DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

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DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby shagymc » Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:48 pm

In this DIY, I'm going to cover how to restore your gas/hatch release lever. Nobody likes their levers looking like poop.

Things you'll need:
1) Performix Plasti Dip (This IS NOT the spray plastidip you're probably used to seeing, It's made by the same company though. I got this can at Lowes right next to the
plastidip. Make sure you check the cap for what color it is too.)
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2) Some type of stir stick, I used a screwdriver wrapped in painters tape
3) A pick tool of some sort of small thin object like a pick tool
4) A wire for hanging the part. I used 10 gauge. You'll want this to be stiff
5) Maybe some cardboard for catching drips of the plastic
6) Decals for the gas and hatch (I got mine from http://www.torparts.com for a good price and they are top quality)
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-Start by removing your levers, It is possible to do it without taking the seat out, however I recommend it just because it is way easier to do. There is a single 10mm bolt in the front and then you'll need to pop the cable holders out of the locks . Once those are off, you can slide the cables out of the levers. If you're worried you'll forget which is which, label them with a piece of tape. (I have no pictures of this since mine was already out but I can take them if you need them)

- Remove the old rubber. It should be cracked and nasty if it's even there. I used a blade to help get it off. Get as much off as possible. Once the rubber is off, give the part a good wipedown ensuring there is no residual rubber on the levers. (Again, no pictures)

- From here you'll want to hang the lever from a piece of wire. Make sure that it is held tight and won't drop the part. You can also break open the can of plastic dip and give it a good stir
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- Now you're ready to 'dip' the part. The can is wide enough that you don't need to pour it in something else. Just slowly lower the levers into the dip. you'll want to go in as far as possible without getting the coating on the mounting surface for the 10mm bolt. You don't need to hold it in the can or anything, it is just a down and up.
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- Next you'll need your pick tool. I noticed after I removed the levers that the dip (which is very thick) was connected on both levers so I ran my pick in between the thin area between the levers so that the rubber was separate for each one. It will drip a little bit too here. Take the time to pop any bubbles you see and shape the rubber how you want it to sit. any place it dripped I made sure was flat and realize you have plenty of work time here. I got a nasty bubble under the bigger hatch release lever but it was easy to pop and shape with the pick.
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- Allow 30 min between coats at least! Repeat the last step. I wouldn't do more than 2 coats if at all. Once finished let the part sit for 4-6 hours. Probably more for you guys in the northeast. I just let it hang over night.

- This is the product I woke up to the next morning and it all looked great.
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- All that's left is to apply the decals. Take your time so they don't look like ****. Finished product:
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Total cost on this was less than 30 bucks for the decals and dip but worth every penny. I hope this helps!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby ryun84 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:03 pm

Very nice writeup! Cost effective too! Will definitely save this DIY for future.

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby TORPARTS » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:23 pm

:)
great job!
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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby EvoSolley » Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:56 am

Awesome job man the final product looks great! Thanks for the write up, I'll be doing this soon for sure!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby mideng » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Torparts
Dummmmma approved!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby yellowsnow4free » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:00 pm

Wow, that looks awesome! :D

Just for reference, how many times did you dip your levers? Your results look great, so I wouldn't mind mimicking them :)

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby shagymc » Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:24 pm

2 times were these results!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby yellowsnow4free » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:25 am

shagymc wrote:2 times were these results!

Awesome! Now I know how many times to dip it for perfect results! :D

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby saiGone » Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:12 pm

This is dope! I was hopeing for a DIY on fixing hatch support struts for some reason. :(
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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby benjamingon » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:36 pm

wish there was a thumbs up button

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby Ukinnam_AE86 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:16 pm

Thanks for this!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby grappletech » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:08 am

I have a 2014 Corolla and the handles look exactly the same, I wonder if the cables are the same too?
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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby John H. » Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:32 pm

Props man! Awesome write up!!

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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby idreamofdrifting » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:59 pm

+1 Very Nice!
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Re: DIY: Bring back your Gas/Hatch release levers......

Postby zokustyle » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:00 pm

This is awesome. Definitely doing this to mine, the gas door latch needs attention anyway.

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