Door Handle Easy and reversible Mod | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations
  • Register Today It's free!

Door Handle Easy and reversible Mod

mhikeboy

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dubai
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 Explorer XLT
Hello,

I have seen in a couple of threads regarding people with XLT's and Limited's wanting to have a black door handle and even wanting to swap with base model door handle owners.

I am one of those people but would not really want my ride to look like a base model. I came up with this idea of just installing vinyl stickers on the door facia only and keeping the chrome on the sides.

Before :
20121006_131811_zps62a86965.jpg


After:
20121006_164212_zps270cc1cb.jpg

20121006_164150_zps28a68e94.jpg


To make it shiny and look like its been painted on my door handle, I sprayed krylon clear gloss acrylic paint on the vinyl, had it dry properly, then cut it and sticked it on my door handles. If you want a matte look, you can skip the painting steps. (maybe you can even paint it with your body color paint)

I made a template in pdf but not sure how to post it here.

The best thing with this mod is that it is totally reversible to stock by simply peeling off the vinyl!

Let me know what you think :)
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





Texanz06

Member
Joined
September 1, 2012
Messages
43
Reaction score
0
City, State
Southeast , Texas
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013 Ex Limited
Nicely done, I would be interested in the PDF file for this.
 






Sgt1411

Elite Explorer
Joined
February 22, 2011
Messages
4,501
Reaction score
464
City, State
VanBC/GoodyearAZ
Year, Model & Trim Level
2021 Explorer ST
Callsign
PRINCE51
You did a nice wrap on that handle, well done.

Almost looks painted to me.

I wanted to do my Chrome EXPLORER Appliqué on the back hatch, so this is a great way to do it and still have the ability to return it to stock.
 






bodybump

Active Member
Joined
October 17, 2012
Messages
83
Reaction score
0
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013 FORD EXPLORER
Plasti Dip!! and when you get bored you can just peel it off
 
























Mikie1

Member
Joined
July 13, 2012
Messages
27
Reaction score
0
City, State
Texas
Year, Model & Trim Level
13 Exp Sport
Man this is soo funny. Me & a guy at the dealership were discussing this yesterday when we picked our sport up.

Great minds think alike.
 






VinceL

Explorer Addict
Joined
May 24, 2011
Messages
2,301
Reaction score
4
City, State
Frisco, TX
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013 Explorer Limited
I always liked how the previous gen Infiniti M had the matching paint color accent in the handle. I thought it was a nice accent to the usual boring chrome handle and gave the car a more premium look:

4965_st0640_045.jpg
 
























mhikeboy

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dubai
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 Explorer XLT
Does Home Depot ship to Dubai? :D

Looks like they do!

Home Depot Import Export Services FAQ

True, Home Depot exports, but air shipping the plastidip can sprays are illegal for its flammable and hazardous content. We do have ACE hardware here, but the plastidip they have are not the spray cans but in liters where you need a spray gun.

In my case, the Vinyl is the best thing to do and maybe to others too who does not have access to plastidip. Thanks for the info though :)
 






mhikeboy

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dubai
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 Explorer XLT






Bohunk

Active Member
Joined
April 8, 2011
Messages
66
Reaction score
1
City, State
Glen Ellyn, IL
Year, Model & Trim Level
2016 Platinum
Plasti-Dip

Was it difficult to paint the grille with Plasti-Dip?
 






bodybump

Active Member
Joined
October 17, 2012
Messages
83
Reaction score
0
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013 FORD EXPLORER
Looks Great! like the wheels as well! awesome! and lastly the pinstripes accent looks good, could you take a closer shot of it.

oh! here's my black grille (painted though, since i dont have access to plastidip)

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg590/mhikeboy/20120923_121837_zps30610f70.jpg

Love it!!! Hey i have a spare new OEM EXPLORER LETTERING if you want it i can sell it to you how much i bought it and i can ship international just message me...

I already changed and painted all black and changed the pin stipes to black also hahahaha here is a pic...i also added angel eyes halos...:)
 

Attachments

  • DSC_6644.jpg
    DSC_6644.jpg
    88.3 KB · Views: 3,017
  • DSC_6625.jpg
    DSC_6625.jpg
    50.4 KB · Views: 1,907
  • DSC_6553.jpg
    DSC_6553.jpg
    80 KB · Views: 5,249
  • DSC_6589.jpg
    DSC_6589.jpg
    71.2 KB · Views: 1,996






Sgt1411

Elite Explorer
Joined
February 22, 2011
Messages
4,501
Reaction score
464
City, State
VanBC/GoodyearAZ
Year, Model & Trim Level
2021 Explorer ST
Callsign
PRINCE51
yup....all black grill and black pinstripes much nicer IMHO
 






mhikeboy

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dubai
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 Explorer XLT
Love it!!! Hey i have a spare new OEM EXPLORER LETTERING if you want it i can sell it to you how much i bought it and i can ship international just message me...

I already changed and painted all black and changed the pin stipes to black also hahahaha here is a pic...i also added angel eyes halos...:)


2 thumbs up! really great ride! If you still have the OEM letters, PM me the price. Thanks!

BTW: would really be great if you could post (with pics) a step by step guide for the halo eyes! Cheers!
 






kirksjeep

Member
Joined
October 10, 2012
Messages
42
Reaction score
0
City, State
Honolulu HI
Year, Model & Trim Level
2013 Sport
Love it!!! Hey i have a spare new OEM EXPLORER LETTERING if you want it i can sell it to you how much i bought it and i can ship international just message me...

I already changed and painted all black and changed the pin stipes to black also hahahaha here is a pic...i also added angel eyes halos...:)

When you did your door handles did you take them off or just mask them? How did you work around the bump thing on the drivers side door?

I ordered a Sport in the same color as your rig and I really like some of your mods and plan to do similar to mine.
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





mhikeboy

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2012
Messages
139
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dubai
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 Explorer XLT
Im doing the black sticker on the hood! looks awesome!
 






Top