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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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      I have a 14 base model and black plastic door handles.

      Is your 15 door handle available for the 14 model without the Passive Entry door touch button? I don't have this.

      Did you have to replace the entire door handle, instead of the handle cover?

      Do you have a part number?
       
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      Yes ,yes that's what I meant, not the junk covers off ebay!
      How much?
      Are all 15 Explores getting the painted ones?

       
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      I believe only the Sport with PEPS gets body colour because the Limited has a chrome package as opposed to our Sport blackout trim.

      I do not have part numbers but dealership or Fordparts.com should have those
       
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      Got my ex back from the painters today. I'm happy now. Those chrome door handles were keeping me up at night.
       
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      Looks good I keep getting told no on painting them. I've tried 3 different shops.
       
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      How did the plasti dip hold up on handles? I just did my logos, grille and tailgate but was told the handles would probably not hold up very long? Just wondering how often a person would have to do them.
      Thanks
       
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      Welcome to the Forum ykceb225.:wavey:
      There are several members who have done this with the door handles so hopefully you will get a response from someone. It would also be helpful possibly in answering future posts if you added the 'model' of your Explorer to your profile so it appears in the margin.
      Happy New Year!

      Peter
       
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      Looking good. What rims and wheels are those? Do you have more pics of your car like this?
       
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      took the back handles off to vinyl wrap, and just as my luck would have it, something inside the door broke (looks like the spring popped off a plastic piece or somethin). and now i cant open the door (oddly from the inside or the outside).

      so... what was supposed to be a 30 second removal is now going to take a trip to the dealership, and probably money out of pocket to Ford... cause I have zero faith they will cover this under warranty... even though i'm sure it happened due to their POS cheaply made components and poor design... ever too common throughout this car so far. ugggghh.
       
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      what did you pay (if u dont mind me asking)?
       
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      Paid $500 for the door handles + tint on the 3 rear brake lights + the head lights + the fog lights.
       
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      Aren't the headlamps and taillights on a Sport already tinted?

      Peter
       
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      Not tinted enough for me.
       
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      Just keep in mind that adding any tint will also reduce the light output.

      Peter
       
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      The interior housing of the Sport headlights are black, similar to the mod I did on the headlights of my non-Sport. The outer plastic lens of the headlights are clear. Therefore light output is not badly affected.

      However, some folks, like 1badgoat have tinted the outer lens of the headlights.

      And yes, Sports tail lights are tinted.
       
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      Looks good all around shadow. How did you do that lower grill? or is that just photoshopped?
       
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      Thanks! Not photoshopped LOL. I made the lower grille using the diamond mesh piece from the Sport grille (got it from a salvage pick-part yard from a totaled Sport). I didn't do a write-up as the whole process was experimental and I just about thought the entire thing would fail. But I detail some of my experiences in this thread http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=411016
       
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      Looks awesome..everything...but man on man..i would be pulled over by staties ever time i was on the hgihway with those darked out lights..they care ALOT about that here in MA
       
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      That's just one of the many reasons I moved down here.
       
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      I have 20% tint and was almost pulled over 2 weeks ago..but as he was running my plate behind me be pulled up to be and rolled down the windown and gave me the thumbs up and flew by.

      a week later i found out it was a guy who golfs at our course with another statie who we are good friends with haha. So i have 2 highways around me with my name kinda out there which is a plus
       
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      Plasti dipping mine tomorrow

      SHould go well with the tint...black emblems and turn signal tint...going for that stealth look :D
       
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      Finally completed the wrap. Took a couple hours to do right.
       

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      Looks good. I hope it holds up to the Southern Cali heat/humidity.

      I have a friend in your area that did the same to his handles, and within a year, the wrap started to lose adhesion for some reason. He lives in the valley. And since his local dealer quoted $300 to paint the handles, he couldn't afford it.

      So I hooked him up with my local dealer in Vegas and he got his done for around $120.00 (not including parts) while on a short vacation here.
       
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      not much humidity here, but yes it is hot :fire: (i'm near the SF valley as well). however, its quite tightly wrapped... around the backside and heath shrunk in place, then jammed against the door. I seriously doubt its goin anywhere, but if it does start peeling, I do have these on hand: http://amzn.to/1esvcUm , http://amzn.to/1J6MT8X :). I was quoted $250 to do all the handles in factory matched paint. I chose the $10 DIY vinyl wrap route. That leftover $240 is going to be better spent elsewhere!
       
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      YES! WARNING! Follow JimiJak's instructions on removing. You do NOT want that spring to fall out of its assmebly. It will take a good 1-2 hours to fix it, and is frustrating as hell. I cant believe how crazy and absurd the design is.

      I finally got mine put back in, but the spring doesn't have the same tension as it did before, so the door handle isn't quite held in as tight as the others, and doesn't retract as much. Which sucks, but it was getting dark and I just had to get the door handle back in (and I wont be opening it up to fix it again).
       

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