Scorching J-Handle

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theBravo

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I live in the desert of Southern California. It’s now reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. After eating lunch with my wife she went to open the door, yelped, flinched, and looked at me in anger (I bought the car, so the event was my fault). The chrome J-Handle baking in the desert sun was super hot. Had to use my shirt to open the door.

Even the inside of the handle that hides in the door was super hot. Might need to invest in Summer handle sleeves to prevent getting the look again. Anyone else experience similar issues? Ideas on how to keep handles aerodynamic and cool? I’m all ears.

Minus that. I love my car. It’s awesome.
 

KarenRei

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Well, you could have them wrapped, would be one obvious solution. But even clearcoat PU would probably do the trick, slowing thermal conduction into your fingers.
 

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To be fair, I've had non-Tesla chrome door handles scorch me after a day in the hot sun. It's not a unique Model 3 problem. I used to just use my shirt to cover my hand. But maybe Karen's suggestion of covering it with something would be better.
 

MelindaV

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and since the handles are an actuator button, really you just need to push the button to pop the door then pull the door open (by the metal or glass edge). So no need for full contact with the handle if it is that hot.
 

SoFlaModel3

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Interesting as this was a big worry of mine going into the car. My car bakes in the Florida sun all day and I have yet to experience feeling like the handle was hot to the touch.
 

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Handle is heated indirectly by convection from door panel. AFAIK it is highly reflective surface,
therefore almost no solar radiation is absorbed.

What is the color of your vehicle?
 

SoFlaModel3

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Interesting as this was a big worry of mine going into the car. My car bakes in the Florida sun all day and I have yet to experience feeling like the handle was hot to the touch.
And yet suddenly I have to take this back. I am still yet to experience a scorching handle and yet my wife somehow said hers was scorching hot yesterday. Have I lost feeing in my hands? ;) :p:D