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10-13-2009, 08:33 AM
Is the striker on the door post suppose to be painted or left unpainted? I guess that is what it is called. Its the small piece that the door latch goes on when the door is closed.


Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

Henry Votel
10-13-2009, 08:46 AM
I have always seen them repainted and found that any originals were always painted. The chipping and scuffing off of the paint is normal once the doors are put back into use. My 2.

Henry Votel,
Forest Lake, MN
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10-13-2009, 09:14 AM
I risked a visit to the dark corner of the "Man Cave" to check the un-restored 55 president I have and the strikers are painted.

10-13-2009, 09:15 AM
Painted. Part of the body/door assembly when it is painted. Clean with paint thinner/solvent prior to installing. Oil after paint has cured.


10-13-2009, 09:20 AM
They were painted with the rest of the car body. Doors were painted after they were mounted on the body shell. So, if you take a never-restored car apart, its basically bare steel behind both the strikers and the hinges. There may be a thin primer coat remaining if the car is from a dry climate. Rust belt cars will have a nice surface rust layer.

When I painted my car, I painted the striker separately from the body, then installed it over the now-painted door post. The screw heads are supposed to be painted too (seeing as how the striker was originally painted after installing) so I used a modeling brush to touch them up once the door was adjusted and the screws tightened for the final tweak.

Jeff in ND
'53 Champion Hardtop

10-13-2009, 10:28 AM
Thanks for all the info, I will paint mine to match everything else. I sorta thought that was they way they were supposed to be, but since I had everything re zinced I wanted to make sure. Again thanks alot for the info.

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe