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Interior Door Pull Replacement

The interior door pull on my Elise was cracked so I decided to replace it. It was a real pain to get the old one out. It is bonded/glued to the door with some sort of black rubber glue; which is hard to get off.

Has anyone else replaced one of these and what type of glue did you use to put the new door pull on with.

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I replaced mine with GRP carbon fiber ones using

U-Pol Products 0727 Black TIGER SEAL Adhesive/Sealant - 310ml Cartridge




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@18ri - I used Loctite PL S30 to install my CF door pulls five years ago. It is a polyurethane sealant, black in color, used for roofing and flashing work. You should be able to find it at home improvement stores for about $5.

See this thread for some installation tips.

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Hi all, going to replace my door pulls and the old ones are removed. Thanks for all the tips. Was there a consensus on what adhesive to use. I am replacing with the stock pieces and am curious if there is a product that works best for the plastic, but not so strong that removal in another 14 years will not be as difficult. Most of the search results were for carbon fiber replacements. Thanks, Tommy

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I used black silicone (RTV) for when they crack again it wouldnt be so hard to remove and less of a chance to pull paint when replacing again in the future.

I lightly sanded the contact area on the plastic door pull for better bite.

So far approx 6 yrs in and the silicone is still holding up.
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I used black silicone (RTV) for when they crack again it wouldnt be so hard to remove and less of a chance to pull paint when replacing again in the future.

I lightly sanded the contact area on the plastic door pull for better bite.

So far approx 6 yrs in and the silicone is still holding up.
I did this as well with black RTV when I replaced mine with carbon fiber pulls. The stock ones where hell to pull off/clean and took me hours, ugh!

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Thanks guys! I think I will do the same. I would love the carbon ones but saving for Nitron's so stock it is at this time Tommy

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I used regular silicone on mine and haven't had any issues since the installation 6 or 7 years ago.

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Here are some details that were critical for me:

Carbon fiber pulls are trivial to get to stick using the adhesives listed in posts above.

When installing OEM pulls, the adhesives listed in the above posts WILL NOT WORK! I know because I tried them. Hint: You do not want to find out how hard it is to remove silicone sealer.

I emailed Lotus and they were kind enough to tell me what they used. It is a Dow product used to install auto glass. I forget the p/n but it is not available in the US.

After much research and discussion with Dow in the US, the closest available Dow product is Beta seal U-418 (I found it on Amazon) and it works! Plan ahead carefully, this stuff doesn’t come off, which you know from removing your old door pulls. BTW, you’ll also want a 23:1 ratio caulking gun. This stuff is much thicker than caulk.

Like I said, if you’re using carbon fiber pulls, anything goes, but almost nothing sticks to the plastic of the OEM pulls.


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Thanks all, yes it was a slow process getting the old ones off but actually left some of that original black adhesive on as it made a nice cradle for the new stock replacements. I used the black rtv adhesive sealant and came out great. Thanks again. Tommy
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Just wanted to reiterate that you should sand the door pulls if you use RTV. I just did this a few weeks ago to both door pulls in my car and used black RTV but didnt sand/scuff them up first. So far its working really well on the drivers side but the passengers side just popped off. I noticed the RTV didn't stick at all to the actual door pull like mentioned earlier in this thread. I pulled off the door pull, removed the RTV, which was MILES easier than the original adhesive and this time I sanded the inside of the door pull and put more RTV on than I did last time. I expect it will stay put for a long time to come now but will report back if thats not the case.
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Is this the same process as the door window rubber trim?
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I seem to only be able to find some studs without thread. Seems the door window rubber is pulled over these studs. With the glue holding it in place?
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Metal press fit window rubber. With small amounts of glue. And the plastic press retainer.
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