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Hillmandj's guide to repairing interior door handles (Pics)

Discussion in 'Mk3 Ibiza FAQ's (6K2) 2000-2002' started by hillmandj, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. hillmandj

    hillmandj Guest

    I decided to redo my interior door handles as they were looking really shabby as you can see from the picture.
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    First remove the top part by inserting a screwdriver behind the plastic trim and carefully twisting/ levering until the clips pop out (if you move the screwdriver around the plastic trim you can feel where they are- this way you wont snap any!!)
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    once clips are all pooped out you can get your fingers behind and wiggle/ slide out, also you need to have the door handle pulled out to remove the top one.
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    Now do exactly the same on the bottom part of the trim, be a little more careful, as this one is a little harder to remove without snapping the clips, (if you happen to brake one it shouldn't really matter to much so long as you don't brake too many!!)
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    Now, removing the electric switches, This is really simple, just insert a small flat screwdriver down one side and sort of move outwards until you feel the switch click out of place, then just pull out.
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    Now its time to remove all of the horrible rubber coating, i removed mine by using fairlly rough sandpaper, its quite an annoying long job. Once all of this is removed you need to keep sanding until the plastic is smooth and there is no rubber and no scratch's in the plastic. (I spent about 2 hours sanding, the more effort you put in here, the better the finished job will look- so dont rush) Finishing with some wet/ dry.
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    Once completlly sanded down, give a quick wash with warm water and dry off with clean cloth, now ready for paint. You can undercoat if you like, i never bothered with undercoat, i just put a nice few coats of paint direct( i used Matt black)

    The painted product!
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    Now ready to put back in, firstly insert the switches, these just simply push back in.
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    Then push the bottom part back in first, if you just line the plastic trim into position, then press down to push in all the clips, you can feel when they are all in.
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    The finished project. I personally think these look so much better now, i wasnt sure about the been black but now ive done them i love them.

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    A really simple job, that makes so much different, the more time you spend sanding and painting the better the finish will be, just experiment if the paint only lasts a couple of month's then there's no harm in trying again, Try different paints or undercoats!

    All you need:
    Screwdriver (Flat)
    Smaller screwdriver (Flat)
    Sandpaper(Various inc wet/dry)
    Undercoat (Optional)
    Sparypaint (try differant ones) i just used ordinary one!!


    Hope this help to people with same problems!
     
  2. kyle'87

    kyle'87 Modding Disease

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    Top work mate!
     
  3. markmeus

    markmeus Mark Graham

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    Nice guide, really makes the interior look a lot less shabby
     
  4. kyle'87

    kyle'87 Modding Disease

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    Think ill do this when I change my window switches to white
     
  5. hillmandj

    hillmandj Guest

    thanks guys.....

    You doing some colour coding or just your window switches?
     
  6. danielc16

    danielc16 cupra R dan

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    looks good need to do mine when i get time
     
  7. turbo009

    turbo009 Red Lightning

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    Nice work,looks good! Need to do mine too when get time
     
  8. sparkie1984

    sparkie1984 sparky

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    ive not long done mine but i cheated and bought new ones from seat lol

    top job dude very nice :)
     
  9. Dan1.6

    Dan1.6 1.6 Power FTW!!!!!!!!

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    very very nice guide mate
     
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    Good guide mate, may do mine, which paint did you use? The finish looks great.
     
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    Good guide!

    I bought new handles / handle inners from the dealership, but they turned up scratched a bit (even though they were sealed new and everything!) - waited so long for them I couldn't be bothered to take them back!

    Literally, I think you only have to look at those handles and they scratch - good job yours will last MUCH longer than the ones that come stock.

    (You should get people to send their handles etc to you, do the same job you done on yours - I know i'd pay!)
     
  12. sirjimalot

    sirjimalot JIM-MAN

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    TIP: Use thinners to remove all the rubbery coating, literally takes minutes. then prep for paint,but dont use to much cause it makes the plastic soft!
     
  13. kyle'87

    kyle'87 Modding Disease

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    Just the window switches LED mate, Im working on a tutorial to do most of the interior led changes
     
  14. hillmandj

    hillmandj Guest

    Ahhh, this will be good, ill keep an eye out for this, i bet it will look well nice after there all done.
     
  15. Razor

    Razor Inked Up Nation

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    As previously said, any particular spray to use for paint ?
     
  16. Razor

    Razor Inked Up Nation

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    Had a go at this today.
    Turned out ok quality wise, however I accidentially cracked my drivers side plastic

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    DooooHH !!


    Will try get a few pics up later
     
  17. hillmandj

    hillmandj Guest

    ahhh quality mate... glad it turned out out... makes so much difference dont ya think??? unlucky about cracking the plastic.... yeah make sure you get the pics up.... :)
     
  18. Martyn1989

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    Cheers for the guide, I think I'll give this a go tomorrow.

    I'll post some pictures up in a few days if all goes well.
     
  19. Martyn1989

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    Pictures as promised...

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    I'm quite pleased with the outcome to be honest :)
     
  20. n15mgd

    n15mgd Guest

    have got to do this myself
     

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