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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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    1. DefinitiveCars

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      Ive done mine like 3 times, and they start peeling days later every time I do it. I did my friends Jeep, all the trim and the wheels and his looks great. WTF.
       
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      Explorer Painted Door Handles at dealer

      I just picked up my 2014 Sport last week and have been searching the net for some info on things I'm interested in learning about.

      One of these is the damn door handles. I see a few threads on this forum about the chrome handles.
      I talked to the dealer today and was told you can order the handles pained with the color your Sport came with for around 600 dollars.
      They also want 200 dollars per door to install which is absurd in my opinion.

      Not sure if its worth buying the handles from them or not.
      I've searched around the net but I cant find anywhere selling these things.

      The vinyl or plasti dip stuff seems like a ghetto fix for a car that cost so much
      Painting the chrome ones that it comes with was my first thought, but I'm told its not something you want to do. (Painting on chrome)

      Anyway, do you guys think the dealer price for a painted set is the way to go or do you think its possible some company will sell aftermarket ones at some point?
       
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      Welcome to the Forum JD408.:wavey:
      As indicated in my PM, I have merged your thread/post with this existing one on the same topic. I'm not sure how well paint will adhere to polished chrome and I don't know if anyone will come out with painted ones just for the Explorer. That would be a very limited market.

      Peter
       
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      I have no knowledge of the handles on the newer Explorers, but I know about the handles on my older Mustang. The factory handles were plastic and become brittle and hence break over time. They now sell aftermarket metal ones, and the price is reasonable, but install means completely disassembling the door, drilling out rivets, and putting in new rivets for the new handles. So in the event that the replacing the handles is as involved on the Explorers as it is on the mustang, it may not be a completely trivial operation.

      I always look at these things in their various components. What do the parts cost? (a) Can I get the same thing cheaper? Not sure there's a lot of aftermarket stuff like this for new models Explorers, but I could be totally wrong on that assumption. But maybe check some other dealerships, or some mail order sites. (b) What does the labor cost? Can I get that done cheaper? So you might want to check some local body shops and see if they'll give you a quote on install.

      Good luck. Enjoy the explorer..
       
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      There are a couple guys on this forum that did a very good job with the vinyl wrap on the door handles.

      Much better then I could do.

      I don't think it looks Ghetto when done like these guys have done it, but your right, if not done well it looks very poor.

      Don't remember seeing Plasticoat.

      Keep in mind if you have the keyless entry the handle has a sensor.
       
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      Well I tried to call and order and came up with issues.
      Called the guy back in service said, hey I called parts like you said and Im not getting anywhere. Calls me back and says he made a mistake. LOL
      So I guess no painted handles now from there.
      I'm trying to find out about some without the chrome and just black plastic now
       
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      ^

      I think the shop that wrapped my handles dropped a screw in the door.

      Any suggestions on how to get to it?


      Thanks
       
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      Required taking the back door inside panel off, which in turn, required taking the lock mechanism out. Not a job for the faint and I had the help of my neighbor's boyfriend who works in a body shop. He had a tool that allowed getting under the plastic rivets without breaking them. Also required removal of 4 large screws. Good luck!
       
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      So your plastidip didn't last? i was thinking about plastidipping mine, but kind of thought it might not take kindly to the constant wear & tear of handle usage. How many coats did you put on?

      p.s. is that vinyl wrap the 3m gloss (1080-G12) or 3m metallic gloss (1080-G212)? it seems like the metallic one would match the black paint better, but idk.
       
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      this is what the 3M Gloss Metallic looks like...it is real close, not as much flake on the film.
       

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      I used metallic black vinyl and I'm very pleased with the result.

      I strongly recommend wrapping after handles are removed.

      I'll post some pics after I get my truck back and cleaned.

      Finding paint match handles is impossible.

      I thought about ordering replacement handles and painting those but they are a bit pricey.

      $30 will buy more than enough vinyl.
       
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      Thanks for the pic! Would you order the same one again?

      I'm trying to decide between the various blacks 3M makes. Here's the codes for all who wanna know:
      • flat (1080-M12)
      • satin (1080-S12)
      • gloss (1080-G12)
      • gloss metallic (1080-G212)
      • carbon fiber (1080-CF12)
      • brushed metallic (1080-BR212)

      The metallic seem to match the paint best. The flat comes closest to matching the bumpers (as would plastidipping). The gloss would match the paneling the best.

      Then the satin,which is closest to a pure black. And the brushed metallic and carbon fiber just look cool, but I'd probably then want to do other parts of the vehicle to match. :/
       
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      Had mine professionally painted to match Explorer. I'm not a professional painter myself, but I'm not sure where the fear of painting over the chrome is - mine turned out great and were ready to put back on the car in 24 hours. Like I said, I'm not a painter so I don't know the prep required, but I cannot think it was that difficult since my neighbor did it for us for free. Find a body shop, remove and take the handles to them - should not cost more than a few hundred bucks if you find the right shop...
       
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      whats the smallest size sheet of vinyl (in square feet) that it would take to do all the handles? think i can get away with 1 sq ft? that would make 4 pieces of 12"x3", or 4 pieces of 8"x4". i dont have my explorer yet, so idk the measurements on the handles.
       
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      You don't have to remove the inside of the door. Takes 30 seconds to take them off......

      http://s841.photobucket.com/user/br...HandleRemoval_zpsf9d2a6a3.jpg.html?sort=6&o=0
       
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      this looks great.

      Im trying to decide between this metallic or the regular black gloss so that it can match the grille, mirror caps and rear black appliqué. Do you have more pics if this mod from far and different angles?
       
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      Maybe for '15 the Sport will have body color door handles. ;)
       
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      Check these out, I haven't been able to get to the driver's door, so it shows a pretty good comparison to the passenger rear door. I removed the handles to apply the film, I would have removed and had the body shop paint, but it is just a leased vehicle. I think they will probably be undistinguishable between the regular gloss and metallic gloss from a distance, but up close you will probably notice. Hope this helps.
       

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      This is awesome. Looks great. I have the same explorer and was thinking about doing this same thing. Was it hard to do? How long did it take you to do it? Have you passed it through a car wash yet? If its not too much trouble, can you provide the link as to where you got the metallic vinyl wrap from? Is it easy to take off if you don't want it anymore? Mine is leased also.(sorry for all of the questions at once). Thanks.
       
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      It is a pretty tedious process to get the wrap to "behave" around the tight radii, you will need to use a heat gun or hair dryer to stretch the film. I took about an hour each to do, from removal, wrap, to reinstall. I don't run it through the car wash, so I can't help you there, but the film gets wrapped underneath the handl , so probably will not be an issue. I purchased the wrap for about $20.00 from metrorestyling.com, it is a 3M product "1080 G212 Gloss black Metallic Vinyl Wrap", I bought the 5' x 1'. Good luck and just take your time.
       
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      Gotcha. Thanks a lot for your input. You did a good job. I'll see if I can try. Waiting for the weather to warm up here in NYC. Hopefully in the next couple of months I can work on some things.
       
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      Been 7-8 months probably since I did this mod. The 3M vinyl is still holding up like new.
       
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      Cool. Got anymore pics of it?
       
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      I've done the 3m vinyl wrap: metallic black.

      Very happy with the results, it's as close to an exact paint match you're going to get without actually painting them tuxedo black.

      Holding up well after the crazy winter we've had.
       

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