My daughter has a 2001 Ford Escape. The small panel insert around the door handle has the vinyl/leather coming off. How do I remove this without taking the whole door panel, the large one covering the window, off?? Any help would be appreciated. I do know what I have to do to reattach this fabric, just cant seem to get teh small panel to come off. Thanks
I pulled the whole door pannel on my Gfriend's 2001 and the covered pannel does not detach form the back. She has the same problem with the leather/ vinyl comming loose. I am just going to try to glue it back on by pulling the entire door panel and working on the insert in place. I would like to find that the insert will pop out, but I have no evidence of that at this point.
I had the same thing on my passenger door. Dadbrough is right, it's all one panel. I used some spray adhesive (masked of the rest of the door) to re attach the vinyl. Probably didn't last 2 weeks before it was loose again. The problem is in the layer of thin foam that gives up. There's no gluing foam to foam so I'll most likely have to find some replacement vinyl or fabric (custom!) to solve it for good.
I corrected this today on my 2000 F-150. Did not remove door panel as the posts that I had referenced here indicated that removal would not have helped.
My vinyl "untuck" was isolated to the top edge of the passenger side door.
You will need an ALL PLASTIC PUTTY KNIFE. The one I used had a 3-4" blade, but again the blade and handle are all one piece - molded (moderately flexible) plastic. To be safe, I sanded down the outside corners of the blade, just enough to knock off the point.
Working from the center of the area that needs retucking, align the blade on top of the untucked vinyl, wedging along the edges of the two panels.
Slowly & firmly press the blade down, reseating the vinyl between the two panels.
Working from that spot, work to the left, repeating the process ... and to the right. You can continue process until all of the vinyl is retucked.
The tool left no marring or cuts. I would guess if you needed to work a tighter radius, you may want to use a smaller blade - maybe 1".
I used putty knife to loosen trim fabric, I then cleaned up both halves(door and trim). I used contact cement on both halves, let them sit till slightly tacky, and then applied trim back to door panel. Did all this with panel on car, and it still looks good three years later.
All who has or has had this problem needs to call Ford. If Ford gets a lot calls about this they just might do something about it. 800-392-3673
Very doubtful they will do anything for a bunch of vehicles that are 6-10 years old when it comes to a 'small' problem like vinyl coming off the door panel.
Mine has started doing this on the passenger's door (2004 with 220k miles). I haven't taken it off yet but on other vehicles that I have done interior on it is about a $5 job to fix. You just have to tkae your time and use good glue.
AJ 7885 mentioned using contact cement..... Any particular brand? Does anyone have any other suggestions on a particular brand/product of glue to use? My 2003 Escape (leather interior) front passenger door has this issue. I had to tear the whole piece off and trash it. Where can I find a reasonably priced replacement piece (other than Ford dealer or website). What is the professional part name for this piece of trim (for ordering purposes)? Thanks for any and all help on this subject!!!
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