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Painting or Plastic Dip Door handles

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by willstatus, July 18, 2012.

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      SHAD0W Active Member

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      Out of curiosity, why does it appear that you took the whole handle assembly off? Couldn't you have taken off the chrome cover and just wrap around the cover itself?

      When I had my handles painted, I just removed the covers off of the handles, then snap them back on to reinstall.
       
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      painting has (virtually) no thickness to it, while vinyl wrap adds a mm or so. doesn't seem like much, but sometimes it's difficult to make pieces fit back together properly with that extra mm (especially if it was a tight tolerance already).

      also, i didn't notice an easy way to pop the chrome off. the smaller piece was entirely chromed, and the larger part of the handle (if i recall correctly) seemed like the chrome was wrapped around the back and under other pieces. wouldn't that have been more work? idk, maybe the handles are a bit different between years / models?
       
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      Yes, the smaller chrome piece would be removed entirely, by loosening the screw. If the screw was removed entirely, chances are that it would have fallen into the abyss of the door.

      For the larger/longer chrome piece, you would pull the handle open and remove the screw. Then with a hooked took such as a paint can lid opener, you can hook the chrome piece, and pull it off. The black handle portion would remain in place. Then you can snap the chrome cover back on, and replace the screw. I think this would save you the hassle of worrying about the spring.
       
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      is it safe???

      do you think it is safe to paint like this?? is the paper gets wet then what should we do? don't you think that we could use transparent plastics instead of newspaper??
       
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      Alrighty...I dropped the T20 screw for the larger chrome handle into the door abyss. Twice.
      I did not read this thread entirely, and loosed the screw to much, and it fell. I beat on the door until I heard it fall to the bottom, then I popped off the black plastic bottom drain clips, and there was the screw!

      I taped it to the end of my T20 screwdriver upon installation (so I wouldn't drop it) When I carefully removed the screwdriver, after I thought it was in, it DROPPED AGAIN. Darn it. This time it was nowwhere to be found...I even took off the panel a felt around in the door. It just disappeared.

      Does anyone know where I can get a replacement set screw?!
      It's marked as H1 in FordParts.com Door parts
       
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      Small easy to do mod..but can make a big difference in looks IMO

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      This mod was so worth it.. What was Ford thinking with that chrome??

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      I haven't seen the button in regards to the wiring side of it. Perhaps they simply disconnect the wires and leave them in the door.
      That button/handle is one of the best features in my opinion. It is the way I lock/unlock the vehicle 99% of the time.

      Peter
       
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      Peter,

      Thank you for your feedback. I'll take that feature into consideration before I make a final decision.

       
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      I know this post is old, but since this thread is being updated, I figured I'd chime in with an answer for you. This should be totally safe. If they were spraying enough paint on to soak the paper, that would be the least of their worries - the paint would form all sorts of drip marks and be a complete wash on the handles. When spraying the correct amount, the paint should become tacky almost instantly and their should be no need to worry about it getting through the paper.
       
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      it looks very good.. I will try this out soon..
       
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      I took my Ford OEM black plastic door handles off my 14 Sport before trading it in for the 17.

      These arent painted chrome or Ebay cheap ones these are from assembly line, OEM Front PEPS, and OEM rears.

      If anyone wants to purchase for 1/2 of what they cost on Fordparts.com please PM me.
       
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      You might want to visit gatorprints , you can request for a quote plus they have a lot of vinyl wraps with lots of colors to choose from.
      Brushed Aluminum BR212


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      People that removed their door handles - any tips? I have read through and searched posts and vids on how to do it but I see conflicting methods. After you loosen the torx screw and remove that little trim piece some instructions say to simply slide the handle towards the back of the car and you will feel it pop and then you can remove it, and others say first pull the handle out like you are opening the door and then slide it back towards the rear of the car to remove it. I don't want to do it wrong and risk that spring popping out that has happened to some people and then have to take off the interior door panel. Anyone have the best way to do it?
       
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      I held the handle with one hand, undid the Torx screw with the other. Slowly turning it so when it was loose enough it slid out before screw came out all the way and spring dropped.

      I did pull the handle open but not sure if that's required to slide off.

      Once off you can wax the area that's under the handle as well.

      I have pictures if you need them.
       
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      Thank you, how far did you pull the handle open, all the way? half way?
       
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      Honestly can't remember exactly, I believe half way but I'm not sure it matters.

      My post from a couple years ago, that's fresh info right after I did it might help as well.
       

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