Peeling paint


Asked by Aug 05, 2017 at 05:06 AM about the 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2004 Grand Marquis is shedding paint.. every time I wash the car, paint lifts
off like a sunburn. It started small in some places but now its everywhere. Has
anyone had this problem ? My selling dealer said he never saw that before..yea
right !!

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My guess is this vehicle has been repainted sometime in it's life. Poor body preparation has led the paint to start coming off. Also this is a 13 year old vehicle, they don't stay looking new forever.


LOL.. You are way off base.. I purchase the cra new from L&B Lincoln/Mercury in Bayshore Long Island.. The service manager said the peeling paint was from painting the car after the primer cote had dried. He said that the factory was supposed to paint the car while the primer was wet to make the adhesion work..He also said that I was the only one complaining about it. I would like to hear from other owners 2003/2004 Grand Marquis about paint peeling. I myself have seen many of these on the road. I laugh to myself about the fact that I am not the only one with sunburn paint.Yup.. they don't stay new looking forever.. but after spending $30000.00 you would think that the paint would last a bit longer !!!!

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Glad you figured it out. I have not seen any of these cars with this issue in my area and that leads me to believe that possibly not a huge number of these cars is affected. I have seen some clear coat coming off though.


You are NOT alone! My 2003 has the same issue. I've seen it on a few other cars in my area (Michigan). My car is white and the other cars I've seen are also white. Other colors don't seem to be affected.

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As the days go by more and more paint is peeling off my will soon look like a bad sunburn.. we need to start a class action suit.. if you have the same problem lets start it now !!!!

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Peeling paint is mostly seen on GM cars and trucks but I do see Fords with peeling paint on occasion. My 2002 and 2003 Fords still have good paint.


My 2004 marquis paint is chipping off in flakes. You can see the primer underneath. No other color so I don't believe the car was ever painted. Bought it with 50k miles.Some of the primered areas are starting to rust. Rest of car is awesome as far as reliability and comfort.

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Yes ! My 2003 Mercury Marquis is peeling, flaking off in bits and when its washed more paint comes off, even around the door edges, all I see is a silver color underneath, its not glossy its a dull look like aluminum tin! I was just looking for paint shops to have it repainted when I stumbled across this thread. I didn’t think it was just my car.. I figured it was happening to all the Mercury marquis, especially the white in color ones and the 2003 models. Its worth painting because it is a very dependable car, never had any problems with it just General wear and Maintnence.


My mercury grand marques 2003 is the same way as those above. Is there a recall on this? I would really like it repainted but the price is ridiculous. It has 53000 miles and runs great no issues.

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No recalls that I am aware of.. lot of people with the same problem!


Recalls are for safety issues, not paint.

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Same thing with my 2004 Grand Marque. I read somewhere that it was a issue that Ford was aware of but not willingnto anything about..

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My 2008 grand Marquis has exact same problem. Need to get it painted badly before rust sets in. I have to make a career change and I am putting it in service .Small Claims Court here I come.

Iron embedded in the body before paint and primer sounds like a dirty hand used to correct alignment of unpainted surface. More than likely intentionally done. Surfaces were less than clean from all contanimants.

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