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Old 02-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #15
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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.

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Old 10-29-2015, 10:29 AM   #16
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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.

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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.
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:54 PM   #17
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Tape off skin. 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper works fine. You want real shinny? Go back over with 2000, or even 3000. Re-clear coat with your choice. I recommend Nyalic. It applies perfectly with a small flat artist brush.
These both done with 1000 paper and Nyalic 3 years ago.


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Old 11-04-2015, 08:00 AM   #18
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I cheated and used Thomas's Stainless Steel paint on the door handle and hinges on our door handle and hinges that showed quite a bit of corrosion. I did sand off the corrosion first tog get a smooth surface and the end result looked quite good - to me anyway, not to a purist I imagine!

Thomas Liquid Stainless Steel - FAQ

I did this a few years ago and it seems to be holding up.

This paint is marketed many to give older appliances a stainless look, but the specs say it is ok for outdoor use - the kit comes with the stains paint and a clear top coat if I recall.

I also used it on the frames for the battery box doors.


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