Vynil where door handle is, on driver side door panel fell off. Brought it to an interior car repair shop, and to Ford. Both said they can not replace it with vynil or re-tack it back in place(Ford told me they send these repairs to same shop I visited..hmm). They said they have to put fabric on because you will never get vynil back on due to the foam that was underneath at one point. It will become bumpy looking. I find this excuse weak. Is it really that difficult to clean up the dried foam, and re-tack it back in place? Thank you for your time with my question!
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2005 Ford Escape
Question: Inside driver side door panel vinyl fell off where door handle is
Answer #1hemicuda April 20, 2009, 10:44Master
I see door panel trim available at http://www.parts.com/ put in your year, make and model and click on front door then pick interior trim then pick door trim panel, I see three different colors available, but before you order call them and double check that you are ordering the right panel.
ReplyVisitor, May 15, 2011, 01:13
Stop promoting your site. Especially since they don't have crap!
Answer #2Brakedrum September 05, 2009, 16:06Rookie
I have re-applied this panel on my daughters Escape at least three times with various spray adhesives. Looks great for a few days and than falls off. I guess the experts are right and other than buying an entire door panel from someone, I don't have the solution...yet.
Answer #3Visitor, March 02, 2010, 16:03
mine came off about a year ago...i have tried numerous adhesives, but nothing has worked AT ALL! it is so annoying and makes my car look crappy...
Answer #4Visitor, April 19, 2010, 23:19
I used rubber cement made by 3m that is used to adhere rubber deicing boots on airplanes. Bought it from a hardware store, it is yellow.
Replytata0383, September 09, 2012, 12:31Rookie
Is the rubber cement still holding after 2 years?
Answer #5Visitor, May 29, 2010, 12:54
You will need to remove ALL of the yellowy foam dust (cover eyes if windy), Remove door panel and apply a sealer like clear enamel or the like, when dry place the vinyl in place and mark the top and bottom center of both areas with a small piece of tape, apply a good 3M (77...or the like) adhesive spray on both foam core and the vinyl, reapply from Top center to the lower center and work left and right...smack it a few times like a new born baby to wake up the adhesive bond and put the door back together... :) All Good !!! unless its fabric trim... if so... decide on replacing it with a matching color piece of vinyl instead.
ReplyVisitor, August 06, 2010, 07:16
Do you apply the sealer to the foam, the vinyl or what?
ReplyVisitor, August 12, 2011, 18:01
Thanks for the tips. I live in Texas and drive a black 2002 Escape. Due to the tremendous heat wave we are having, the vinyl skins on both of the front driver & passenger side doors just gave out at the same time and are hanging down. They are holding on by just the door latch.
Today I bought a can of 3M adhesive spray (Hi-Strength 90) from Lowes for $13.97. I'm going to try this fix. But first I will follow your advice and make sure I clean off the yellow foam residue and then seal the panel before I spray with glue. I will post a follow-up to let everyone know what happens. [DB]
Visitor, December 24, 2010, 09:59
I Have a 2006 Ford Escape, With the same problem. If I ever catch the guy working the drivers side door panel assembly line I'm gonna kick him in the nuts.
ReplyVisitor, July 22, 2011, 11:51
When you find him, give him two kicks from me. All four of my panels have just come off. So much for buying American. I am so disgusted with Ford. I'm done.
ReplyVisitor, July 29, 2011, 10:29
Yep, give him a couple of kicks for me, too. I thought it was because I have an '03 and because it suffers through the Texas heat every year, but it looks like a lot of people have this problem. I love this vehicle otherwise, but now it's looking pretty trashy without the vinyl on both front panels.
ReplyVisitor, August 04, 2011, 18:09
I have a 2006 Ford Escape. My husband blamed it on the Florida heat. I will never buy American again.
Replyjmberve, December 30, 2011, 16:03Rookie
It's not just a southern heat thing I live at the North end of Kansas and it is falling off all four of my doors on my 2003 ford escape. I hoping they didn't have the same cheap mindsets when putting the engine together as they did with the interior. This has never happened to any other car I owned. Cheap bastards.
ReplyGlenn in Dallas, May 04, 2012, 07:47Rookie
We have a 2006 Ford Escape and the drivers side padded panel where the door handle is came loose from the top seam first then a few weeks later the passenger side came loose. Ford has got to know about this problem, it seems to happen to often. We took it to Grand Prairie Ford here in Dallas and was told it would cost 4,000.00 to replace. Hell the damn car ain't worth that much. Has anyone figured out a good way to fix this crap? Can that little padded panel be removed from the door panel? I find it strange that it would cost 4,000.00 dollars to fix it when you can find door panels on the internet from 49.00 to 150.00 for the entire panel.
Answer #7Curtropolis October 27, 2012, 07:40Rookie
I am very unhappy with this situation, I'm a REALTOR and you can imagine how embarrassing it is to have your clients in the car and the door panels are falling off. After reading everyone's trial-and-errors on various web sites I realize I'm not the only one-too many-Ford should help us out on this. I think I will just go to Home Depot or Lowes and get some gray paint that will cover the foam doors and see how that works.
Replypatzaloca2, November 14, 2012, 09:26Rookie
It's very embarassing indeed, I am embarassed to open my door, and the fabric is a mess, glued various times at no avail, it's a Ford problem for sure, and when I tried to pull the vinyl to fix it, there is not enough fabric, you pull one side and the other comes off, for the price we pay for our cars, they at least should have enough fabric or a better system to keep the panel looking great for ages...I took the car to Ford, and they sent me to a mechanic, because "they don't fix this..." hun?
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