Guys and girls be very careful when removing the old door pulls from your doors.
I just picked up my car from the paint shop yesterday as a result from removing the door pulls.
They are glued on with some super strong stuff.
I carefully used a razor to cut thru the glue while pulling the door pull up.
Toughest part is to get started in one corner.
I apparently pulled a little too hard and ripped part of the paint including some glass fiber out of my door.
The GF basically just delaminated and the top layer came off.
So take your time.
Also, when using a razor blade be careful not to cut your weather-stripping. It might be a good idea to tape it off to give it some protection.
To pull the door pull, the following is the correct way:
1. Use razor blade to cut at the inner curved area,
2, Cut it through, then you will have the outer ring on the door only,
3. Then slowly nip away the outer ring.
This will make sure the paint is ok.
That sounds like the right way to do it
But I wanted to keep the original plastic door pulls intact so I can first check fitment of the new ones.
It would also suck if you cut the original ones just to find out that the replacements don't fit (which was NOT the case)
Install tip for the new:No, don't. The black glue is like rubber.Originally Posted by JinsokuBee
Would it help at all to use a heat gun to soften the glue?
It only have a very narrow stripe around the inner ring. You can put some body shop tape around the pull and insert a very thin plastic sheet or metal sheet then insert the blade between them and work your way in.
This was the method I was thinking about. I don't want to hack up my stock pieces if possible and I definitely want to weigh them to see the delta-poke-What about running fishing line under the lip of the door pulls working it though the industrial strength rubber adhesive? Has anyone tried this method? This way there would be no chance of cutting through the paint with a razor or x-acto blade.
Cut them off: Edmond in HK has been doing this since S1. This is what he told me and what I saw.Tried the fishing line last night - couldn't get an edge to slide it underneath... it is VERY rubbery. Will have to cut through and follow HKFEVER's suggested method. No biggie!
probably any heat will help. i used a metal bondo spreader and slid it in between the pull and the door while heatingWhen you used the heat gun, did they just pop out or still needed to use a blade? Did you protect the paint from the heat or not too hot for it (I have no heat gun but maybe hairdryer will give a little bit of aid)?
See, you copied my advise for the guys and girls in your first post and then still made that same mistake I made and ripped off your paintMy tip = GOOD LUCK lol
I used a heat gun on my doorpull earlier and a plastic piece to pry up the pull and a razor to cut that silicone stuff trying to keep the door pull intact. That stuff is so strong it pulled the paint off my door. That goodness the spots it pulled up will be covered by the cf pieces (barely) I only did the drivers side and it took about 45 min to get it off with a neighbor assisting me by pulling up on the pull while i cut away at the silicone with a razor. It was so stong i muscled up a good bit of it toward the end then all of a sudden the door pull RIPPED. The silicone was stronger than the door pull...So needless to say the passenger doorpull will be getting cut up from the start to make things easier.