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Old 01-28-19, 10:03 AM
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Hey guys,

So my door handles were starting to look a little worn, and since I was planning to powdercoat my wheels, I had the guy shoot the handles at the same time. I guess you guys know where this is going now, so the door handles pretty much deformed and are no longer usable.





The handles seemed to be metal from the weight and strength (I'm not sure if they are OEM). The little latch is aftermarket and it didn't get damaged at all.

Does anyone know what material the OEM door handles are made of? Any recommendation on where to find some new ones?

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They are likely pot metal. You are in luck, I have two sets of used, but great condition door handles removed from low mileage cars. Shoot me a PM.
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Yep it's just pot metal, probably has a pretty low melting point.

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Yeah seems like it. Apparently the guy only went as high as 400C and it was enough to deform the handles.
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Yeah seems like it. Apparently the guy only went as high as 400C and it was enough to deform the handles.
That's like...double what most powder coating I've seen cure at.
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I've had two sets powdercoated with no issues whatsoever. Don't know what your guy did. Maybe have him replace em since (I'm fairly certain dguy is correct) he way overcooked them
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I have my own powder coating equipment including a powder coating oven and have powder coated many items. All of the powders I have use typically call for baking between 450-500 degrees F. 400 degrees C is way too much. Most of the powders will break down at this high of temp, just like yours did. The coater needs to replace your handles for you.
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