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Old 07-03-2013, 01:44 PM   #91
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Nice jobddc4d on the rims , I love to be that courageous to do it myself, but rather buy them that same color at Quadratec Exclusive 92615 2111 - Quadratec Moab Style Alloy Wheel for 07-13 Jeep&#174 Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK in 17x8.5 Size with 4.7" Backspacing - Quadratec.
You don't need courage. You don't need to waste $520. You need $20 and some time. Maybe 2 hours at most. If you mess up like I did, peel it off and try again. It's NOT permanent.

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If it's fuzzy it's not fixable. Just peel it off and start again.
Actually it is fixable. Rather than peel it all off, I tried an easier approach to save the layers and minimize the amount of platidip and time needed to fix it. I took some mineral spirits and a rubber glove like the thick yellow ones for washing dishes (not thin latex medical type) and simply dipped the fingers into the spirits and then rubbed the fuzziness off and repeated as necessary until it was somewhat smooth again. Granted it looked stained and not uniformly black, it didn't matter once it dried and I sprayed on 2 more layers of plastidip. Good as new. On horizontal surfaces, I use instead liquid plastidip and a small tight-knap roller. Just pour some on and roll it out. Easy as Sunday morning.

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:26 AM   #93
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A pressure washer fixed my fuzziness in about 20 seconds haha
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #94
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I'm doing my rims this weekend. Did the spare already. Looks good. Post pictures when I'm done.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:19 AM   #95
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I did mine about 6 months ago, and they have held up great so far. I absolutely love this stuff! Is it bad, however, that I still don't have feeling in 2 fingers because I was too lazy to get a new glove after ripping one? HaHa.... if only I had read the warning FIRST.

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Old 10-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #99
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Great write up. Followed it with perfect results. Thanks to the OP!


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Old 10-21-2013, 10:27 AM   #100
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Plastidip works great. Glad to see of all these great results in this thread. I've used them on wheels and body parts in the past and all has weathered great and removed without any problems.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #101
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I cant wait to do this. Dont pull my man card but I cant paint for s**t, might have to call in the ringer, my wife!
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #102
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Nice dip job. I plan on this being my first mod on my white wrangler unlimited.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #103
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Great thread guys. It's nice seeing what works and what doesn't work before you do something. Time to go and try my luck with it.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #104
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So on my sti I plasti dipped the rims with them on the car and it turned out great. Has anyone here tried that.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #105
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Nice dip job. I plan on this being my first mod on my white wrangler unlimited.
You'll love it, I do!
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:38 AM   #106
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Usmc I have the same bright white with black hardtop
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:13 AM   #107
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What's the wear time for the plasti dip? Also when I upgrade my tires in the spring.... will the coating get peeled from re-mounting etc?
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #108
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It might peel from remounting but some paint thinner will fix it. Just re paint after the thinner and it will look like new.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #109
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Since I managed to screw up my first couple of tries at doing a Plasti Dip coat on my stock wheels, I figured that maybe I could save someone else the trouble.

Before:


Materials:

  • 5 cans of spray-on Plasti Dip
  • Bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Soft Cloth
  • Something large and disposable as a backdrop (I used a large piece of cardboard)
  • Roll of blue painter's tape

1) Remove the wheels. I did two at a time so that I could be cleaning and masking one in between applying coats on the second one. Just to save some time.



2) Clean the wheel the best you can. I used a pressure washer to get as much of the dirt and brake dust off as possible, then a scrubber and some S100 to scrub the rest off (and clean up the tire sidewalls a bit too). And I know, S100 is supposed to be a motorcycle thing, but I had it laying around and couldn't find anything else. Did the trick though.

3) Let the wheel dry, and then put some alcohol on a cloth and give the wheel a once-over with that. Remove the center cap (unless you want that painted too).

4) For masking, I used standard blue painter's tape. Some people use index cards and I tried that, but I wasn't very good at it and the index cards kept moving in the breeze. Mask the main areas around the tire including the white lettering. Overspray that makes it past the tape can be brushed off afterwards, if you can even see it.

5) The holes for the lugs need to be covered. I made the mistake of spraying the entire inside of those holes when I did my first three wheels. Upon mounting the spare back on the Jeep, the lug nut twisted the coating and caused the entire coat to start peeling off the wheel as I torqued it down. I had to redo it. Then with the other two wheels, I had to take a knife and surgically remove the inner portion of all 5 holes, which is a real pain. So for the remaining wheels, I used the blue painter's tape to cover the "visible" portion of each of the 5 lug nuts.



Place the lug nuts in the wheel to clock the contact portions. Fully masked:



6) Now we start painting. Very important -- do not attempt to fully black out the wheels on the first pass. If you do, there's a good chance that it will start to bubble or pool up, and it will be difficult to fix later. Stay about 12" above the wheel and spray evenly all around, don't worry if there is still silver showing through in some spots.



Let it dry until all of the black has lost it's wetness/glossiness. Depending on conditions, it's usually 5-15 minutes. Then repeat the process. Continue repeating until you have at least 4 coats and the entire wheel is black. Make sure to check around the lug nuts, around the valve stem, and around the edges.

7) After the final coat has been sitting for a few minutes, carefully pull our the lug nuts without touching the rest of the wheel. You can then start carefully removing the masking from the wheel.



8) Flip it over and spray the inside as well. I sprayed everything except the center portion that would contact the hub.

9) After a minimum four hour dry time, pop the center cap back in (if applicable) and mount the wheel back on the Jeep and start on the next one. Personally, I made sure to be careful with the surface for a full 24 hours, just to be safe. But I mounted them after 3 or 4 hours, just handing by the tire and not the wheel.

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Best part -- if anything gets screwed up, just wait for it to fully dry and peel it off and start over!
How long have these held up? i really want to do them on my black TJ wrangler. I have mickey thompsons on them.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:54 AM   #110
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How long have these held up? i really want to do them on my black TJ wrangler. I have mickey thompsons on them.
Years if done correctly.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:44 PM   #111
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How long have these held up? i really want to do them on my black TJ wrangler. I have mickey thompsons on them.
I sprayed mine almost 2 years ago now. The only wear on them is when i scraped up against a rock and it scuffed a couple inches off where it touched. Otherwise I've found it to be incredible how it looks just as good as when I applied it before.. And all it took was 10 bucks..
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:51 PM   #112
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So ik this was about plasti dipping the wheels but has anyone done line X or a bedliner instead?
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:39 AM   #113
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Has anyone painted the lugs? If so do you paint them once mounted or dismounted?

I imagine they'll get stripped if painted then torqued.
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Has anyone painted the lugs? If so do you paint them once mounted or dismounted?

I imagine they'll get stripped if painted then torqued.
Your better off painting the lugs. I dipped mine and I they don't get messed up during torquing. Mostly when I play in the mud is when the dip gets dinged.

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