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Old 02-18-2013, 05:48 PM
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Default HOW TO: Disassemble Door Handles for Paint

Ok, I took the day to figure out how to get the chrome section of the door handle off in order to paint it...I'm not going to get into taking the door panel off and where to drill the holes in order to access the screws because there is a how to already on that. And for the record, drilling the holes makes removing the door panels so much easier!!!

Now, you are going to need a 7/16" drill bit and a T8 Torx bit to complete this process. On the backside of the handle you will see the single screw hole for the screw that mounts it to the door...

You will drill 2 7/16" holes on either side of the main screw hole and just a little off center towards the middle of the handle...

Once the holes are drilled you will see the 2 T8 Torx heads. Unscrew these screws...

Now start to pull on the chrome part of the handle on the side that you removed the two screws. DO NOT TRY TO PRY FROM THE OTHER SIDE, YOU WILL BREAK THE NOTCHES HOLDING THEM IN. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort...I don't have a pic of this but if you look at the backside of the chrome piece you will see the plastic notches holding it on...

Once you get that side popped out, there are a couple of "clips" on the top and bottom of the chrome part in the center of the handle, once these are undone keep pulling from that side so you do not bend (read break) the plastic notches holding the handle on the other side.

The chrome piece will now be seperated from the actual handle so you can paint it. I have not started painting yet as I am waiting on some color match paint but I will start the prep process tonight and follow up in this thread with how it turns out.

Just be careful and take your time and you will have no issues and no broken plastic
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