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Feb 26 2004, 1:54 PM
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Jas
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Location: Staffordshire
Car: Ford Fiesta Mk5
Many Thanks To DJ Josh for this Guide.

Josh's guide to smoothing and painting the boot handle...

Only do this if you are experienced with filler, spraying etc. Also, its not recommended to do this unless your car has a boot release switch or you have fitted a solenoid.

1 - Remove the plastic panel from inside your boot by unscrewing the screw and pulling out the clips. Unbolt the boot handle itself (there are four small bolts to undo). The handle should now just pull off.

2 - Gently prise out the Ford badge, being careful not to damage the plastic of the boot handle (and the badge itself, if you are planning not to fill the badge recess and put it back on after spraying).

3 - Take a 2pence coin and glue (i used araldite) it over where the lock barrel would normally be. This stops the filler running down onto the unside of the handle, and prevents it from not sitting flush when re-fitting.

4 - Take a sharp(ish) knife and scratch around inside the recess where the Ford badge used to be. Also scratch around the lock recess area. Do this until the surface is nice n ruff, which helps to give the filler something to bond to.

5 - Now its time for some filler (my guide is based upon filling and smoothing the WHOLE handle itself. Some of u may only want to smooth off the lock itself, for example). I used filler type P38. Mix it up according to the instructions on the tin, and carefully fill the holes on the front of the handle. I covered 90% of the front of the handle in filler, so as when the filler shrinks after drying, it doesnt leave a gap between filler and handle. Dont worry about it looking neat and tidy right now, it can all be sanded off.

6 - Once the filler has hardened (shouldnt take anymore than 15 mins or so), you need to sand the handle down. I used an electric sander for this. Just keep sanding until your happy that the handle looks the right shape.

7 - In order to get a nice smooth finish, the handle needs to be rubbed down with some wet sandpaper. Fill a bucket with a little water and washing up liquid (this removes any grease) and dip your sandpaper in the water (i used sandpaper grade 400). Gently rub down the handle until there are no ruff patches left, you need the whole thing as smooth as possible. Make sure you rub down the edges too, or the paint may flake off. Once rubbed down, give the handle a wash, and leave to dry thoroughly.

8 - For these final steps, you will need a can of plastic primer (a few quid from your local Halfords) and some spray paint in the same colour as your car (obviously!!). Basically, its upto you how many coats of primer you give it, just keep goin until your happy its smooth and you cant see the filler through it. Rub down (using the same procedure as above, but even more gently) between each coat, and remember to leave it to dry between coats, for around 15 minutes or so.

9 - Right, once your happy wit the primer coats, its ready for final spraying. Give it a few coats of paint until your happy with the finish. If your paint is metallic, you will also need to add a coat or two of lacquer (can also be bought from Halfords).

10 - Job done, one smooth boot handle. Re-bolt it to your car, in the reverse of step 1, and admire your work (hopefully!!)

Heres my finished article...



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Jan 25 2005, 8:41 PM
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phatfeszs
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nice one mate that looks cool,im going to get the whole lock and handle removed and smoothed over just keeping the wiper soon at my local bodyshop.

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Jan 25 2005, 9:36 PM
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Millz
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Car: Ford Fiesta 1.25i
i went the full way and got everything removed, wiper aswell.. kinda miss it at times when ya cant see out ya rear window lol


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Jan 22 2006, 10:50 PM
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stas fiesta
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how much doed it cost & if i removed the wiper would it pass an mot????
fiesta=pure fun
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Jan 22 2006, 10:50 PM
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stas fiesta
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how much doed it cost & if i removed the wiper would it pass an mot????
fiesta=pure fun
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Mar 28 2006, 7:24 PM
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dont think ya need it for an mot! some older cars dont have it and saloons dont have one! could be wrong tho! imo
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