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Scalding hot door handles

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by John E., Jun 11, 2016.

  1. John E.

    John E. Member

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    Now that summer has arrived in south Florida, I am having painful experiences with the door handles. Anybody have a good solution other than parking indoors?
     
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    Be a gentleman, and carry a cloth handkerchief. Use that to protect your hands with the doors. And I agree, they get very hot in the summer.
     
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    I you usually commute alone, as I do, park with the driver's door on the shaded (north) side of the car.
     
  4. Sm4llz

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    I had mine wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl. No more heat.

    I've seen a clear vinyl wrap in case you don't want to change the color. Not sure of that would help with the heat the same way though
     
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    I keep a small towel in the trunk. If the door handle is on the sun side, I open the trunk, get the towel, and open the door using the towel. It works, and the AZ sun is not something to fool with.
     
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    Wrap it. See RPMTesla.com
    I just added a bunch of great aftermarket items and the CF looks fantastic.
    IT really too dark for good exterior shots, but the CF on console looks super.
     

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    I just put a couple layers of duct tape on the back side. Doesn't show.
     
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    Gaffers tape on mine. Works like a charm. No issues with weather and if done right they don't show. They come off clean too.
     
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    here in FLA, and I suspect in many other hot locales, the wiser people know that a good parking spot is not a close parking spot, it is a spot with some kind of shade. that said this is an unintended consequence of the "bright" handles. wrapping them is a solution.
     
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  11. John E.

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    Thanks to everyone for their responses. I will check out the carbon fiber and other ideas.
     

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