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Old 06-13-2013, 12:59 PM
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Door handle melting, how to fix/replace?

Any help is appreciated, my driver's side door handle is melting, at first I thought there was some "tar/goo" on there, but no it's actually melting as I bought some goo-b-gone and it kept scrapping away.

I really don't care about replacing it unless I can replace just the interior plastic part, but I would like to stop touching the tar as it messed up my oyster interior, spots will go everywhere.

Is there some type of spray that would "seal" it? I can tape up the surroundings and spray paint it or something?

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:28 PM
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You get the award for worst picture/description ever.

Let me try to decipher this. It looks like the door pull on the interior of the car connected to the wood trim, and you are complaining that the rubberized paint on the back is coming off. Correct? The door handle is typical what you use to OPEN a door.. As far as sealing that paint, don't know of a way to do it without affecting the look/feel of it and it may not even solve it. If under warranty I'm sure the dealer would replace it.

BTW, goo-b gone will definitely wear away the paint and make the situation even worse. Best thing would be to use a vinyl/plastic cleaner and protectant. 303 works well for protection.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:15 PM
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I have a similar issue, but i decided to live with it. Doesn't seem to be a very simple fix. Plus, fixing something so small usually ends up inviting bigger issues... Still wondering if there is a way to conceal the bleeding to keep my hands clean. Since its not visible to the outside world I'll live with it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:42 AM
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Please try to re-post smaller pics. It's very hard to see the "damage" with the HUGE pictures you attached.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:01 PM
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I'm very familiar with the situation. Mine did that too. It was replaced under warranty. BTW, the whole interior door cover has to be replaced. The inner rubber-like piece that 'melts' is not a separate part.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:05 AM
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ok resized! I don't think my extended warranty covers it, I somehow managed NOT to report it under warranty, din't think they would honor "physical damage" issues. And as mentioned before I don't care too much, except that it's sticky. I am thinking of spray painting it or something just to "seal" it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:23 AM
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ok resized! I don't think my extended warranty covers it, I somehow managed NOT to report it under warranty, din't think they would honor "physical damage" issues. And as mentioned before I don't care too much, except that it's sticky. I am thinking of spray painting it or something just to "seal" it.
You could just see how much it is to buy a new piece? Although after looking at it this morning, I think you will have to remove the door panel.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:59 PM
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Christ my car has the same issue. And here I thought I was the only one.

Its only on the driver's side too. FWIW I have a 2009 model.
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was it ever any solution to this ?
mine is starting to show signs and i'm now at 25k
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:53 PM
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was it ever any solution to this ?
mine is starting to show signs and i'm now at 25k
I just guessing but unless those others (and you) wash your hands in acetone, then body oils are taking their hit on the rubberized materials. There are materials that can stop the deterioration process, but you need you know what the door material is made up. I would guess it is some kind of poly-fluorocarbon that resembles rubber.
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sorry to hear, i have yet to experience this, do you park indoors?
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:51 AM
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Any help is appreciated, my driver's side door handle is melting, at first I thought there was some "tar/goo" on there, but no it's actually melting as I bought some goo-b-gone and it kept scrapping away.

I really don't care about replacing it unless I can replace just the interior plastic part, but I would like to stop touching the tar as it messed up my oyster interior, spots will go everywhere.

Is there some type of spray that would "seal" it? I can tape up the surroundings and spray paint it or something?

i think the best solution would be to take it to a car wrapping shop and have the dismantle it, clean it with white spirit and wrap it in vinyl of your choice.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:11 AM
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You could spray it with black plastidip. Might not be super smooth unless you get all the old stuff off but it will cover/seal and prevent further melting. BMW soft touch finish is total ****!
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:43 PM
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Mine is also starting to do the same. azstar plan is what i was planning on doing when worse. make sure the panel masked very well. but spraying is difficult. hard to get a smooth coat all around the handle. option #2 is to wipe the BMW soft coat off. this would also have to have the panel masked off very well. Goof-off is good on terry towel and just wipe. the finish would just be a black trim color. but on the area you have handled more it would have a glossier spot. to get even use polish with terry towel and rub like if shinning shoes. i did this to my brothers and looks good. no more worries. for my car i will probably do the Plasti-Dip way. First i will email my service advisor at dealer hopefully she would fine way to replace under warranty. will keep you posted
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:54 AM
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I did plasti-dip, i didn't take it apart, but plasti-dip comes off after a while.
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Still looking for a solution, my passenger side door handle melting and it's annoying
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looks like you have to buy a whole panel and can't buy just that part.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:47 AM
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looks like you have to buy a whole panel and can't buy just that part.
There has to be a recall on that handle since many folks are experiencing the same issue
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:38 AM
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hello .. 760li 2009 - same issue here - driver side ;/
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Old 03-27-2016, 06:06 PM
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hmm, I am having the same issue... super annoying. I have looked for he part and no luck. I really want this fixed
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:40 PM
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I AM SO UPSET.

Any / all help with the following would be greatly appreciated.

Just got my car back from the dealer and noticed the damage to the rubber backing of the driver's door interior door grab in the photo attached.

With how OCD I am, I am so upset, as I'm going to make contact with this damage every time I get into my car now.

Anyone know what parts would fix same? I hope the wood need not be replaced, as same would be cost prohibitive. I asked my dealer's parts department, but they were having difficulty and said they'd need to get back to me.

And for those wondering if the dealer is going to cover same, I chickened out and left without complaining to my service advisor.

PISSED.
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BMW should to do something about this.
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Another $100,000 car with a ridiculous problem that shouldn't exist.
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Hi
I will post the picture within a day with the one of the positive solution instead of solution says BMW replace whole panel!!! .. it was done by made the black leather overlay.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:48 AM
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I will post the picture within a day with the one of the positive solution instead of solution says BMW replace whole panel!!! .. it was done by made the black leather overlay.
Sounds good; keep us posted!

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