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Old 04-10-14, 11:39 AM   #1
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Question Has anyone painted their door handles body color?

Hi everyone,

Just curious if anyone has done this mod? I'm not used to chrome handles and I just realized this is a pretty big difference to other Lexus models. Funny but I was looking at it today and it really seems to show those door handle scratches with its reflection.

Any pics would be cool. Thank you.
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Old 04-10-14, 05:19 PM   #2
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I like the chrome handles. My IS350 had body painted handles, so the LS was a nice change.
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Old 04-10-14, 06:20 PM   #3
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I've been thinking about that since I bought mine, but since my car is silver and my rims are sorta matte gray, I didn't want to put more silver on so myself wouldn't mind playing around with a carbon fiber dark grey or black wrap, painting for me would take a lot of taping off, etc to make sure not to get overspray on the panels, etc, unless your sending it to a shop. I guess if you painted it though, upkeep would be very easy vs the wrap, I'm not sure?
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I've been thinking about that since I bought mine, but since my car is silver and my rims are sorta matte gray, I didn't want to put more silver on so myself wouldn't mind playing around with a carbon fiber dark grey or black wrap, painting for me would take a lot of taping off, etc to make sure not to get overspray on the panels, etc, unless your sending it to a shop. I guess if you painted it though, upkeep would be very easy vs the wrap, I'm not sure?
I wouldn't paint or wrap them on the car, you remove them.
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Old 04-10-14, 08:37 PM   #5
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I always had the chrome handles on the ES, and when I got the GS I thought about putting those chrome covers on them or something just because they looked strange to me...now that I'm used to it I prefer the body colored handles.

I'd give it some time to acclimate to it before you commit to painting them...
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Old 04-10-14, 08:55 PM   #6
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I don't mind the chrome, but would be nice to change it up for a month or so. My beemer and accord had matching color handles and I got used to them. Does anybody know if you did paint the handles, if there's a special type of paint that would have to be used on the chrome. What would be the prep to make the paint stick?
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Old 04-10-14, 09:00 PM   #7
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You would just have to make sure that you sanded the chrome down on the handles enough to make sure that the paint stuck. I'd let a body shop do it probably.

On the Jeep forum I post on people have body shops paint the chrome handles on their Grand Cherokees all the time. Costs them like $150 or so.
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Good to know. I think I'm done modding my LS for now though, I'm happy
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Old 04-11-14, 01:55 PM   #9
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I'd seen somewhere that somebody painted just the center strip of the handle to match the body color leaving the chrome still visible around the edge. . .

Having trouble pulling it up right now, but it definitely looked badass!!
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