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Old 04-27-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Re-Painting door handles

Hi all,

Please excuse my ignorance when it comes to technical stuff because I'm a noob. but I'm eager to learn.

My door handles have rusted pretty badly, so I sanded them down.

I'm going to paint them with Krylon Fusion, sating black and I was wondering if there was anything else I had to do to them before I lay the pain on.

Primer?
Some sort of rust proofer?

Let me know.

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I know that you can use Fusion on metal but I don't know if it has any rust preventing properties since it's designed for plastic so you may want to prime it first. I think most of us use Rustoleum Bedliner as it's durable and has rust proofing additives so you may want to use that or regular satin black Rustoleum instead of the Fusion. At least with the Bedliner paint you don't need to prime first as it's simply scuff, tape, and paint.

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Old 04-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, does the bedlioner have the same finish as paint or will it be rougher?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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liner*

Also, what are your thoughts on plasti-dip?
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My concern with the plasti-dip is that with a handle you are using it a lot and the plasti-dip will pull off...
I wouldn't recommend it...
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The bedliner has a slight texture but not in a gritty way. I can't really vouch for Plasti-Dip as I've never used it but I'd be a little concerned about wear from fingernails as it can come off since it's not a permanent type of coating. The Rusto Bedliner is good stuff and I've used it all over my Jeep with great effect.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Duplicolor ( most Auto parts stores carry Duplicolor paints ) makes "Trim" paint ....it's not flat, nor is it high gloss black, kind of in between....looks great IMO. I use it to touch up black trim on our vehicles and to paint different brackets on my Harley.
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I used plastidip on my side mirrors, fenders, license plate holder, door handles, light bezels and front grill. Holding up great.
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Kendaldac,

I had some rust on my door handles, too. I "refinished" them with Rustoleum rattle-can bedliner last year, after I sanded them. I am very happy with how they look now.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:47 PM   #10
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Maybe I am out in left field, but replacement door handles are only $22. To me personally, $44 to get brand new door handles is cheap. If I am going to go to the trouble of taking the door handles off, sanding the old paint and rust off of them, re-painting, and re-installing, I am just going with new ones.
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Maybe I am out in left field, but replacement door handles are only $22. To me personally, $44 to get brand new door handles is cheap. If I am going to go to the trouble of taking the door handles off, sanding the old paint and rust off of them, re-painting, and re-installing, I am just going with new ones.
Or, for about 1/16th of a can of $9 bed coating, they can look better and for longer than new ones. It took about an hour to R&R and spray mine.
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Maybe I am out in left field, but replacement door handles are only $22. To me personally, $44 to get brand new door handles is cheap. If I am going to go to the trouble of taking the door handles off, sanding the old paint and rust off of them, re-painting, and re-installing, I am just going with new ones.

Yeah, that's an option, but I'm not seasoned and I feel like I'd snap a clip trying to get at the door handle and have half my interior door panel hanging off and then I'd have to replace that too.

I'm sanding them while they're still attached and I'll mask it off and hit it with the rattler.
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Yeah, that's an option, but I'm not seasoned and I feel like I'd snap a clip trying to get at the door handle and have half my interior door panel hanging off and then I'd have to replace that too.

I'm sanding them while they're still attached and I'll mask it off and hit it with the rattler.
This is exactly my thinking about most replaceable parts on my Jeep. I normally agree with the "since I'm removing it I might as well replace it" point of view but it seems just about every time I try to replace something that has been exposed to the outside air I end up breaking something or I simply can't remove the bolt/screw. That's what's nice about the bedliner as it has less overspray than regular paint (or at least I think it does) and you can simply tape off and paint just about any piece of trim without removing it and it still looks decent.

Plus the Bedliner paint is a lot more durable than regular trim paint. I like the "do it once and forget it" perspective more than anything!
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:41 PM   #14
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Ok, they're primed, and painted. Do I clear them?
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I sanded and herculined mine. No problems so far but the doors haven't been on very much since.
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LOL, just re-read this old thread. FWIW, I didn't remove my door handles when I refinished them but mine were only lightly rusted. I masked around them and sanded them in place, then hit them with the rattle-can bed liner! :-p
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #17
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whats the process for removing the door handles? I need to do mine but don't want to mask off that whole area.
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I looked into it and decided it was easier to just tape it off then use masking paper (or some old magazines, newspaper) to cover an area about 10 inches around the handle. Theres a you tube video on how to take the handles out Ill see if I can find it. I can turn a wrench and Im skilled in removing interior parts but this looked like too much trouble for me.
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I looked into it and decided it was easier to just tape it off then use masking paper (or some old magazines, newspaper) to cover an area about 10 inches around the handle. Theres a you tube video on how to take the handles out Ill see if I can find it. I can turn a wrench and Im skilled in removing interior parts but this looked like too much trouble for me.

I taped mine off to nd bedlined them
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Maybe I am out in left field, but replacement door handles are only $22. To me personally, $44 to get brand new door handles is cheap. If I am going to go to the trouble of taking the door handles off, sanding the old paint and rust off of them, re-painting, and re-installing, I am just going with new ones.
I had a sprung passenger handle, so I bought a shiny new one. Looked the same, seemed to be made the same way. Installed it, put my door back together and back on my Jeep...and after 5 test openings, it broke the helper spring (the snail shaped one) and I couldn't fix it. So I just refinished the original....and it looks great!

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I taped mine off to nd bedlined them
The benefit of removing the handles, is that you get to take a good look at the rest of your door. I found (then treated) rust on the lower potion of BOTH my doors. I also cleaned and lubricated all the inner workings, do it should last a long time.

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I've used Duplicolor on my mirrors, headlight bezels, and recovery hooks...bumpers, handles and tub are coming up next.

I love like, like another poster mentioned it is textured but not in that cheap roll on bedliner way.
I'd buy a can If I were you and go home an spray something.
there is only one problem though....the stuff is addictive!

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