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A 355nation (CCP) presented by
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Project Name
How To: Paint Your Door Handlesl

Project Description
Get that smooth and clean look for less than 30 bucks!

Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2005
Engine: 2.8L
Power windows: No
Sun Roof: No


Tool Needed
3/4" socket

Parts/Materials Needed

-800 grit sandpaper
-2000 grit sandpaper
-1 can sealer primer Duplicolor brand. DAP 1699 Gray Primer Sealer
-1-2 cans of base coat color Duplicolor brand
-find your color here http://duplicolor.anthonythomas.com/match2/match_maker.cgi
-1 can clear top coat Duplicolor brand. DS125 Clear Top Coat



Project Time
Not including paint cure time about 3 hours.

Project Cost
$30 or less




This process worked well for me just ensure your parts are always clean and dirt, dust and oil from your hands free. It is a good idea to clean after every step and use a tack cloth to keep the dirt off. Do this in a well ventilated area and with as little air movement as possible so dirt doesn't land on your work. Where a mask as this paint smells bad and can't be good for ya.

Step 1. Take door handles OFF the truck.

Step 2. Prep handles with 800 or lower sandpaper to take some of the texture off.

Step 3. Shoot several coats of primer sealer until texture is covered good.

Step 4. Sand with 800 grit sandpaper to even the primer in the texture's groove's

Step 5. Repeat step until texture is gone and handles are smooth.

Step 6. Shoot several light coats of color.

Step 7. Sand with 2000 grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth finish and to verify that base coat is thick enough.



Step 8. Spray more coats of color.

Step 9. Spray several light layers of clear.

Step 10. lightly sand with 2000 grit and spray again until you feel all areas have a nice coat of clear.




optional and after paint has had plenty of time to dry.

Step 11. Sand with 2000 grit until clear coat is nice and smooth and has a semi dull finish.

Step 12. Follow with polishing compound.

Step 13. Finish with wax.

After polishing with wax, I could sand some more and polish some more but I am happy with the results and will leave them alone.


 
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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

Bro, looks amazing! :cool:

From here, it looks like a shop did it.

Can we get some pics of them bolted back on the truck?

I may have to do this tomorrow....damn that's hot!!

BTW, where do you get the 800 and 2000 grit paper? I buy my sand paper from home depot and they don't have anything finer than 150 or 200 grit.
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

rrcn the sand paper was bought at auto zone and the white you need is duplicolor t-174, thanks for the comments and when I mount them you know I will post pics.
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

new pics at the bottom after I sanded with 2000 grit and waxed, tried to get close up so you can see how smooth they are, remember this is a rattle can. I am pleased with how they look and the color matches perfect.
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

updated for tailgate and I might install the side ones today too.
 
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Vewry nice. Might have to to this myself. :355:
 

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More pics installed all of them!!! Cheapest and Easiest mod yet!!
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

hmm victory red shows up under T400 and T408
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

looks awsome, make me want to do it this weeked.

is their any place that would sell a colored rubber gasket, or would it be posible to die it, cuz i know you cant paint it.
 

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Re: How To: Paint your door handles

you can try to paint it but I was afraid it would eventually flake off. I doubt you will find it anywhere any color.
 
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