Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fixing the gooey door handle

I do not believe there is any one set of experiences which can be definitively called the Ferrari experience. While I think there are experiences and sensations which are universal or nearly universal for Ferrari owners I believe each owners experience is unique to that person. This is probably true with any activity or experience you can identify. For me the Ferrari ownership experience revolved around driving the car. Enjoying hearing the engine wind up, feeling the car carve through a turn, shifting, and braking. Nearly as enjoyable was the process of fixing little cosmetic items. I feel my willingness to get my hands dirty, to take the car apart and spend the time and effort to fix things made me a “good” Ferrari owner.

Last night I decided to see how hard it would be to restore an interior door handle. Ferrari decided it would be a good idea to cover the door handles with the same goo that coats much of the interior pieces. Why not? The stuff scratches easily, gets sticky, and retains fingerprints really well. Perfect for a door handle. I am always a bit cautious taking door latch mechanisms apart on cars. I took the door latch on my RX7 apart when I was a kid and it took forever for me to figure out how to put it back together. Luckily the door handle on the Ferrari is just a handle. Also luckily, the door handle part did not dissolve like the steering wheel column cover. The degooificaiton process of using acetone and a rag worked well and soon I was left with a nice plastic piece. I put three coats of paint on it and installed it after dinner.

I will do the other side this weekend and include some pictures.

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