Yesterday, I had my head buried under the dash while I was vacuuming the carpet and noticed that the gas pedal had a bluish cast to it. While I was pondering on why Ford had made the pedal look that way, I saw that the edge of the pedal had a piece of plastic sticking from the edge. When I picked at it, the whole piece of plastic peeled away from the pedal, leaving a virgin new surface! Apparently, it's just some protective covering that the dealer missed removing when the car was new. It had been there for 10 months before I noticed it.