The Tesla Model S retractable door handles are one of the car's signature features. Now you can make your door handles even more distinctive by adding a simple real carbon fiber appliqué to cover the chrome front surface of each of your Model S door handles. Designed exclusively for Model S, these door handle appliqués are custom-designed to the distinctive shape of the door handle, adhere easily, and do not in any way impede the operation of the handle. The door handle appliqués are available in real carbon fiber in both gloss and matte finish and come in a set of four for both your front and rear doors.
Carbon Fiber is a strong, lightweight, high tech material that can be used to accent the exterior of your Model S. Our carbon fiber door handle appliqués are a great way accent your exterior with a performance look. Please note: this video (see below) features a number of our Carbon Fiber appliqués including those for the door handles.
"Just applied my exterior carbon fiber appliqués and want to say thanks. You did a great job with the fit and manufacturing. Really good work that professionally enhances the car. Was really impressed with the nose cone logo piece that fit so well and clean. Stoked." - Greg Vontz, Melo Park, CA [photos below]
Note: Photos above include (top) carbon fiber B-Pillar and door handle appliqués, and, (bottom) nose cone appliqués
In 1967, a young refrigeration engineer, Claude Bourquin, recognized the opportunity to start an air conditioning business. Almost 20 years later, he passed the business, Clim Denfert Bourquin, on to his two children, Gilles and Stephanie Bourquin. The business has grown and established showrooms in both Paris and Cannes. We, at EVANNEX, can appreciate this story as it reflects our own evolving story as a family business. We took special interest in Gilles after he placed multiple orders for so many different products in our store. Gilles is so proud of his Model S carbon fiber appliqués that he sent us some photos after installing a few of our products. (From top to bottom: 1. Gilles' black Model S with our carbon fiber appliqués; 2. Nose Cone appliqué; 3. B-Pillar appliqués; 4. Door Handle appliqués)
Our carbon fiber door handle appliqués have been designed and fabricated to fit the unique curves of the Model S door handles and are fabricated using real carbon fiber [T-300] 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill)], finished with a “domed” high-grade polyurethane coating specially formulated to be abrasion and wear resistant. Each appliqué is backed with an industrial grade permanent 3M adhesive to ensure a strong bond. The door handle appliqués (a set of 4) have the dimensions and front and back curves of the door handle when it is recessed in the Model S body. Each appliqué is approximately 2.7mm thick.
The thin profile of each door handle appliqué, along with its domed finish ensures that it will have no appreciable impact on airflow over the Model S exterior and therefore, no appreciable effect on drag—one of the key factors that affects the range of the vehicle. There is no discernible increase in wind noise with the appliqués installed. Each appliqué is backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, a 20-mil thick, medium-density, dark gray acrylic foam, with TX-1 and DS-4 adhesives on the liner and non-liner sides of the product, respectively.), widely used in automotive applications. The adhesive provides a permanent bond to the surface to which it is affixed. The overall cross section of each appliqué is shown below:
The polyurethane resin surface has been exhaustively tested to ensure that it can stand-up to environmental conditions. Door handle appliqués are offered in gloss and matte finishes. The photo below — although it's of our B-Pillar appliqués — provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.
Installation of the door handle appliqués is straightforward and can be performed as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. However, for those Model S owners who are not DIY-oriented, or are uncomfortable with the installation process in any way, we recommend that the appliqués be installed by a competent automotive installer. A detailed set of installation instructions is provided with each order. All appliqués can be cleaned using soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM). A video install and written installation instructions (this also includes other appliqués as well) can be found below...
How are the door handle appliqués fabricated, and are they real carbon fiber?
Every door handle appliqué is constructed of real T-300 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill). Our unique design and fabrication approach allows us to finish the carbon fiber with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating is both sun and weather resistant. The coating is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. Each appliqué is then backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, providing a strong permanent bond to the automotive surface.
Can I order door handle appliqués in a different finish other than carbon fiber?
Door handle appliqués are not offered in alternate color or materials (e.g. to match your Model S exterior body color, wood trims, all-chrome finish, etc). We only offer door handle appliqués in real carbon fiber in either a gloss or matte finish.
Do you recommend the gloss or matte finish?
The finish you choose is a matter of personal preference. The photo below — although it's of our B-Pillar appliqués — provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. However, we prefer the gloss finish. It tends to reflect light in a manner that really complements the Model S exterior. We've featured the gloss finish in all our photos and video because we feel it better accentuates and enhances the beauty of the Model S. However, we recognize that some Model S owners may prefer a slightly more "muted" matte finish — especially if they have the factory carbon fiber matte spoiler. The photo below provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.
What is the difference between the materials you use and a carbon fiber "wrap" ?
A "wrap" is a very thin vinyl material that is printed with a pattern that looks like carbon fiber. The wrap can be adhered to a surface and provides a simulated, faux-carbon fiber look. But it is not real carbon fiber. A wrap is flat and has no dimensional feel and relatively little visual depth. In general, wraps are installed by professionals. Our door handle appliqués are fabricated with real carbon fiber, finished with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating for all appliqués is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. The coating for the molded side mirror piece has a straight edge.
Can I install this product myself?
Yes. We’ve designed the door handle appliqués for do-it-yourself (DIY) installation. In fact, the only tools you might need are a soft cloth, some masking tape, and a cleaning solution of alcohol and distilled water (readily available at any large pharmacy). We provide you with a detailed installation video and written instructions for each piece. However, if you’re just not a DIY person, door handle appliqués can be installed by any competent aftermarket automotive installer.
Is it possible to slide and door handle appliqués nto place as I position it on the Model S?
In general, the answer is no. The industrial adhesive that we use on each appliqué creates a very strong and permanent bond. The way to position an appliqué is to adhere it only on its edge. That will create a very small contact surface for you to remove it and reposition, if necessary. However, once the appliqué is pressed into place, it is not intended be removed or repositioned. For that reason, you must very carefully align the piece before you adhere it.
Can you provide a bit more detail about installation?
See 'Installation' tab for more details. Complete installation instructions, video, and guidelines are also provided with each package; please follow the instructions provided to ensure proper installation.
Can I remove the door handle appliqués once they are installed?
In order to ensure that the appliqués will not separate from the automotive surfaces as your car is being driven, they have been designed for permanent installation. It is possible, however, to remove an appliqué by heating it with a hair dryer and slowly peeling it off. However, the appliqué will likely be stretched or torn if it is removed, and some adhesive residue may be left on the surface. The residue can be peeled off and the surface cleaned with acetone. It is possible (but unlikely) that the surface might be slightly marred as a result. Therefore, each appliqué should be viewed as a permanent installation. Additional removal instructions are appended to the installation instructions.
How should I clean the door handle appliqués?
Soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth should do the trick. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM).
Will the addition of door handle appliqués pieces affect the aerodynamics of the Model S and thereby impact the Model S performance and range?
Each of the appliqués rise from the surface by less than 2.7mm. The molded side mirror pieces rised about 1.25 mm. We’ll admit that we haven’t done wind tunnel tests or computer-based simulations, but because of the low profile of all door handle appliqués pieces, any affect on aerodynamics of range would be virtually undetectable.
Will the addition of door handle appliqués increase wind noise?
No. The thin profile and tight fit become part of the vehicle surface and will not create any discernible wind nose.
What if I decide I do not like the door handle appliqués and wish to return them?
BEFORE you install any door handle appliqués piece, be sure to assess the look. You can do this using masking tape to attach a door handle appliqué (without removing the red adhesive backing). If you want to do a more complete assessment, you can use double sided masking tape placed directly over the red adhesive backing of the appliqués piece. DO NOT remove the adhesive backing tape until you are satisfied that the look works for you. As long as you have not removed the adhesive backing on any piece, an door handle appliqués product may be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Door handle appliqués pieces cannot be reused once the adhesive backing is removed, and the backing cannot be replaced properly once it is pulled off. For that reason, a door handle appliqués product cannot be returned for a refund if the adhesive backing is removed.
What is the Return Policy for door handle appliqués?
Once the red adhesive backing has been removed from a door handle appliqué piece, the product can no longer be returned for credit or exchange. The reason for this is that the door handle appliqués piece and the package cannot be reused or resold once the adhesive backing has been removed. Therefore, please be certain that you’re satisfied with the look and style of your door handle appliqués BEFORE you remove the red adhesive backing tape from any door handle appliqués piece. You can accomplish this using masking tape to temporarily hold the piece in place or, if you want an even more realistic preview, you can use double-sided masking tape to temporarily affix the piece(s) to assess the look and style. Stated as succinctly as possible, once you remove the red adhesive backing from any door handle appliqués piece, all four appliqués are yours—no returns and no credit can be offered.
How long does it take to receive my door handle appliqués order?
The delivery time frame for Door handle appliqués is between 1 and 2 weeks (for U.S. orders) from the day you place your order, depending on the number of orders in the production queue.
Do door handle appliqués ship to International destinations?
Yes, door handle appliqués ship internationally using FedEx International. For more information, check out our Shipping and Fulfillment page.
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