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Old 12-18-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Outer door handles. Paint, dip or other ???

So, my outer door handles are looking a little worse for wear. Little pockets of surface rust on the bottom where water always collects when it rains. I'm thinking about roughing them up and hitting them with some fresh black semi gloss. Then I was thinking maybe bed liner. Then the thought of plastidippin em ran through my head.
Sure I'm not the first facing this dilemma and not going to be the last but I thought I would through this out there and see what comes back. Thoughts? Opinions? Advice welcomed...

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Plasti dip is the wrong item for that application. It peels off. You don't want it on something that is going to be grabbed. Just rattle can it with some satin or semi-gloss paint.

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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Plasti dip is the wrong item for that application. It peels off. You don't want it on something that is going to be grabbed. Just rattle can it with some satin or semi-gloss paint.
That's what I was wondering. I've never used the Plasti dip before and thought I'd ask. Still thinking about the bed liner spray though.

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Mine were $20 each from quadratec
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I just shot mine on Sunday with Rustoleum Spray-in Bedliner. I like the texted look!
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Mine were $20 each from quadratec
Mine still work. Rattle can of paint already paid for and in my workshop but thanks :-)
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I just shot mine on Sunday with Rustoleum Spray-in Bedliner. I like the texted look!
Did you pull them or just mask it off?
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Pulling them off is too much of a PITA (you have to remove the glass and take the whole door apart) so I would just tape them off. I plan on doing mine very soon.
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I taped them off, very carefully. Then covered all the way around with newspaper, and more tape. I also removed my mirrors, and sprayed the housings.
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Tape it off and use Rustoleum bedliner, The duplicolor fades fast. I like the look of bedliner on the handles. I did mine almost 2 years ago and no issues.
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Well thanks for the input guys. Still not decided which way to go but the bedliner option is lookin better n better...
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You don't have to pull the glass. I pulled my handles and sprayed them with Rustoleum bed coating last winter and they still look great. In my opinion the only right way to paint things like this is to remove them. Only takes about 15-20 minutes a side to pull 'em.
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heres bedliner. I agree that the right way to do it is to remove them and paint, but that wasnt in my time budget. I ended up taping them off then masking off about 10 inches around the handle.

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Looks good. Other than taping them off did you do any prep?
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bedliner spray... I think I would like to do ALL my trim on my Jeep with bedliner spray... thoughts?
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heres bedliner. I agree that the right way to do it is to remove them and paint, but that wasnt in my time budget. I ended up taping them off then masking off about 10 inches around the handle.


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I did the same, taped off and bedline

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What about Bumpers, Flares and ALL my black trim.... Hard top too!!! whatcha think?
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Tape and bed liner... Best option in my opinion
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What about Bumpers, Flares and ALL my black trim.... Hard top too!!! whatcha think?
Do it! My fender flares are color-matched, but have some nicks/ scratches. Once they get a little more beat up, I'll spray them also.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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Only prep I did was sand the old paint down to make it flat, and give the bedliner something to grab onto. I used 320 grit paper. The paint was chipping off in big chunks cause the PO didnt do any prep at all.

Edit: for reference the bedliner I used in that pic was Duplicolor, it faded and I redid it in Rustoleum. Which Im pretty sure is what the other pics are. I like the Rustoleum look and feel better then Duplicolor.
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What about Bumpers, Flares and ALL my black trim.... Hard top too!!! whatcha think?
Definitely do it. The Rustoleum rattle can has a great finish to it. Looks very nice on our flares. When the weather warms up a bit more, we're doing our hardtop, bumpers, mirrors and door handles with the same stuff.
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Plasti dip is the wrong item for that application.
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I did mine with bedliner. It's been that way for a few weeks and I love it. All I did was scuff it up with some really fine sandpaper, masked it off, and sprayed 2 or 3 coats on them. It came out really well.















Be sure you mask off really well. I had two layers of masking paper and a layer of masking tape and it leaked through on one of mine.





Also make sure your handles are flush up against the door. I had my doors off when i did mine and had the windows rolled down. It went between the door and the handle and ran down my window. I like to have never chipped all that stuff off my window. All in all, it's a really simple job with the correct prep work. I highly recommend doing them with bedliner!
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Be sure to mask off very well and wipe the area to be painted with some acetone or denatured alcohol to really get it clean and dry prior to spraying paint. Once you've applied your final coat, rip the tape off and look for any overspray that may have sneaked in one seam or another. If you see anything suspicious, wipe it off with a rag that has a touch of acetone or denatured alcohol on it. Comes right up (speaking from experience here). Just take your time with the prep. For door handles, it won't take very long... but will still take longer than you'd think. Lol.
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Be sure to mask off very well and wipe the area to be painted with some acetone or denatured alcohol to really get it clean and dry prior to spraying paint. Once you've applied your final coat, rip the tape off and look for any overspray that may have sneaked in one seam or another. If you see anything suspicious, wipe it off with a rag that has a touch of acetone or denatured alcohol on it. Comes right up (speaking from experience here). Just take your time with the prep. For door handles, it won't take very long... but will still take longer than you'd think. Lol.

True on the prep time. I started out and thought, this will take like 2 minutes.. 20 minutes later I finally had 1 door done! Second one only took about 10 minutes since I had figured out all the little tricks to getting around the corners and such.
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The flares and hard top will hold that stuff? How bout mirrors, bumpers, and what not? Btw... The hard top is gray.... I want it black..... Going to be ok?
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Plasti dip is the wrong item for that application.
Thanks, that was pointed out by Neil in the second post...


Thank you all for your input and all the pics and advice!
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The flares and hard top will hold that stuff? How bout mirrors, bumpers, and what not? Btw... The hard top is gray.... I want it black..... Going to be ok?
I have used it before with very good results. I bedlined the windshield support bars on the RC a little while back and it seems to hold up really well.

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