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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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      Well I work at a Ford dealer so my cost was around 320 for all parts and then I will have my body shop paint them. Its a little expensive for door handles, but I cant stand the chrome ones and I want an exact match to the white plat not just white plasti dip. If you go to http://www.oemfordpart.com/ and search under ford edge(11-13) and look for the door handle parts that are paint to match. This website has the same parts and are within $10 of dealer cost on each part.
       
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      Man, I wish they would've paint matched like the SHOs
       
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      Now I def want to do this... The question for me will be should I paint them black to match all the trim or color match them (ruby red)...
       
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      I painted mine with Krylon plastic paint. IMO they look good
       
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      Pic? Color?
       
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      Painted the chrome ones it came with or replaced them with the edge paintable ones?
       
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      Painted the stock chrome ones, kinda semi gloss black. I didn't want gloss because it wouldn't really match the black on the exp.

      I'll take a pic tomorrow
       
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      the only non-gloss black on the sport is the roof racks. The A and B pillar blackout is gloss, the wheel black is gloss, the liftgate strip is gloss, the grille is gloss.
       
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      Well what I meant was in the sun light the metal flake the org paint has
       
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      Got my edge "paint to match handles" today for my 14 white plat ex. See link below. 1 pic is before I took the outside covers off. That is why it is so expensive because you have to buy the whole handle as they dont sell just the covers. I will be getting them painted in the next week so I will post an after pick then.


      http://s795.photobucket.com/albums/yy234/zrj20
       
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      Read countless comments on this forum about wrapping the chrome handles so I went and bought gloss black vinyl. Looked good everywhere except the edges that but up to the doors - couldn't get the wrinkles out no matter how hard I tried. Figured since the handles were off anyway, I'd have em painted. Luckily, my neighbor dates a painter. Handles are now professionally painted Tuxedo Black as they SHOULD HAVE BEEN FROM FORD. Yay!
       
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      I couldn't get the vinyl to fit right at the edges - probably just me being too picky. Anyway, I figured since the handles were off anyway, I'd just get 'em painted and as luck would have it, my neighbor dates a painter. After a couple days, a few beers and a little incident with the lock mechanism falling to the bottom of the door, I am happy to report the handles are Tuxedo Black and look AWESOME! Anyone need 20' a gloss vinyl wrap??
       
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      Posted this in another thread, but wanted to update - did NOT have success with wrap, but handles are a breeze to get off and back on (assuming you don't knock the spring to the bottom of the inside of the door like I did...). Don't know how much it is to paint them since my neighbor's boyfriend did them for an iPod, but I think it is well worth it and would be pretty easy to DIY if you know how to paint...
       
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      I'm confused as to how so many members declare the chrome handles not suitable for painting but then several others seem to say they painted them up no problem. Is a professional body shop going to have issues painting the chrome handles?
       
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      It's now been 3 or 4 months since I painted my handles as well as the other chrome and it's all holding up perfectly. The trick is to dull the chrome with a scotchbrite and then etch prime them before regular prime and paint. Without etch prime it will probably flake.
       
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      My body shop would paint over the chrome but they would not guarantee how long it would last, that is why I went with the edge paint to match handles as they will guarantee the paint on them.
       
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      I want to change mine to the pearl white. Any help with this?
       
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      Have you guys just thought about ordering premixed paint in a spray can such as from paint scratch.com I have done that before on several projects on my mustangs and other trucks. I also have just picked up a '14 Explorer Limited and with just 50 miles on the odometer the chrome handles are driving me nuts. Thinking about ordering white platinum and painting them.
       
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      Also where did you get the black ford badges?
       
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      Do you have all the part number of all four door handle? Will be appreciated if you provided for us. Lol. Thanks
       
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      Amazon:

      Gorilla Automotive 71683NBC "The System" Acorn Black Chrome Wheel Locks (1/2" Thread Size) - For 5 Lug Wheels

      The "does it fit" thing Amazon has says it doesn't fit - but it does.
       
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      Well its been about a year and the handles still look really good. Sorry I haven't been on in a while.
       

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