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How to: Dis-assembling your mirrors for painting

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by macgyver, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM
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    macgyver

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    So yesterday I finally got around to painting my mirrors and door handles. I have seen threads on removing the door handles so I won't post that part but here is a How-to on dis-assembling your side mirrors so make painting easier. Yes, I could have just masked stuff but it wouldn't have come out as well and you would be able to tell they didn't come from the factory that way.

    Here we go
    Step 1
    Remove door panel (I won't cover this since there are already how-to's on this)
    Step 2
    Disconnect the mirror plug and remove the 3 10mm nuts circled
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    Step 3
    Remove mirror and place it on a work surface
    Step 4
    involved remove the outer shell from the plug (the plug won't fit through the holes in the pieces if you don't do this)
    You have to fold back a little tab on the back of the plug then push it through as pictured. It may take a little prying with a tiny flathead screwdriver.
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    Step 5
    Remove the plastic "gasket" type piece that goes between the body and the mirror. You have to remove one small phillips screw circled in red
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    Step 6
    Remove the cover plate on the bottom of the mirror and remove the 3 T-25 Torx screws you see
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    Step 7
    Remove the bracket/hinge thing from the mirror and you will see one more T-25 Torx screw you need to remove
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    Step 7
    Remove that metal bracket and you will see a phillips screw under that you need to remove
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    Step 8
    Now to removing the actual mirror from the motor and housing. Push the top in, then pull from the bottom towards you, it will unclip then you need to pull it backwards towards you. In the second pic you can see how it hooks on the top and it clips at the bottom
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    Step 9
    Remove the 3 phillips screws that attach the motor from the housing. Once you have removed these slide the motor unit out of the housing.
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    Step 10
    You are now left with just the housing. I wet-sanded it with 600 grit sandpaper. I used a dawn dish-soap and water mixture to wet-sand since this will clean a lot of the oils off of them. Let them dry
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    Step 11
    wipe it down with some isopropyl alcohol to clean any remaining residues off.
    Step 12
    Spray them with an adhesion promoter (Bulldog and duplicolor both make this product, I have used both brands with good luck in the past)
    Step 13
    Spray with a primer. 2 coats allowing proper flash time as labeled) Technically you don't have to do this since the adhesion promoter is a primer. I did this because it for some reason a rock were to hit the mirror and chip the paint, It would show the gray primer instead of the black plastic underneath.
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    Step 14
    Spray basecoat (color coat) and allow proper flash time as labeled. I used duplicolor perfect match silver streak mica in a spray can
    Step 15
    Spray clear coat. I sprayed a urethane clear that I mixed and sprayed with my HVLP spray gun. You can use a spray can of clear however I have always had better results spraying clear with my gun. It seems to lay flatter and more evenly.
    Step 16
    Let them dry for about 3 hours then re-install them.

    Here is the finished product, both mirrors and door handles

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  2. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    brutalguyracing

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    broken mods
    great write up
    thank you
     
  3. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    subbed. I may have to do this some day because my mirrors are scratched like crazy.
     
  4. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    2chains

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    this will come in handy! thanks for posting
     
  5. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    Looks great man! Why didn't you paint the mirror brackets as well???
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  6. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    Cool write up!
     
  7. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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    The brackets on the sport model aren't painted. I wanted it to look stock.
     
  8. Sep 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    Very informative, great write up!
     
  9. Sep 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    great write up dude,nice work
     
  10. Sep 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    what about manual mirror??? anything different or to watch out for???
     
  11. Sep 19, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    i thought you don't have to remove the door panel to remove the mirrors, must have misread another thread?
     
  12. Sep 20, 2010 at 1:59 AM
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    W-O-W... Great Write Up!!!
     
  13. Sep 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM
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    You won't be able to reach the bottom two 10mm nuts or unplug the harness...unless you have really tiny hands.
     
  14. Sep 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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    thank you much appreciated
     
  15. Sep 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM
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    Niice, looks great! I will definitely have to do this when I install the heater pads on the mirrors.
     
  18. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:23 PM
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    pics man^
     
  19. Sep 25, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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    anyone else did this tooo
     
  20. Sep 28, 2010 at 11:22 PM
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