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  • Member since
    January, 2017
Door handles
Posted by Calmo2 on Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:56 PM

Hello;  Has anyone tried to glue the chrome door handles on before you paint the body with acrylic paints and the just use a wet pointed Q-Tip to remove the paint from the door handles. I find when you try to glue the door handles on after the body has been painted they don"t stick all that good, unless I am doing it all wrong!!! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:28 PM

There's a very good reason why most modern kits have seperate door handles.

For realism.

It sounds like you're making more trouble for yourself than it's worth.

As long as you're not planning on actually opening the doors with those handles, a drop of clear parts cement will do just fine.

If you're really anal about it, you could always drill a very small hole in the back of the door handle, glue in a small pin & then drill a hole in the correct position on the body, insert the pin, position the handle & glue from the inside of the body.

I use this "locater pin" method for parts like antennas & mirrors.



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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:10 PM

Hey there Calmo2.

I like Steve's idea but I'm too lazy for all that extra work Smile, Wink & Grin.

Kudos to you Steve for having that much patience

Me, I love my 2 part crystal clear epoxy for everything I glue on a finished, painted and polished build.

I use a Q-tip dipped into my 70% alcohol and just swipe the area where the gluing is to be done to remove any polish or wax.

Just another option.

Good luck, Dave

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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 31, 2017 1:34 AM

I use the pin method. In fact I pin everything that is attached to the body after paint. It's super secure and makes for a flawless appearing installation.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman


  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by Calmo2 on Friday, March 31, 2017 1:42 PM

Thanks Guys; I was thinking about the pin method when I asked the question but thought I might be the only guy the thought that way. I think I am going to try it on my next model. I will let you guys know how it turns out. It might be awhile as I have just started to build my 1970 GTO Judge like the one I used to own way back when!!! Thanks again guys.


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