In reply to a message from George Balthrop sent Thu 13 Feb 2014:
I always appreciate your experience and dedication to this
‘‘Local Shop’’ – I can understand why you might think that
but my car hasn’t been to a shop for anything that would
have required the door panels removed since I got it about
10 years ago. The other car I looked at for that lady –
well, it was in very sorry condition and who knows. Both of
my doors are oozing adhesive – mostly right below the door
speakers. I see that there are a few other posters who’ve
had this problem so I really think it’s environmental. My
brother has two XJ-S’s and he did say this happened on his
In the end, I used some paper towels to wipe the worst of it
from the bottom of the doors. Once the bulk of it was
removed, I tried a little mineral spirits on the remainder.
The mineral spirits appears to have removed some of the
paint. That may be just some oxidized finish but I wouldn’t
want to use it anyplace that’s easily seen. Elbow grease
and paper towels works best.
Next time I need to lube the door locks, I’ll address the
problem more thoroughly. Until then, I’ll keep an eye on it
so that doesn’t mess up the door sills or the rubber seals.
Luckily, it moves very slowly.–
The original message included these comments:
I can’t help but wonder is some local shop in your area has used
improper adhesive after removing the plastic seal from the door sheet
metal, located between the door panel and the door metal. That would
be particularly likely if you have the problem on just one side.
Peter Fritz – '93 XJR-S Red Convt
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