Originally Posted by perryg114
Most handles are pot metal (aluminum-zinc alloy) which is one reason they corrode and are hard to polish and hard to keep polished. I had mine off the trailer and polished it with a buffing wheel and it looked pretty good till about a week later and it had spots on it and corrosion starting.
Yah. Just took my 1972 door handle off to "spruce it up." One corner was bent (not flush against the airstream) and when I gently tried to bend it back, it snapped right off (cheap pot metal). Someone had also slathered on POR15 (really bad job, drips, etc.), so I'm polishing it down to metal and then painting it.
I'd like to take the outside lever off for painting, but the two tiny pins that hold it to the hinge pin are pretty rusted and I dont want to chance not being able to get it back together, especially since they charge $350 for these things.