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rear step handles help

i'm looking at getting a pair of the rear step assist handles as my XK didn't come with any from the factory, but i could sure use them. for those of you that have them, i have a question: what is that chrome piece in the handle? does that come off? is it ugly underneath? is it purely for looks or does that piece actually have a purpose? i have zero chrome on my truck and i kinda like it that way. if those chrome pieces are just sleeves that i can take off or paint over, that would be awesome, but if this isnt possible maybe i should look at an alternative? any help would be great, TIA
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I don't think taking them off is a good idea ,, but painting them black would be your best alternative .. some other guys have painted them to match the body color.
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I don't think taking them off is a good idea ,, but painting them black would be your best alternative .. some other guys have painted them to match the body color.
I totally agree with Ahmed..................

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nice job painting those red handles, looks really good IMO.
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I always wondered the same. So the chrome cannot be removed?
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I always wondered the same. So the chrome cannot be removed?
I just looked at mine. It appears they are just snapped on, but if they were removed, there would be an indentation in the handle. I don't know what it looks like underneath them, but I'm not going to ruin one taking it off!
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nice job painting those red handles, looks really good IMO.
Thank you, just tried something different and I like the outcome.
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I totally agree with Ahmed..................

this looks so nice! my jeep is silver and i think the black and silver contrast would look nice as well, though maybe not as nice as your red and black, but still better than chrome IMO. did you take the chrome pieces off to have them painted or leave them in place and tape up the black plastic? also, what did you paint them with, is that automotive paint or something else?
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You can check out my "garage" as I did a quick step by step.

I taped the black off and then used sand paper, etching primer, sandable primer, duplicolor touch-up paint, and duplicolor clear. This the cliffnotes version, lol.

Thanks for the compliments.

PS: I can give you a step-by-step in a pm if you would like. Just let me know. Caleb
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I'll make it easy for you............

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O.K. so i finally got my handles installed. I'm going the no chrome route so, i went ahead and color match my handles and I personally think they look great. I did all the work myself and here is a quick over view.

Chrome handles before paint....



Materials for the job.........



After masking and sanding I etched primed.....



After 3 good coats of etch, I used build up primer....



After 3 good coats of that primer I sanded till I got the smoothest to the touch and sprayed the color/clear...

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Here are my install pics and final "look" I was going for....


I had to use my own nutserts as the ones that came with the kit suck and stripped out...



Here are side by side pics of the nutserts...supplied in the kit on top and the ones I used on the bottom.... I used alluminum nutserts with stainless screws....



20 minutes later bada bing bada boom......






That's it for now......So, what do you guys/gals think?........I think they are baddass!
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