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Old 03-09-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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ST170 (*-ish) door handles

I know there have been a few threads asking about this question; will the silver ST170 interior door handles fit the US Spec Focus?

No, they will not. At least not without swapping your entire door card or doing some custom fiberglass work on the handle bezel. And seeing as how I'm cheap and can't really ship all the necessary elements from Europe...

I took the first really warm nice day and shopped my own silver handles. Taped, sanded, primered, 2 coats of silver flake (a damn-near perfect match to the SVT silver HVAC surround) and 3 coats of krylon matte clear coat (to make sure it STAYS)

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trying to get a nice comparison shot of the silver bits. So close you can't tell its not a stock color!


I know some folks (Casey included) had wanted to see what the painted handles would look like. Well, there you go!


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looks pretty slick!
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I like it :)
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I think it looks awesome. How long did it take you?
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I think it looks awesome. How long did it take you?
Started early afternoon on Sat, installed them around lunch on Sunday. So, including prepping/ drying time ~10 hours. I took my time and spent a good 40 minutes masking off all the little bits of the handle I didn't want to get any paint. It's not that hard to do, but also easy to mess up, especially if you get the paint on their too heavy and it runs. 15 years of building model cars helped me out big time here
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looks good but how did you spray the back of the handle?
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looks good but how did you spray the back of the handle?
The handle sticks out from its backing enough. So if you hold the handle assembly sideways (looking down at the top of it) there is nothing blocking a clean shot of the back. Just took some creative spray aiming and control to coat it properly.
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The handle sticks out from its backing enough. So if you hold the handle assembly sideways (looking down at the top of it) there is nothing blocking a clean shot of the back. Just took some creative spray aiming and control to coat it properly.
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Looks really clean. Like it alot.
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Looks good, I was thinking about doing it some color.... but I didn't know what to think about what it would look like if I did paint em...
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