why does the paint fades or start peeling on all 1984 f/150/ trucks ,two tone

Asked by Jun 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM about the 1984 Ford F-150 XL Extended Cab LB

Question type: General

paint comeing off.............fadeing....................peeling

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Lack of proper care is the big reason, I had an 84 F250 truck that I used Blue Coral wax on at least 3 times a year and the paint looked just as good on the hood and roof panels as it did down the sides, it was a brown and cream two tone paint job. I sold the truck in 96 and the paint still looked good no peeling.


How about 30 years of sunshine? Gimmeabreak!


I forgot about my 1954 Nash it was repainted in 1970 with omicron paint, even though it is garaged during the winter, I drive it daily in the summer so it is not garaged then, I just keep it waxed and haven't had any paint problems all these years.


The horrible paint problems of the 1980s occurred with the change to base color/clear top coat which Ford undertook to match the high gloss finishes of European cars. The color coat was not designed to be weather resistant, and the clearcoat contained little or no ultraviolet inhibitor. UV rays from the sun penetrated right thru the clearcoat, the underlying color was degraded by the UV, broke down, and the clear literally peeled right off, sometimes in tiny flakes, sometimes in full sheets. My brother bought a metallic brown '85 Ford Aerostar van when they first came out and by 1990 the paint job was peeling off in large sheets right down to the bare metal that was surface rusting overnight. The problem was worse on dark colors which absorb more UV rays and worse on cars which spent most of time in the sun like his did.. He had to junk the van by 1995 with only 80K miles on it because the body rotted away because the paint was peeling off in sheets and leaving bare metal exposed. The answer was UV inhibitors (think sunscreen) in the clear, but those materials are VERY expensive, so car companies took some time to get inhibitor levels high enough. Ford, GM and Chrysler all went through the problem. Ford solved the problem first, in the late 1980s, GM and Chrysler a few years later. My 25 year old '89 Crown Vic daily driver has factory clearcoat peeling problems on the trunk and roof. The sides are near perfect. I'm repainting the roof and trunk next month. Kenny/MrBlueOval.

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