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Old 03-17-2012, 05:49 PM   #391
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Has anyone plati dipped their soft top, it appears youve done everything else. Just wondering : P
No kidding. Someone the other day was wondering why they don't offer hard tops in color, think they wanted a tan hard top on a green or black forest green machine. I don't see why one couldn't plasti-dip an entire hard top. The offer color matching, gloss, flat etc. Mix up a batch coat your fenders, your hard top, same factory order is like a 1000 dollar extra option. Peel the whole thing off when you run out of interest or what to try another color.

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Lol. Just put the last coat on my emblem. Will do the door hinges next time I pull them off.

Oh, and get back out there and hit those door locks!
HAHA yea I need to do those next time I have some more time, they do look out of place now. Just I hope I did enough coats of the stuff, I did 3 full coats. Time will tell.

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add to that, why not a soft top? Has anyone sprayed it on fabric or canvas? White JK with a white soft top, red with red, could be interesting. Certainly unique.
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Got a set of Black Rock Steel Rims that are starting to rust a little thinking about pressure washing them real good and trying this. Depending how it turns out I might hit my stell bumpers too seeing I have some orange spots already :P

Any suggestions?
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Plasti Dip makes anything look better.
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No kidding. Someone the other day was wondering why they don't offer hard tops in color, think they wanted a tan hard top on a green or black forest green machine. I don't see why one couldn't plasti-dip an entire hard top. The offer color matching, gloss, flat etc. Mix up a batch coat your fenders, your hard top, same factory order is like a 1000 dollar extra option. Peel the whole thing off when you run out of interest or what to try another color.
Yup. Dipyourcar will custom blend to match any color you want. I wanted tube doors for the summer, so I will order 2 gallons of "crush" plastidip to match the truck. Will cost me $90, instead of the $500+ a shop would charge, plus, I don't need to worry about chips and scratches.
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Got a set of Black Rock Steel Rims that are starting to rust a little thinking about pressure washing them real good and trying this. Depending how it turns out I might hit my stell bumpers too seeing I have some orange spots already :P

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When I got my Rampage recovery bumper, a little bit of the powdercoat was chipped as a result of UPS's delicate handling. I bought the plastidip can (the type you actually dip stuff into) and touched up all the naked steel parts. I missed a few spots, and a week later, saw some orange spots begin to appear. I cleaned them up, and touched them up. When it was almost dry, I patted it with my finger to leave that crinkle texture, and now you can barely tell where the powdercoat ends and the dip begins.
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add to that, why not a soft top? Has anyone sprayed it on fabric or canvas? White JK with a white soft top, red with red, could be interesting. Certainly unique.
I think it would work without a problem. However, with age (maybe a year) it will get more brittle, and possibly crack. Not a big deal, just remove it and put on a fresh coat, but still. I would email the guys are dipyourcar and ask them, they are the gurus of the dip, and know everything there is to know about the product.
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I went ahead and let the grill just sit overnight after something like five and a half coats of plasti dip. I think it looks decent. My only question now, what else can I spray? I think I'll end up doing the bumper and fender flares. They need it real bad.

Time to go to work.


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Gave my Jeep some black eyes in between coats of spray paint on my new sliders. I like the touch. Gonna try the trail rated emblem next...
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:02 AM   #403
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So I plasti-dipped my grill this weekend but the finished product was a little rough and not as smooth as the pictures... what did I do wrong? I was thinking of removing it and starting over... Let me know what you think.

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So I plasti-dipped my grill this weekend but the finished product was a little rough and not as smooth as the pictures... what did I do wrong? I was thinking of removing it and starting over... Let me know what you think.
After plasti dipping a number of things now, my opinion is to let the rubber sit for a good bit of time before putting on the next coat. If you rush through it it almost gets a flaky look to it
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After plasti dipping a number of things now, my opinion is to let the rubber sit for a good bit of time before putting on the next coat. If you rush through it it almost gets a flaky look to it
Plus, if you have the can too far away when spraying it you get a rougher texture as smaller particles will start to dry before it his the surface.

Too close and you lay it on too thick.... think Goldilocks and the Three Bears. lol
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Alright I did the plasti-dipping thing on my faded fenders (one side of jeep only to see how it would do). I did 5 coats. Looked awesome. But then I rubbed a little firmly on the flare to see how durable it is and to my surprise it just came off like nothing.

So now what? I cleaned the flares really good but it seems plasti dip isn't durable at all. If its rubbed even a little hard it will separate from the fender.

Its a real shame too because it looked so good.

Now I'm bummed cause I liked the look alot. Should I use Bedliner maybe? Any of you actually had it last on the flares? I am pretty sure that it was weak enough that just rubbing up against it while sliding past the jeep in the garage would be enough to make it come off.
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Alright I did the plasti-dipping thing on my faded fenders (one side of jeep only to see how it would do). I did 5 coats. Looked awesome. But then I rubbed a little firmly on the flare to see how durable it is and to my surprise it just came off like nothing.

So now what? I cleaned the flares really good but it seems plasti dip isn't durable at all. If its rubbed even a little hard it will separate from the fender.

Its a real shame too because it looked so good.

Now I'm bummed cause I liked the look alot. Should I use Bedliner maybe? Any of you actually had it last on the flares? I am pretty sure that it was weak enough that just rubbing up against it while sliding past the jeep in the garage would be enough to make it come off.
Why did you rub it? Plastidip works very well, but not with pressure friction. Car parts do not normally encounter "rubbing" which is why it does a good job of protecting parts. What you did is the ONE thing it does not protect against, and is how it is supposed to be removed. This time, spray it again, and don't rub it out. I have had my grill on for the last 4 month, with absolutely no traces of wear, and that includes being knocked around by flying debris at highway speeds.
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Why did you rub it? Plastidip works very well, but not with pressure friction. Car parts do not normally encounter "rubbing" which is why it does a good job of protecting parts. What you did is the ONE thing it does not protect against, and is how it is supposed to be removed. This time, spray it again, and don't rub it out. I have had my grill on for the last 4 month, with absolutely no traces of wear, and that includes being knocked around by flying debris at highway speeds.
You don't have it on your fenders then? Yeah I can see it lasting on a grill. I put it on my head light bezels i am sure that will work just fine. But the fenders?

What if your in a parking lot and someone just brushes up against it hard with jeans on?

I was hoping it would be more durable. It may be a solution for many things including getting a black grill but for the fenders I don't think so.
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That's interesting because the stuff was invented to recoat tool handles, where torque, tighting gripping, manouvering etc. would be a necessity. On an '11 Rubi, the flare feels rough, almost textured, also never seems dry clean, an oily or greasy feel to it. I wonder if it is the texture where it is greater and scruffing is not allowing it to adhere? Maybe a general primer, even a house pain, latex primer thinly applied to smooth it out can work?
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You don't have it on your fenders then? Yeah I can see it lasting on a grill. I put it on my head light bezels i am sure that will work just fine. But the fenders?

What if your in a parking lot and someone just brushes up against it hard with jeans on?

I was hoping it would be more durable. It may be a solution for many things including getting a black grill but for the fenders I don't think so.
I don't know how hard you were rubbing. I "rubbed" on my grill a number of times (mostly to scrub off bird crap) and it held up fine. So again, I don't know how "hard" you were rubbing, but I have never had an issue. Maybe you put on a really thin coat?
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That's interesting because the stuff was invented to recoat tool handles, where torque, tighting gripping, manouvering etc. would be a necessity. On an '11 Rubi, the flare feels rough, almost textured, also never seems dry clean, an oily or greasy feel to it. I wonder if it is the texture where it is greater and scruffing is not allowing it to adhere? Maybe a general primer, even a house pain, latex primer thinly applied to smooth it out can work?
Were your fenders ever treated with armorall or crap like that? That stuff has silicates, and once you apply it, you can never get it off. As a result, your fenders will permanently be "oily" and whatever you put on them will have a hard time sticking. If you have painted fenders, you need to make sure you stip off the wax.
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HAH! Exactly that, now that you mention it. The tires and flares were indeed saturated with something to make them nice and glossy when I picked it up. Can still feel it today 7 months later and only 2 car washes. Maybe this is the case with MountainRoad.
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Were your fenders ever treated with armorall or crap like that? That stuff has silicates, and once you apply it, you can never get it off. As a result, your fenders will permanently be "oily" and whatever you put on them will have a hard time sticking. If you have painted fenders, you need to make sure you stip off the wax.
No they aren't painted - yet!

Yeah they were definitely oily feeling and tried to get it down to the plastic the best I could using dawn. I also tried using a hand cleaner that cuts grease, you know like to clean hands after doing mechanic work (forgot the name). It still had a smooth slippery kind of feel. My finger would not grab the plastic when sliding it across the surface. Maybe that is the problem.

I though about using a primer to help make it stick. I thought I might paint it if I can't get the plasti dip to work - so I would probably prime it anyway.

You think primer will work? If so what kind? I noticed the plasti dip spray can actually says to use primer.

BTW Its hard to say how hard I rubbed it. Not hard enough that I expected it to separate like it did. It was firm but not crazy hard.

Has anyone else had the plasti dip on the flares hold up?
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Weird.... I even did my door handles and keyholes and I use and touch that EVERYDAY and hasn't come off at all!!
I don't c why your flares just rub off..., Maybe it is the stuff u said they put on then to make them shiny. My flares AND wheels are Plasti dipped and they have been taken off road once and only small scratched here and there but I just had to retouch and like new again. It's been a month and happy with the results.
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yeah I did mine too. I'm hitting everything on my JKU, until eventually, the whole body is done.
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No they aren't painted - yet!

Yeah they were definitely oily feeling and tried to get it down to the plastic the best I could using dawn. I also tried using a hand cleaner that cuts grease, you know like to clean hands after doing mechanic work (forgot the name). It still had a smooth slippery kind of feel. My finger would not grab the plastic when sliding it across the surface. Maybe that is the problem.

I though about using a primer to help make it stick. I thought I might paint it if I can't get the plasti dip to work - so I would probably prime it anyway.

You think primer will work? If so what kind? I noticed the plasti dip spray can actually says to use primer.

BTW Its hard to say how hard I rubbed it. Not hard enough that I expected it to separate like it did. It was firm but not crazy hard.

Has anyone else had the plasti dip on the flares hold up?
Only thing that has taken the plastidip on my flares off is really hard rubbing and where gas spills out of my filler sometimes when Im filling up but thats expected. Ive taken it offroad a few times and pressure washed it and the plastidip is still there.
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No they aren't painted - yet!

Yeah they were definitely oily feeling and tried to get it down to the plastic the best I could using dawn. I also tried using a hand cleaner that cuts grease, you know like to clean hands after doing mechanic work (forgot the name). It still had a smooth slippery kind of feel. My finger would not grab the plastic when sliding it across the surface. Maybe that is the problem.

I though about using a primer to help make it stick. I thought I might paint it if I can't get the plasti dip to work - so I would probably prime it anyway.

You think primer will work? If so what kind? I noticed the plasti dip spray can actually says to use primer.

BTW Its hard to say how hard I rubbed it. Not hard enough that I expected it to separate like it did. It was firm but not crazy hard.

Has anyone else had the plasti dip on the flares hold up?
After reading your post, I went downstairs and picked a piece of grill that is under the hood and started rubbing the hell out of it. I rubbed REALLY hard, much harder than a "accidental brush" will rub, and it didn't budge. I fear that your coat did not have a good bond as a result of an oily surface which did not allow the dip to properly stick.
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Heath had some PlastiDippin' fun a few weeks ago on The Freezer.....He also used Nightshade on the reverse lights, turn signals, and marker lights. He also added some decals on the hood a few days ago. We struggled with what to put there, but he looked up Arctic Expeditions and came up with a number and letter sequence for a multi-year Russian Expedition. The Freezer looks pretty cool now, IMHO. Just wish we had some cashola to do some "real" stuff!
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Heath had some PlastiDippin' fun a few weeks ago on The Freezer.....He also used Nightshade on the reverse lights, turn signals, and marker lights. He also added some decals on the hood a few days ago. We struggled with what to put there, but he looked up Arctic Expeditions and came up with a number and letter sequence for a multi-year Russian Expedition. The Freezer looks pretty cool now, IMHO. Just wish we had some cashola to do some "real" stuff!
Nice!

I really want to do my hood.
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Anyone try plasti dipping the rollcage bars a different color? I'm kinda thinking about blue on my white jk.

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