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1st Gen Black Door Handle Alternative

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by kigmob, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Jul 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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    kigmob

    kigmob [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My truck started out with lots of chrome. I slowly began converting everything to black Currently, everything except my wheels, rear bumper, door handles and emblems are black. The door handles annoy me the most. I wanted black replacement handles but didn't feel like ripping my door apart. I thought about painting but didn't want to risk chipping. So next I had an idea. Wrap them with vinyl. I contacted ruggedT and he hooked me up with some 2x7 black matte rectangular vinyl cut outs for less than the price of a can of paint. I trimmed them, cleaned the door handles, and slapped them on. They came out really well! I hope they last and don't slowly peel off. I am curious to see how they handle washing/weathering. The hardest part was cutting them to size. Anyways heres some pics!

    I first cleaned the handles and propped them up with some old bushings. Propping them up helped fold behind the access vinyl to ensure full coverage of the handle.
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    Next I cut them, rounded the edges, and sliced the corners so they would fold back easily.
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    Then I stretched the vinyl and pressed it down going from the inside out to the edges. Be sure not to allow any bubbles.
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    Finally fold back the edges and make it look clean. And you're done!
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    For any vinyl decals, I'd suggest contacting ruggedT! He was quite helpful in getting me exactly what I needed!
     
  2. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Nice.

    FWIW I painted my chrome ones well over a year ago and they look almost mint still. Just some minute hairline scratches. I figure if I have to touch them up once every two years for a total of 15 minutes of my time... I'm down with that.
     
  3. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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    kigmob

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    Well thats good to know. If these fail I'll probably go ahead and paint them. Figured I try something new though!
     
  4. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    I'd imagine if you cleaned it well and laid it down well, which it seems you have, that it'll last a long time as is.

    Nice work.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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    taco terror

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    That turned out looking pretty good. I am guilty of liking some chrome though.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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    Thanks man! And I can tell...your sig blinds me :D
     
  7. Jul 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    ruggedT

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    That came out awesome. Thanks for sharing the results I was rather curious
     
  8. Jul 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM
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    yoterdude

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    That looks great man! I plastidiped mine a while back and they are starting to peel a little from behind. Guess its time to touch them up
     
  9. Jul 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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    Mr. Biscuits

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    you didn't remove them did you? I'm trying to eliminate this last hint of chrome and I can't decide how I want to do it so that it lasts a long time.

    lol we're always swapping painting tips. our trucks probably look exactly the same at this point :D
     
  10. Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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    Alderleet

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    I just hit them with black plastidip. Done.
     
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