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Old 09-29-2014, 10:21 PM
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Getting rid of the chrome... what to do with the door handles

Hey everyone,

First post but I've been lurking for a while.

For those of you that have gotten rid of the chrome, how did you manage the door handles? I'm using plastidip for the emblems and the trim... but I'm a bit hesitant on the handles because of the unlock sensor.... I don't want to dip over the area if it messes it up. I have a feeling the only option will be to use the vinyl wrap.

Anyone done this? Did you do it yourself or did you bring it in to have it done.

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Getting rid of the chrome... what to do with the door handles

Ive seen a few people that have bought painted handles through various vendors. That's probably going to be the best, but maybe not the gentlest on the wallet.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:27 PM
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Re: Getting rid of the chrome... what to do with the door handles

I used the Plasti Dip on the handles, but it didn't turn out as well as I wanted. I don't have any pictures yet, but check out my video here.

Pros:
  • The sensor still works if you just cover the backside with tape (back should be black already)
  • It was cheap.
  • Extremely easy to remove if I don't like it.
  • It looks good enough for me.
  • Good way to see if you really like the look enough to buy black handles in the future.

Cons:
  • Really hard to spray on the backside of the rear door handles.
  • Hard not to pull up the top edge when you open the handle repeatedly.
  • I had a hard time pulling the Plasti Dip off from the keyhole area since there really isn't a defined edge for it to pull apart at and for some reason an X-acto knife wouldn't slice through the plastic as much as it would pull it/not punch through without movement. Still haven't taken it all the way off because I know I'm gonna screw it up and have to redo it.

All in all:

I would, and will, do it again since it only costs ~$10 for the four handles, but this time I might actually roll the window down and spray from the inside to hit the inside of the handle.

I've added rock rails, have the OME 2" lift on order now, and plan on Plasti Dipping the wheels soon (newborn arrived on the 23rd...the Jeep is getting pushed to the back burner) so hopefully the next video/picture looks better
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