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Old 12-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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Painting Door Handle Covers

Had someone pop the door handle covers off my car on the driver's side. Looks pretty ugly, but had a hard time finding a replacement part and my shop told me I'd need to replace the whole door mechanism.

Finally was pointed to P/N's 51218241405 & 51218241401 from GetBMWParts and have ordered both. These are primed, but not painted.

Is my best bet to order a kit from Paintscratch.com? Looks to make the most sense, though the kits there end up being fairly costly.

Also, I'm not quite clear how I will attach these yet. The originals were broken off so there is still plastic remaining. Maybe I'll have to glue them on?

Anyone have any experience replacing these?
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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Check http://www.bimmian.com/Painted-Keyho...W-E46-3-Series
The cover on my driver's door broke off, but I was able to reattach with silicone. So far, so good!
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:00 PM   #3
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I'm a little hesitant to do the keyhole cover as only one of my remote keys still works (other one won't charge or is just broken somehow). Guess I'll look into a Paintscratch kit to get my replacement door lock covers painted steel blue.
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