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Old 07-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Plasti Dipped!

Have a brand new 2012 wrangler sport unlimited. Her name is Ivy and I decided to take her for a little Plasti Dip. At least the tip of her hood :-).

Just starting there and will see how the rest go. Planning on doing her grill and rims. The spray cans are expensive in Canada :-(.

Will jeep you posted! .....see what I did there? ....muah ha ha ha ha ha.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Well I've never seen that done before. Interesting. Looks good! Plan on plasti-dipping anything else?

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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nice. cheaper than a bug deflector and wills save the pain too.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:00 AM   #4
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Yep. I plan on plasti dipping:

- the entire front grill and around the head lights/signal lights

-all 5 silver rims ( to make them black )

- contemplating below the doors, just above the side step. The plan would be to stop any debris from wrecking that area.

- the edges of my doors. I've already scratched the edge of the drivers side door to the metal from accidentally not paying attention to what it was resting on as I put the roof back on. My every move grinned the edge of the door on the wall. Still pissed about that one. So the plan is to plasti dip the edges and make sure it doesn't happen again!

- just behind the door handles on the outside so continual door opening doesn't scratch up behind the handle.

....basically, other than the rims, I'd like to plasti dip the major wear and tear areas. The great thing about plasti dip is if it gets dented or scratched, you get to peel it off and spray again!

I also have a 92 YJ Islander and it has a white hard top. Would love to plasti dip that entire hard top, rims, grill, and all the dents and scratches, black. The product is quite the life saver for jeep if you ask me!

I'll post as much of my progress as I can!
Stay tuned.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Plasti dipped session 2.

I had planned on plasti dipping Ivy ( my 2012 JK ) just a little bit at the beginning but then realized that was only the beginning. From the start I had only dipped the front of my hood as a "bug/rock/road guard", but the next step was to have a little fun.

If you have ever plasti dipped your vehicle before you will agree that it scares the crap out of you because you think your spray painting your rig! But rest assured, once it's all said and done, you get to love the stuff if you do it right!

Below is all the before pics first, then the afters. She looks SO much better!

Enjoy!
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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The spray cans are expensive in Canada :-(.
Yep, $20 a can but if you live close to the US border you can buy them for $6 a can at Home Depot.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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Looks good! Especially contrasting the green...

I just did the same project, except I removed the grille, removed the marker lights and painted the whole thing. I read that masking off unpainted areas required that you remove the masking before the Plasti-dip dries.

I'm considering Plasti-dipping my entire rig but I'd like to see how the grille holds up to routine cleaning first.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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How very awesome. I ordered my white JK this weekend and am planning on plastidipping the wheels, also thought about the deflector idea and even considered dipping the composite roof since I went with the stock freedom top in black.

I definitely am liking the idea that it is a non-commital way of changing things up. Like, maybe "skittle" the wheels once and a while. Maybe even a cheap (and temporary) alternative to adding chrome accents...that may be a bit over the top.

Your deflector turned out great. Also from Canada here, so I can agree with the price increase per can.

"Jeep" us posted - would love to see or hear more on your tips on application...what worked ...what didnt, etc.
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Looks good! Especially contrasting the green...

I just did the same project, except I removed the grille, removed the marker lights and painted the whole thing. I read that masking off unpainted areas required that you remove the masking before the Plasti-dip dries.

I'm considering Plasti-dipping my entire rig but I'd like to see how the grille holds up to routine cleaning first.
I taped off the center of my hood and plasti dipped it. I just used a razor blade to cut along the masking tape line. It worked pretty well.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:36 PM   #10
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Crap. Sorry for the multiple photos. My phone kept saying the site crashed...
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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I found that the price of the cans are pretty reasonable actually. I live on an island ( Victoria ) and know that to go to the states and get some cans at $6.00 a pop, it would be more expensive for the cost of gas/ferry ride there and back and customs at the border. I get my cans at 15$ + tax so it works out good for me.
If your goin to do the whole car I'd suggest sending an email....
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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...to Fonzy at dipyourcar.com and ask what he means when he gives cars an "alchohol bath" before plasti dipping the entire car. He did it to a black BMW M3 and made it white but gave it a bath in alchohol. Not to sure what that means. Also, he used an spray gun and specifically thinned out plasti dip that you can buy from his online store. So that be a good idea. ....
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #13
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As far as what I did to prepare my hood/grill/wheels for a plasti dipping session, I made sure it was clean. I gave her a regular bath at home and dried everything with a shammy. Then pre sprayed a piece of cardboard to get the flow of going back and forth, and applied my layers. I used painters tape for the strait line on the hood but had to remove it immediately after the 3rd coat.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:45 PM   #14
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The grill I kept on and just tapped everything off. You don't need to tape the lights as I did in the pictures as you can just peel it right off. I left one coat of plasti dip on the signal lights and it lights up when need in the day or night just fine. Haven't had a cop pull me over for it yet so I guess it's all gravy?
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #15
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The rims were a bit tricky.

To prep them I just made sure that they were clean and tidy. NO BREAK DUST! People on YouTube say to clean it with a type of alchohol, but mine worked out just great without it.

I tapped off the break pads and calipers and sprayed the rims and section of the tire that was closest to the rim/wheel. It peels right off the tire when dried.

But since I kept everything on and didn't take anything off, I missed a few spots. Be sure to drive your rig forward a bit to get under the rims where you couldn't properly spray upside down.

I also did the 5th tire on the back and tapped off behind that as well. A little tricky with that one.

So far in the pouring rain we have got over here on the island, it's been holding up just fine! Good protection for the winter!

Hope all of that helps!
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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Thinking about opening up my own Canadian franchise for dipping people's stuff. You think people, or jeep enthusiasts, would get their rig dipped if I started this company?
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I've done my rims (gun metal) but plan to do my hinges black.
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Looks good dude !!! i recently bought a can myself to do some emblems on my toyota. they say you have to clean very good around the area where your about to plastic dip. does that mean a good wash prior or cleaning it with say alcohol ??
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Alcohol takes all the wax, grease, and oil off the surface. I wouldn't paint anything without cleaning it with alcohol first.
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Hey guys, I like the look of this on the grill. Can I just pick these cans up at Home Depot or Walmart? Are there different kinds I should look for?
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Hey guys, I like the look of this on the grill. Can I just pick these cans up at Home Depot or Walmart? Are there different kinds I should look for?
If your in the U.S. apparently you can get them at Home Depot. If your in Canada, slim pickings. Check the plasti dip web site for distributors.

Just look for the color you want.
If your doing your entire rig, I'd suggest checking out dipyourcar.com for guides and help.
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Great, thanks for the info!
Any issues going through a car wash?
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:11 AM   #23
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i used this stuff on atv racks over a year ago,,and they still look great,,,i live on a farm and am always useing my 4/wheeler daily,,i abuse the crap out of it,,the racks have a couple chips in them but hey i throw metal fence posts on them,barbwire,wood with nails still in them,etc,etc,

i just thought you all would like a little feedback on the product from an abuser--lol
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Definitely, thanks! I'm going to add this to the never ending project list.
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Great, thanks for the info!
Any issues going through a car wash?
Not for me. Just have a good amount of Coats on them and don't shove a pressure washer on the edges of it and you'll be good.

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