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Old 08-18-2014, 12:21 AM   #1
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Plasti dip problems

Hey Ya'll,

Just finished plasti dipping all my wheels. I used a total of 5 cans for 5 wheels. It looks good from 4 feet and out but up close you can tell certain areas are lighter than others. The other issue I had was I taped up each of the nuts. Since I was doing multiple coats I didn't pull it off until all the coats were on and dry. Most of the tape came off without issue but a couple pulled up some of the plastidip around it. I tried to spray some in a dish and use a paint brush to fill in the small areas where it pulled up but that didn't work at all.

Please help with suggestions on how to fix this or if you think this is about as good as it gets. Would you just retape the nuts and put a few more coats on? Would you pull the tape off right after the first coat or wait again?

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Old 08-18-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:42 AM   #3
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I'm sure the problem lies with you doing the spray with the wheels still on the jeep. Rumors say you can dip your wheels with them still on the vehicle but your looking for a complete good looking job. The dip probably dripped some when you were spraying which caused the unevenness, as far as the tape goes its pretty much a "be very careful" type deal, when you remove the tape just be sure your not peeling off dip with it, if you are, then use a knife to cut the tape and try again. Dipping your wheels with them off the jeep will make this easier too.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:31 AM   #4
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I'm curious as to where the best place is to buy plasti dip? I plan on doing mine in the near future.
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I'm curious as to where the best place is to buy plasti dip? I plan on doing mine in the near future.
My local "big box" auto parts and repair center had a whole section of plasti-dip for rock bottom prices. (Pep-Boys)
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:48 AM   #6
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Thanks man I'll swing by my local store this morning and check. I figured the stuff was only found online. The more you know
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:29 AM   #7
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That is a lot of cans you used. I used 2 for all 5 wheels.


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That is a lot of cans you used. I used 2 for all 5 wheels.


One can per wheel is normal. The thinner on the harder it will be to remove, the thicker on the easier, it should come off in one piece if you do a can/wheel.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:33 AM   #9
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Like someone said taking the wheels off will make it easier but a good trick is to heat the cans alittle first and have a heat gun after you spray a coat on use the heat gun on it, it will thin it out and keep it even and keep it a lot smoother looking, also every few coats hold the can upside down and spray for like 5 seconds to clean the nozzle out. A heat gun or even a hot hair dryer will masks it look a lot better
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ID:	1402986 I took mine off as the others recommended. I used 4 cans and put about 5 light coats to cover. You won't have any overspray on your rotors either. I taped off the tires as well but left the center plug out just to keep a bit of the original color
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:54 AM   #11
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Its a cheap fix and its a waste of money! IMO
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Unfortunately I don't have the tools to get the tires off so I have to spray them while they are still on. Here is what I think i'm going to do:
1. Re-tape the nuts
2. Use paint thinner on areas that have overspray/bubbling.
3. Apply 1 to 2 more coats
4. Use some kind of circular cap or cup to make a circle mark around the nut. That way when I pull off the tape it shouldn't catchthe plastidip.

I think that will be quicker, easier, and yield the results i'm looking for rather than taking off all the plastidip and starting over.

Thoughts??
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:43 AM   #13
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I had one wheel where the dip pealed up when i went to put the lugs back on. What Im going to do is just peal the hole thing off and do it again. I know theirs a Kit you can buy from DipYourCar.com its called the fix it kit or something.

And make sure you heat the can it makes a Big difference I just put the can in a small bowl with very hot water. From my experience the hotter the better.
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I used one can per wheel as well. I covered my rotors/calipers with a trash bash and just went at it. I also noticed some spots that were a bit lighter than others and just went over it again until I was satisfied with the outcome. Killer product this plati dip thing wish it had existed when I was a kid!
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My local "big box" auto parts and repair center had a whole section of plasti-dip for rock bottom prices. (Pep-Boys)
Lowes has it here, not rock bottom prices though
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The tape has to be removed when the plastidip is wet. If you leave it on and the dip dries, the dip on the tape is now part of the dried sheet of dip on your wheels and is going to try to peel it all up. So your gonna have to take the tape off while the dip is wet if you wanna avoid this problem.
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The tape has to be removed when the plastidip is wet. If you leave it on and the dip dries, the dip on the tape is now part of the dried sheet of dip on your wheels and is going to try to peel it all up. So your gonna have to take the tape off while the dip is wet if you wanna avoid this problem.
So if you do multiple coats do you put the tape on, spray, take it off, and then once it dries put the tape back on, spray, take it off and so on?
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Unfortunately I don't have the tools to get the tires off so I have to spray them while they are still on...
As long as you have the jack and lug wrench that came with the Jeep, you have the tools you need to take the wheel off.

You can do 2 wheels at a time, since you don't need a jack for the spare.

Just rotate through them, replacing the ones you just finished painting with the ones you are taking off... until you get them all done.

It might take a little longer, but you'll definitely have a better result in the end.

If you paint them while they aren't on the Jeep:

1. You don't have to worry about the lug nuts. Just leave them out and drop a nickel into each lug hole. Then after each coat of paint pop the nickel out so that the paint doesn't dry to it, adhering it to the plastic. Then put the nickel back in before your next coat. Now when you're done and are tightening down the lug nuts, they won't grab the plastic and twist it off.

2. When the wheels are laying flat, you can apply much thicker layers for each coat. The thicker the layer, the smoother it will look. It doesn't "run" like normal spray paint. Put each layer on waaaaay thicker than you would think it needs. You want it to look like one solid, glossy surface without any bumps or bubbles. I suggest 4 - 5 of these thick layers.

3. Other good stuff, but I got tired of typing...
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I took all 5 wheels off and left the jeep on jackstands for the task. I didn't tape off the lugs and used a can per wheel. After it dried, I ran an exacto knife around the inside edge of the bottom of the lug wells and popped the rings of dip out. It was perfect for over 2 years until I had to get a bolt removed from the tread. Discount tire guy totally hosed the outter edge unseating/reseating the tire. Think I'm gonna just peel them and rock em stock until I get my new tires/wheels in a couple of months.

It was a very economical and worthwhile mod for the 2+ years I got out of it. Still have a couple of cans around that have proven useful on an assortment of tasks around the house.
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[QUOTE="tpmaster111;12742778"]Unfortunately I don't have the tools to get the tires off so I have to spray them while they are still /QUOTE]

That's a lie every Jeep has a jack and tire iron in the back. Do one wheel at a time or if you have axle stands you can do two.

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