Sunday, November 2, 2008

Refinished the driver's side door latch

After my success refinishing the passenger side door latch I decided to tackle the driver’s side latch so both would have the same level of finish. It did not go as smoothly as the passenger side. My first coat of paint was not smooth enough so I sanded it down and started again. My second coat was good but a bit of lint got stuck in the paint and I picked at it only making matters worse. Sanded that coat down and painted it for a third time. Again, a bit of lint affixed itself to the paint. I resisted picking, sanded this coat down and finally my fourth try resulted in a nice smooth finish.

It is a bit of a pain to get the bold that holds the door latch to the opening mechanism inserted when the latch is in place. I fumbled around trying to get the bolt in place for about ten minutes before having a eureka moment. Put the bolt in the latch then put the latch in place and tighten the bolt.

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