Door Handle Cover
Is one of your vehicle's door handle starting to look a bit shabby? Or maybe you want to jazz up your car's exterior without splurging on an expensive upgrade. A good idea is to get your hands on stick-on door handle covers. If you want that extra shine, installing a chrome cover on each of your vehicle's door handles is a hassle-free and budget-friendly way to achieve just that. And because many aftermarket handle covers now come in drill-free kits, installing them is a breeze. Here's how:
- Microfiber cloth
- Alcohol or alcohol swipes
Step 1: Clean the door handle.
In order for the stick-on door handle cover to adhere properly, the handle's surface should be free from lint, dirt, grime, or any contaminant. So clean the handle's surface with a microfiber cloth dipped in alcohol. You can also use alcohol wipes to remove traces of dust and dirt.
Step 2: Apply the adhesive promoter onto the handle.
Once you've cleaned the surface, apply some of the adhesive promoter included in most stick-on cover kits. By applying an enough amount of promoter, the adhesive backing of the cover gets more tack. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions on how much adhesive promoter to use.
Step 3: Attach the new door handle cover.
Peel off the backing from the adhesive strip found on the back of the cover. Then place the cover in position, making sure that it snugly fits on top of the handle assembly. Press it in place and wipe the newly installed cover with a microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and any adhesive residue.
- Before you install the new door handle cover, test fit it first on top of the handle. This is to make sure that the part matches your vehicle's specs.
- It's best to apply any stick-on cover or trim on a warm day. This is because cold temperatures can affect the adhesive strip's tack and ability to adhere to a surface.
- After installing the covers, let them set in for a couple of days before getting them wet.
- If you don't have a microfiber cloth, use any cloth that won't leave lint or scratch the surface of the new cover.
- Be extra careful when attaching the cover. You'll have a hard time removing and reinstalling it if you make a mistake since it uses automotive-grade adhesive.
- Buff out small and shallow scratches as soon as you can to keep a chrome door handle cover looking new.
- To prevent scratches, apply a bit of metal polish on the covers. However, make sure that you use the right polish on the right material. Keep in mind that aluminum, chrome, and steel covers require different types of cleaning and polishing tools.
- If rusty patches start to appear on the cover's surface, take a look and see if you can still remove them. If not, just replace the door handle cover. These aftermarket accessories are widely available, very affordable, and easy to install.