Black plastic trim restore

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by Robert Smith, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Robert Smith

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    My Expedition has nearly every option offered by Ford that year except a block heater and remote start. It’s a nice vehicle and I would like to keep it that way. That bumper pad looks like hell. Besides I’m retired and have nothing better to do right now. :)
     
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    I gave up on my bumper pad. The Turtle Wax stuff made it too slippery. I use the Turtle Wax stuff on the other black plastic stuff my rig has (mirror caps, cowl, roof rack ends, etc).

    I was actually considering getting a new bumper pad, but that's pretty far down the priority list at the moment.

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    Is this product perfect....NO!, but it works on trim and tires, and at $14/gallon (5 gallon jug) it serves me well. An application lasts about 3 months, and takes about 2 pints. I'm crippled,
    so any application is a tedious, painful chore. Use a 6" brush ($2.91 eBay) and a large pail. and tires and trim will take about 10 minutes (takes me 20 minutes).

    http://www.detailingdirect.com/dressings/91069.htm

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    2004 bought new..... 17,900 miles now.
     
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    Best option might just be to replace it. OEM part number for the rear bumper pad is 7L1Z17B807A or FO1191118. 2003 to 2017 use the same part. You can find aftermarket starting at around $35 or genuine Motorcraft for just over $50.

    Rock Auto $35
    https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/ford,7L1Z17B807A,bumper+step+pad,737



    I'd replace it as option 1, option 2 is to repaint it, 3rd would be heat gun. Last resort for me would be the already mentioned temporary products.

    I don't have an EL, but have seen some, but not all, parts websites listing a slightly different part number for the EL along with a higher cost. I suppose there could be a difference, so proceed with caution.
     
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    Tire shine
     
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    I don’t think tire shine is going to work since I put the restorer on it already, but I’ll try. Same with paint. I have thought about replacing it but I can’t find any instructions on how to do it.

    Thanks for the link. :)
     
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    I’ve been several rounds on this issue and I’ve found this product to be the best. The prep is critical and the application a bit tedious but it outlasts everything else.
     
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    Thanks. When it fades again I’ll give it a try. I wanted to try the shoe polish trick so I went to my local store and they had some on “quick polish” with a foam applicator on clearance. When I got home I found out why. Most of the liquid had evaporated leaving a paste almost. However the paste worked great!! It took a couple of coats and I finished it off with the 303 protectant. For now it looks new. We’ll see what happens.
     
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    Hey Don. I forgot to mention, your Expedition looks great, like new!!
     

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