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Old 06-25-2014, 05:49 PM   #1
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plasti dip time!

Hey yall, so the first change I'm making to my 2014 unlimited sport will be to plasti dip the stock wheels. I figured it's the least expensive and fastest way to have black rims. I've read quite a few things that say it's as easy as cleaning them really good and spraying lightly, doing 3 to 4 coats. Any suggestions for me? I know to get a better result I should take them off and lay them down. Thanks!

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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Just make sure you do at least 4 coats and get it on plenty thick. If you don't you will cuss yourself when you decide to take it off later because it will be too thin and wont peel off easily. Otherwise it is very forgiving.

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Old 06-25-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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I've done wheels (not Jeep wheels, though). I pulled them off, washed them, and then cleaned them with TSP and then alcohol (Probably overkill, but it worked). I then used blue tape to mask off the tire sidewalls. The wheels I did were hub centric, so I used a paint can cap to block off the center hole, and small round stickers for the lug nut holes (to keep the dip off of where the lug nuts seat). My first couple of coats where very light--spatter coats almost. Lots of hints if you search on this forum. I also did an air damn on another car. One thing to not is that surface imperfections aren't really covered up by the PD--these telegraph through it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:26 PM   #4
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I sprayed mine on the Jeep, just made sure to cover the discs and calipers with a plastic bag first. I did 5 coats, it was easier than I thought it would be.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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I did first coat real light then about 3 heavy coats. It's held up for about 10 months, wheeling and a long ass Canadian winter. Still looks good!
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Spray from several angles and have a lot of light so you can see where you've sprayed evenly. Be prepared to become a plastidip addict!
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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Thanks! How many cans do you think for all 5 wheels? Also, my bf used xylol on his before priming (he didn't use plasti he used rustoleum hammered), I was kinda worried that might make it irreversible and my rims wouldn't be shiny after if I didn't like how they came out. Thoughts?
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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I dipped mine using only 2 cans and so far looks great and holding up fine. Only took the spare off to spray it. The others i left on and just put newspaper behind them before spraying.

If I have trouble taking it off someday, i'll just hit them with a new coat and then it will adhere to itself and peel right off.

Can always use goo gone to remove it as well.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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Forgot to mention the basics. Clean the piece thoroughly. Let dry. Rub down with alcohol (not beer - that's for between costs). Let dry. Spray away !
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:22 PM   #10
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Did mine 4 coats while on the jeep except the spare I took off. Used paper towels shoved into the wheels to protect the discs and calipers and blue taped the stems and nuts. The tires wont show any overspray, so I wouldnt worry about them. About two cans for 5 wheels.



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Old 06-26-2014, 04:47 PM   #11
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definitely take the wheels off, tape off the tire sidewalls, put 5+ coats on, use a spray gun if possible instead of just the spray cans, and make sure you let each layer dry completely in between
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
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definitely take the wheels off, tape off the tire sidewalls, put 5+ coats on, use a spray gun if possible instead of just the spray cans, and make sure you let each layer dry completely in between
This for sure. I'd put at least 8 coats on. Drop a quarter in each of the lug holes.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:50 AM   #13
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Before and after... Thanks yall I'm addicted to plasti dipping now!

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Did you guys only spray the outside of the rim? Or did you spray the inside as well ? Thanks.
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Did mine 4 coats while on the jeep except the spare I took off. Used paper towels shoved into the wheels to protect the discs and calipers and blue taped the stems and nuts. The tires wont show any overspray, so I wouldnt worry about them. About two cans for 5 wheels.
Not to hijack... But are those the rugged ridge quick detach mirrors, and if the are, how do you like them?

To the OP... I Plastidipped my old wheels while they were on the jeep. Washed w/ soapy water, rinsed, dried and wiped them down w/ acetone. Did maybe 5 coats on each. 3 cans I think. Just make sure like someone here posted to make sure you have a lot of light while doing it... And also once you think you're done.... Pull out whatever you have covering the disc and pull your jeep forward so what was the bottom is now the top... Then spray what you missed on the bottom side.
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Not to hijack... But are those the rugged ridge quick detach mirrors, and if the are, how do you like them?

To the OP... I Plastidipped my old wheels while they were on the jeep. Washed w/ soapy water, rinsed, dried and wiped them down w/ acetone. Did maybe 5 coats on each. 3 cans I think. Just make sure like someone here posted to make sure you have a lot of light while doing it... And also once you think you're done.... Pull out whatever you have covering the disc and pull your jeep forward so what was the bottom is now the top... Then spray what you missed on the bottom side.
They are the Smittbilt quick release trail mirrors, same thing as the RR. Yeah, I like them. No vibration, good visibility, easy on and off, priced good at about $50. No complaints. Plus I like that they are kind of military jeep throw back looking.
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Did you guys only spray the outside of the rim? Or did you spray the inside as well ? Thanks.
I only did the outside.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:47 AM   #18
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I only did the outside.
Same here
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:21 PM   #19
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I only sprayed the outside. Wish I knew about those mirrors... got the quadratec safari mirrors suggested by a friend and they shake like crazy :/
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Hey yall, so the first change I'm making to my 2014 unlimited sport will be to plasti dip the stock wheels. I figured it's the least expensive and fastest way to have black rims. I've read quite a few things that say it's as easy as cleaning them really good and spraying lightly, doing 3 to 4 coats. Any suggestions for me? I know to get a better result I should take them off and lay them down. Thanks!
Wash wheels and clean with alcohol.

Take the wheels off to spray them. I laid mine at a 45 degree angle on cardboard to spray them. Worked well and helped eliminate runs.

Tape up the valve stem.

Tape the tire around the wheel if you so desire. Not required.

Drop a quarter in each of the lug holes.

Put no less than eight thin coats on them. You want it thick for durability and ease of removal.

Four cans will cover all 5 wheels.
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