slippery
bill saylors

AOL

#19 Oct 3, 2007
Use Armor-Dillo TS-1 to stop fade and zebra streaking on you Ford Expedition. GM testing results show than TS-1 when applied 2-3 times a year will permantly preventchalking/fade issues. TS-1 is user friendly. Simply wipe it on and wipe it dry. TS-1 restores the original color of TPO black/grey plastic to a dry like new condition. TS-1 no slip is safe to use on running boards.
www.armordillots1@aol.com
lisa

Castaic, CA

#20 Mar 10, 2008
Brandon wrote:
you can paint the trim they make paint for it
Brandon where do they sell it? Do i buy it at the ford dealership or a parts store. and do i get a gloss or mute gray color spray paint? thanks!

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