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Old 12-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #1
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Plasti Dip Coating Wheels

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.

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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!

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Old 12-19-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for the write up. Looks great!

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That looks REALLY good, especially with the black Jeep.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:55 AM   #4
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That looks REALLY good, especially with the black Jeep.
Hard to tell in the photo, but it's Natural Green.



Still like it better with the black wheels though.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:50 AM   #5
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Did that same thing on my TJ stock wheels. After almost 1.5 years of hard abuse, the only parts that were coming off was a little around the edges, from rocks. Great mod if you are low on money, and want a different look.
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Did that same thing on my TJ stock wheels. After almost 1.5 years of hard abuse, the only parts that were coming off was a little around the edges, from rocks. Great mod if you are low on money, and want a different look.
A year and a half, wow! The first couple of wheels I did were screwed up (learning experience) so I have to redo them. Look good from a few feet away but I want to make them perfect. Maybe next week.
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A year and a half, wow! The first couple of wheels I did were screwed up (learning experience) so I have to redo them. Look good from a few feet away but I want to make them perfect. Maybe next week.
Yea I was very impressed with the stuff. I also sprayed mine when the temp was ~30 degrees so it didn't come out perfect. Still looked great for the time that I had it.
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Thinking about doing my wheels in white to go with my White Rubi.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #9
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looks good!

i love the plasti dip. i did my wheels back in august and headlight bezels just the other day...


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How are these holding up to car wash high pressure sprayer?
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How are these holding up to car wash high pressure sprayer?
I can't personally help with that because I only hand wash my jeep, but hopefully someone else can chime in...
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ive pressure washed mine a couple times. just back off alittle with the wand.
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That looks awesome. I didn't think plasti dip was that strong. I used it to black out the badges on my other car and it came off with ease.
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Thanks for the write up. Considering doing this this weekend, just to pass the time til I get some new wheels.
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Thanks for the write up. Considering doing this this weekend, just to pass the time til I get some new wheels.
Ditto, on mine, the American Racing turbine style was a close out in 2001, very dated now, and the chrome and black areas are peeling and pitting. I think I will do this - after much sanding - to extend the life of the wheels one more season to match with the tire wear. Then, pony up for a new set of 18's and rubber to match, something more rugged. Who runs 15 inch wheels anymore?
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The wheels look really awesome...Good job man.....I see some dudes here using the Plasti Dip and the bed liner spray? Having a hard time deciding what to use?
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The wheels look really awesome...Good job man.....I see some dudes here using the Plasti Dip and the bed liner spray? Having a hard time deciding what to use?
I chose the Plasti Dip specifically because it's completely reversible. If I change my mind later on, I can just peel it off. If the coating becomes damaged, I can peel it off and redo it.

Bedlining is more permanent because you have to rough up the wheels to get the bedliner to stick. If you change your mind, you're out of luck because you've already ruined the finish on your wheels.

On the other hand, I imagine the bedliner is more resilient. I'm okay with that though, because I don't mind respraying the Plasti Dip if it starts to come off from abuse. To me it's worth it to retain the option to go back to silver, but that's a personal choice.
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Picked up a few cans of plasti-dip at lunch today. Planning on doing my grill this weekend. Depending on what I think of the finish, I will do my wheels sometime in the coming weeks. Hell, may go ahead and do the spare this weekend as well.
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Friggin genius, you folks just saved me the cost of a new set of wheels, cause I had pretty well decided that SOMETHING had to be done about the base x model wheels we have, they look like pickled pig turds...
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I did mine just to see how I liked it one day. I decided to stick with the silver (for now...)


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Is it the same "rubbery" texture as the plasti dip for the handles of tools?
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Looks great! Even looks almost like a photoshop'd image. Sucks to learn teh hard way though, huh? Don't worry....Practice made perfection.

Do you think you will plati-dip your flares to match?
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The only problem I see is painting over the wheel weights. If you need them re-balanced, there will be a spot not black on the wheels and them pulling the weights off might tear the plasti-dip.
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I thought about that after the fact. I need to redo half of them at some point anyway (the ones I did before I figured out the best way), I'll probably just redo them all with the weights off. I'm fine with them for now though.
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so please share what did you do wrong on the first few, I am a little OCD I guess you could say when it comes to anything for my jeep
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Has anyone done a lot of off roading with the plasti dip rims. If so how do they hold up.
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Has anyone done a lot of off roading with the plasti dip rims. If so how do they hold up.
So far mine have done pretty dang good.
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Did you guys get the wheels re-balanced after plasti-dipping them?
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Did you guys get the wheels re-balanced after plasti-dipping them?
No I didn't rebalance mine. I imagine the actual weight of the added plasti dip is so minimal that it's nothin to worry about. If your worried about balancing issues I'd make sure you don't have any mud caked on the inside of your wheels. Caked on mud will throw off your balance before a little paint will.
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Did mine today and so far I love the look. 13 dollars...
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