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Old 09-01-2010, 05:10 PM
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Default My center dash bezel is peeling

I just noticed this today, somebody else mentioned this problem a few months ago but I don't remember who it was. It feels like a very thin rubbery coating and it's starting to wear off just below my radio. Any ideas on how to stop or repair this?
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:27 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

Is it the bezel or the dash itself?
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:50 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

it's common for all rangers. best thing to do is strip it all off and paint.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:54 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

400 grit sand paper, and Krylon fusion gloss black... or color of your preference. 5 coats

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

Seems everyone has this problem

I have never had this happen to mine on either ranger.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:36 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

Mine is a little.....may be painted soon
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:37 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

I was a little surprised/irritated since my truck has such low mileage but then again it's probably more about age rather than miles and it's coming on 8 years old now. Does the Explorer/Mountaineer bezels have this problem as well?
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:41 PM
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The center black bezel that houses the 2 center dash vents and frames the radio and HVAC controls.
Like I said, 400 Grit sandpaper, 4-5 coats of krylon fusion paint
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:47 PM
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Like I said, 400 Grit sandpaper, 4-5 coats of krylon fusion paint
Yes do that!!
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:07 AM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

I think they ALL have this problem.

I've got a couple radio bezels from Rangers & Explorers for future mods & most of them have some form of peeling or some defect in the rubbery coating stuff.

A little trick I found for removing the rubbery stuff...
...after you remove the bezel from the truck, after you remove all the switches, vents, cig sockets & radio...

Brush on some brake fluid (brand shouldn't matter, I use the cheap stuff from Wal-Mart) and let it set a while in a pan to catch the run off.
Take a plastic scrubbie pad like you clean dishes with & rub the brake fluid in, roughing up the rubbery stuff in the process. Apply more brake fluid as needed, keep scrubbing, it will begin to "melt" and be easier to scrub off.

When all the rubbery gunk is gone, wash well with de-greaser, then with soap & water, let air dry.

Lightly wet sand down to 800 grit to remove any imperfections & to give the plastic a little "tooth" for the paint to adhere to. Wash with soap & water again, let air dry.

As mentioned before, shoot several light coats of your favorite color of Krylon Fusion paint. I used Black Satin, but it still looks glossy even after I sprayed on 4 coats of Krylon Satin Clear.

Here's what mine looks (before I installed my new head unit):
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:42 AM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

I just removed mine, gave it to my gf, and she did it by herself. She had no job, so she spent some quality time with it. No need to paint. It looks ok, tho.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:39 PM
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That's cheatin' right there ^ HA!
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:52 PM
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

does that bezel just pop off and on or is there something else holding it on?
I too have to repaint mine as the rubbery coating is coming off.

thanks for the paint tips
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Default Re: My center dash bezel is peeling

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does that bezel just pop off and on or is there something else holding it on?
I too have to repaint mine as the rubbery coating is coming off.

thanks for the paint tips
If u look from below it there is to bolts holding it on
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:40 PM
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thanks Demon
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