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Old 05-06-2009, 08:29   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys new to this forum have ? my sisters 06 the vinyl fell out around the door hand the dealer wanted to charge her $500 her boyfriend tried adhesive an still feel off heres a pic what else can be done to repair it thanks
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Old 05-08-2009, 15:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: door panel

What kind of adhesive was used?

Without purchasing a replacement you could superglue it together, however, this can lead to the surface being hard, and if it doesn't dry correctly, it can look 'lumpy'.

I've never really checked to see how the vinyl (suede in my case) is attached onto the door panel, but vinyl should hold adhesive better. You'd have to get LOTS of it, and when placing the vinyl back on top of the sponge, use a credit card or something similar to smooth it out as best as possible, then wipe off the access (masking tape will help cleanup!). Again, the downside is that this will leave the door panel rather hard.

If you can remove the sponge as well (read: it's not glued onto the door panel) you could look around for a replacement at a salvage yard. The downside is finding the right colour.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:16   #3 (permalink)
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I have this same issue on three out of the four door panels on my 2005 Ford Escape.

If more people contact Ford they may actually do something about the problem.
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Replacement panels are very expensive and Ford was not willing to address this issue, they acted as if I was the first one to contact them with this issue.
I glued one of mine but it does not look the same. I contacted someone who does car interior repairs and they suggested I replace the inserts with something other than vinyl; he said that even if you reglue the vinyl it would not stay in place.
There must have been a bad batch of glue when some door panels were produced. I have some other friends who have the same vehicles and have not reported this problem (yet!).
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Old 06-11-2009, 22:03   #4 (permalink)
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Wow. That looks nasty.....sorry.

Hard to tell from the pic. But if you can remove the panel and be able to stretch the vinyl back over the padding, I would use contact cement.....BUT, you'd have to test it on an inconspicous part of the padding to make sure the glue won't eat away at the material. The contact cement should stay pliable. Just make sure you line up the vinyl correctly the first time. There's no second chance with contact cement.
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