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Old 01-02-2016, 06:52 AM   #1
KevinH1990
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Restoring Trunk Release Handles

I bought this unit from Woody (Itsnotanova). His very honest description was that it "looks worse in person." I'm using it in my memory seat project.



I sanded the plastic part and painted it with Krylon Fusion Satin Black. It has a bit more gloss than the OEM finish, but it is a pretty close match.



I'm now exploring options for restoring the handles. It may not show too well in this photo, but they have surface scratches and pitting.



I found this post on Rennlist in which a 996 owner painted the handles:

My weekend mod - release latches - Rennlist Discussion Forums

However, the handles appear to plated. I'm not sure if they are chrome or some other finish. There are a couple of shops in the area that offer chrome plating. I was wondering whether it would be worthwhile to explore plating the pieces. I would also like to know if there are other finishes since they don't appear to be highly polished chrome.
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