Removing lock holes from your doorhandles


Once the locks are dry, it's time for the more boring part: the finishing. Here you'll need the poly-filler. The first part is simple: mix a small amount of plaster, and apply this to the holes. Don't push too hard on your tools, as you will push a shallow bump into the filler. Don't apply too much filller, because it'll cost you your arms sanding it down again. Then let it dry.

When the filler has dried, sand it down. Start off with some grain 60 or 80, but do the end with grain 120. Sand it until the plaster seems to run nice and flat with the rest of the handle.
If everything went well, it should look a bit like this:
sanded work

When it looks nice and flat, sand it a little bit with a little wooden block and somewhat finer sandpaper. Use the block to keep the sandpaper flat. When done, apply a layer of spray filler.
I recommend to force your doorhandles in such a position, that you can paint everything you can see. I did it on mine with some welding wire.

Very likely you will see some irregularities when the filler dries. No worry, that's why we applied the spray filler. Sand it, with a block as an aid to keep it flat, down with grain 120 or so, and apply another layer of spray filler. Of course, you'll have to clean and degrease each time before you paint it.
Keep repeating this until the result is nice and flat.

Is the doorhandle finally nice flat and without bumps? Great, time to put the laquer on. Do this carefully, as you can start all over again when the paint starts running down.

You can put a layer of transparent laquer on, if you like or if you don't trust the laquer. Else, mount the handle back into the car. Install the remote-controlled locks, test it, and done!

For those who have been wondering what those three little holes in the doorhandles are, I will place LED's in those holes that will start burning for a short while when I de-lock my car. Nice, at night.

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