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Laguna Niguel, CA

#61 Mar 13, 2011
I had my panels painted but the painter did a terrible job. Now it looks worse than ever. Ford should have taken care of this problem. I think it may be cheaper now for me to replace the panels but I don't want to go through the dealer. Replacement costs are around 500.00 and installation of course would be more. Ideas?
Dona Raines

Mound, MN

#62 Mar 19, 2011
NPOLCE wrote:
Same problem on mine. Looks like a sunrise pattern on the molding. Called Ford argued with dealership. I tried something unconventional. I have been playing with this problem for about a year. I noticed that the film on the surface of the molding could be scratched off with my fingernail, I had the film analyzed,(I am an engineer) it is just wax formed on the surface probably due to running the truck through the Auto Car wash, however for some reason the wax sticks to the molding and dries a grey color and gets worse as the sun hits it. I decided to heat the surface up and try to melt the film. It worked great. Looks brand new.
How did you heat it up? Hair dryer? lol. I'm willing to try anything on my 2003 expedition.

Las Vegas, NV

#63 Apr 26, 2011
Was wondering what did you heat it with?

San Diego, CA

#64 Jun 10, 2011
Jerry in VA wrote:
The grey fading you are experiencing on the black and grey trim is called oxidation. Just like any other part of the vehicle, you must take care of it on a regular basis. My 2000 Exp has had this issue from day 90 and is to be expected.
There are a number of products on the market that will return these plastic and rubber trim pieces, mirror covers and bumper covers to their original color. I personally use Vinylex which is made by Lexol and available at your local Advance Auto Parts. It works very well (although it does make running boards a little slippery) and I use it every time I wash my beast. This particular product has a UV blocker in it which makes it last a little longer than the other products I've tried - two months at best. Again, just like any other part of the vehicle, you must take care of it on a regular basis.
For those who have painted trim that are experiencing the tiger striping, you must consider that the paint has been applied to a rubber or plastic surface, not metal. That piece is then glued to the side of the vehicle. It is not meant to last a lifetime and is more likely to fail within 3-4 years. The items are not defective, they have lasted their expected and designed service life; this is called job security.
So how come my front and rear bumpers don't have "oxidation" They are plastic as well.

Eau Claire, WI

#65 Jun 10, 2011
I have come to the conclusion that this will not go away. Rubbed out whatever the stripes are for hours and it looked great. No less than 2 weeks later the striping was back. The worst thing is that ford doesn't have a response.

Etobicoke, Canada

#66 Jun 15, 2011
I used a scrub pad and a lot of elbow grease to scrub the film off...it took me long to do the small front piece, I still have to do the rest, I think I will try melting it like someone suggested.

Woodbury, TN

#67 Jul 18, 2011
my wife painted ours (her vehicle),lol, about 3 months ago with arts and crafts paint, still looks great.

Toronto, Canada

#68 Jul 28, 2011
i have the same problem, but find rubbing motor oil in to it helps, and lasts longer then armour all!! Hope this helps!!!

West Babylon, NY

#69 Aug 15, 2011
I tried a heat gun and it worked great on my blach trim.

Alexandria, VA

#70 Oct 7, 2011
Chase wrote:
Hey Fellow Ford owners! Try this, go to your local Auto parts place (Petboys,etc) and buy a product called "BACK 2 BLACK". you might wanna clay bar whole car first, then wash; but before you wax, apply "BACK 2 BLACK on all areas that need to be restored, then wax whole Truck, SUV,Car using Turtle Wax's ICE. This should work; worked for me and I own a 2004 Ford Expedition.
I use the Mothers back 2 black and it works REALLY WELL. You can get it at Walmart for $4.59 or at Pep Boys for $7.99. I get mine at Yes.... Walmart.

Houston, TX

#71 Oct 7, 2011
mke wrote:
i have a 98 ford expedtion and i was wondering if i can replace the chrome strip on the bottom of the doors cause its messed up any suggestions please?
I am new to this page, and i have the same question as you, I cannot find where anyone has replied.. I was wondering if they have somehow and I missed it... please let me know..

Houston, TX

#72 Oct 7, 2011
oops sorry found

United States

#73 Jan 20, 2012
Use SEM brand spray paint. Dark gray or graphite. It is a plastic spray paint and works great...

Eau Claire, WI

#74 Jan 20, 2012
Lelly wrote:
Use SEM brand spray paint. Dark gray or graphite. It is a plastic spray paint and works great...
I'll give it a try. Did you just tape up the vehicle and spray or remove the panels?

San Antonio, TX

#75 Jun 7, 2012
Ken wrote:
I replaced mine myself I think I paid like 100 dollars for the whole kit.
Hello Ken, where did you purchase the whole kit from. I went to the dealership and they wanted $119.34 for the left door moulding. Can you provide me the location or email address.
Thank you,
RD Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

#76 Mar 6, 2013
I tried the "as seen on tv" renewer ...doesn't work. Just leaves a greasy, oily, coat of substance. I e-mailed the local Ford dealer to see if I can get them replaced...no reply.

Nashville, TN

#77 May 28, 2013
My ford exployer panels have also faded. I contacted ford thinking for sure they would RECALL and replace these panels. Ford told me they didnt have enought people to complain about THE FADED PANELS AND THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO TO FIX MY EXPLOYER. FORD SHOULD BE ASHAME AND EMBARRASSED for not replace these panels. Everyone needs to contact Ford headquarter not the dealerships.

Los Angeles, CA

#80 Nov 9, 2013
With those crummy sides panels on the expedition it's not about what you put ON to restore them, it's about what you take OFF. That grayish white silvery film is on top of the Titanium Grey original color. Getting them back to original is easy. Go to Home Depot (or equivalent) and buy a bottle of TSP substitute. It's a bluish liquid found in the paint department. Get yourself a typical dish scour pad too. If its on there really thick, you're gonna want to use one of the more abrasive scrub pads to remove the main film first then go back over the trim again with a 400 or finer grit wet sand paper (also dipped in solution) to finish off the details.

All you're doing is dipping the scrub pad into the TSP solution that you pour into the bottom of a small bucket.

Then rinse, rinse, rinse repeatedly. As you scrub the layers off, wipe off drips and excess. The TSP stuff leaves a spotty white trace if it's not wiped and rinsed off.

Fayetteville, NC

#82 Feb 11, 2014
does anyone know if 2007 and up body panels fit on the 2003

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