OK, it looks like I have the Early 2007 door handles according the dates listed on the carfax. So, I found a good price on a replacement on RockAuto. I believe it is going to be one of those "Paintable" versions that will likely come black and ready to be painted.
Question: Do I have to paint it, or can I just leave it black. If I do decide to paint it, will I need to throw a coat or two of primer on it first or not or do they typically come "pre-primed"?
Also, still looking for any additional advice on the replacement procedure? I am confident I can get the interior door panel off without issue, but is there any tricks or "gotcha's" that I should look out for when I go to do the replacement?