How do you fix peeling car door handles?

I’ve owned the same car for nearly 15 years, and overall it’s still in incredible condition. However, the paint on my car door handles has started peeling. What’s the best way to fix peeling car door handles?

Jack Walsh · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Wow, owning the same car for nearly 15 years is impressive, and it sounds like you must take great care of the vehicle! Luckily, fixing peeling car door handles is simple, and your car will be looking fresh again soon.
To fix peeling car door handles, you’ll need:
  • Car paint-safe degreaser
  • Dish detergent
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Clearcoat
Once you have your supplies, you should:
  1. Clean the door handles with a car-paint-safe de-greaser and sponge.
  2. Wet the handles and rub the surface by hand to remove loose paint.
  3. Smooth the surface using 80-grit sandpaper.
  4. Clean the handle using dish detergent and water to remove any dirt and debris.
  5. Carefully tape off the surface surrounding the door.
  6. Apply two coats of primer and let dry.
  7. Apply multiple coats of paint and let dry.
  8. Apply a clear coat to protect the paint and remove the tape.
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