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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Chrome Peeling Off Interior Door Handle

Chrome is peeling off interior door handle, both sides. I want to pull door panels off, remove handles, pull off the chrome piece and removed the chrome and paint it. Question, has anyone pulled the chrome handle out of the assembly? Last time I had the door panel off it seemed like it was all molded together. i don't want to pull the door panels if that chrome piece isn't coming off. its that the case, I'll just order new handles.
Anyone have part number? I found on ebay for $24 each...like to get them cheaper!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 09:20 AM
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It might be worthwhile to check out gmpartsdirect.com. I would have checked to see if handles were available for you, but didn't see a model year for your vehicle.

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Replacement handles are super easy to swap. $110 from the dealer or $5 from a scrap yard.

You can also try to disassemble the handle and peel off all the chrome sticker.

Its a VERY common problem and seeing as how I've been cut a number of times on it (and my wife had too), it should be a recall....or at least free replacement. I had an estimate to replace both of mine and that was going to be about $350. I did both in about 15 minutes and cost me $10.
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Replacement handles are super easy to swap. $5 from a scrap yard. You can also try to disassemble the handle and peel off all the chrome sticker. I did both in about 15 minutes and cost me $10.
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Replacement handles are super easy to swap. $110 from the dealer or $5 from a scrap yard.

You can also try to disassemble the handle and peel off all the chrome sticker.

Its a VERY common problem and seeing as how I've been cut a number of times on it (and my wife had too), it should be a recall....or at least free replacement. I had an estimate to replace both of mine and that was going to be about $350. I did both in about 15 minutes and cost me $10.
You replaced in 15 minutes? Did you pull the door panels off?
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yes. its really simple to do. 3 screws then pull. the handle has a clip by the cable and then push it through from the back.
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I replaced my exterior door handle, somewhat similar procedure, and it was def worth doing myself. Theres no way Id pay that kind of money for this sort of thing.

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I replaced one of mine after it started peeling. Bought a new handle for under $30. It's a pretty easy swap, but they don't really fit back in quite as nice as before they came out.

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ok, so i've pulled the door panels before to install speakers and dynomat the doors. I was thinking maybe i could just pull off the chrome handles somehow and paint them rather than replacing the whole piece. No worries, it's $45 and i'll have new ones that are chrome. thanks for the feedback!!
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