GMC Tailgate Handle Cover
Troubleshooting Common Issues With The GMC Tailgate Handle Cover
The tailgate door handle cover not usually one of the parts GMC owners have problems with, but this does not mean that they are invulnerable. Whether they are made of plastic or metal, tailgate door handle covers are also prone to wear and damage, especially if they are constantly exposed to the elements. The following are just some of the common problems involving GMC tailgate door handle covers and how to troubleshoot them.
Whether it's an errant key or a misjudged parking attempt, scratches are one of if not the most common problem involving tailgate handle covers. Restoring scratched handle covers is possible, but it depends on the severity of the damage. First, use your fingernail to run over the scratch to gauge the extent of the damage. If the scratch is deep or has compromised the integrity of the tailgate handle cover, it might be better to have it replaced instead. On the other hand, if the scratch is superficial, it is still quite possible to get it repaired. Sanding, claying, and polishing typically solves minor to moderate scratches on GMC tailgate handle covers, although we also recommend adding a layer of glaze afterwards to protect the cover from further scratches and damage in the future.
For steel tailgate door handle covers, rust is another problem that can make the door handle assembly look ugly and compromise its structural integrity. If the handle cover in your GMC is starting to rust, inspect the corroded area to determine the extent of the damage. If the corrosion is minimal, it can still be treated by sanding and polishing the tailgate handle cover's surface, but if the decay is deep (to the point that the material gives significantly when you push against it), it may be better to have it replaced instead.
Plastic tailgate handle covers with chrome finishes will eventually peel off over time, but in most cases these can be repaired by recoating it with a fresh chrome spray paint. If the peeling covers only the tailgate handle cover, you can remove the tailgate handle to make recoating easier. Also, check if the surface of the tailgate handle cover has grease, paint residue, and dirt, and clean the cover if necessary. We recommend using chrome paints that are designed for use on plastic and fiberglass, and wear mask, goggle, and gloves when conducting the recoat.