How to: The magic of Plasti Dip

Recently I’ve been trying to sell my Gram Lights but unfortunately not enough commitment from interested parties I’ve decided to keep them. With the recent fad of bright wheels I was always tempted to paint my wheels a bright colour but I was not sure whether to go ahead with it or not as I wasn’t sure if it would look good or not.

I stumbled across a product called Plastidip before on a few forums but didn’t take much notice of it as it was selling about $30 a can. It wasn’t until couple months later that I watched a few videos from Dip your car on Youtube which got me intrigued. It was also fortunate that at the same time on eBay there was a special on Plastidip and I could source it for approximately $14 a can so this helped aid my decision this time.

For those who haven’t heard of plastidip, it is a unique paint which dries as a rubber coating which normally you spray on the end of tools like hammers to get more grip. People have adapted this product to be used on things like cars and wheels.

The major advantage of this product is that it’s not permanent and if you don’t like it you can just peel it off. You heard right you can just peel it off so essentially it’s like a spray on vinyl. And the other advantage for people like me is that no preparation is required except having a clean surface.

The colour I went with was going to be blue, I call it the Run It Hard Blue. The plan initially was to paint the meisters blue as the paint on them are quite average since I was keeping the Gram Lights and I wasn’t really a fan of the gold I decided to give them a new lease on life.

Here’s the Gram Light with the centres cleaned. As you can see I went for minimal prep forgetting to mask off which I advise doing which will make peeling off the paint off the lip much easier

Unique thing about plastidip is that you spray 4-5 layers but the application must be done in a special way.

The first layer you spray don’t try to colour the whole rim it should be about 50% transparency all that is need is a light spray over the area back and forth 2-3 times.

This is the result after the 1st layer

You must let it dry in between layers approximately 15-30 minutes obviously depends on the climate and temperature that you are spraying and make sure you don’t put it in direct sunlight.

This is the wheel after 4th and final layer of plastidip as you can see coverage was pretty good. You need to let it dry for up to 4 hours depending on climate.

Afterwards is when the magic begins.

As you can see you can just peel the paint off the lip the thicker the layers the easier it will be to peel it off. I’m quite happy with the result and I plan on doing my meisters soon before I get them fitted on the car.

One Response to “How to: The magic of Plasti Dip”

  1. eBayer October 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    I brought my plasti dip on eBay last week for 9.95
    Caswellplating seem to be cheaper with posting and listed price. I’m yet to receive the 9.95 cans I don’t think the guys at plastidip were to happy to part with them at that price should have stuck with caswell

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