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Old 04-11-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Plasti Dip. Yay or Nay?

I am thinking about plasti dipping my stock chrome wheels in matte black. I have read 4 to 5 coats is best. Anybody have negative or positive long term experiences with this? I read and saw videos about how to do it with the wheels still on. Stay off of the lug nuts? Does the dip come off easily? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

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Old 04-11-2013, 11:32 PM   #2
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I strongly recommend this! Looks awesome IMO. I did 4 coats of plasti dipping and they turned out great! Check it out.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #3
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I didn't do the lug nuts and I think it looks good that way and it "can" come off easy if your "trying" to get it off. But I've ne'er had issues of it peeling off.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:44 PM   #4
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Yes do it. 5 months on mine so far. It lasts through power washing. Great product, 4-5 coats, focus on hard to reach places. It will look great.
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Unhappy I suck at Plasti-Dip

ITS EASY TO SCREW UP
I sort of hate plasti-dip . Mostly because everyone seems to love it so much, and they talk me into trying it again. For small emblems like the Jeep logo it works amazingly well. Large areas are harder to get a good even finish. I have tried it 3 times. The first 2 times was the grill. Both times I ended up peeling it off after because it had shiny and rough areas in the mostly matte finish. I had problems with the end of the can spitting out blobs screwing up the texture. I learned that you have to put at least 3 very solid coats to get it to remove real nice in a sheet. The more the better. Even if you mess up I would still put some extra coats on. Otherwise you will be rubbing it for ever. Like peeling off a white sticker too fast and having to rub that sticky residue off.

MY WHEELS CAME OUT GOODISH
I now have my wheels plasti-diped. They have been going strong (with my bad spray job) for about 6 months. It's just now starting to look like they could use a touch up . I've carefully pressure washed them and put them through about 5 car washes. I decided with them to use a can per wheel which seems about right. I sprayed it really fast, light, dry, coats moving the can quickly over the whole surface (about like Fonzie's first coat in the video, but for the whole thing). It ended up coming out with a velvet type of texture to it. So I have realized that you need to at least end with a wet coat fast enough where it won't drip. Make sure to check out the Fonzie on YouTube "dipmycar" to get an idea of what your going for. Here is one of his many videos below.



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  • It's best to spray when the can isn't cold
  • I would not use the last 10% of a can on any big area to avoid the spitting blobs. Leave the end of the cans for an emblem or something.
  • Put it on thick (by useing many layers) so you can remove it as a sheet, vs a tar like rubbing removal you get with thin applications.
  • I think it's best to remove the wheels first. To keep the lugs from ripping it put quarters over the holes. They are the perfect size. I've rotated my tires 2 times with no ripping. SIDE NOTE quarters are exactly 1" so you can measure stuff with a few of them.
  • Getting a trigger grip is a very good idea. My trigger finger was shaking after I did mine without the grip, so it was hard to spray.
  • Trying to keep the can spraying at 6" or so seems to be ideal. Pulling to far away can cause a texture to form.
  • I have also found that with spray cans it is always best to spray swiping into a touch up area vs shooting at an area. That avoids drips.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:32 AM   #6
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Did it about a year ago and love it. I just have to touch it up from time to time.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #7
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Thank you so much for all the feedback. I am excited about it and you all gave me confidence and things to watch out for. I will post pics in a reply in a couple of weeks when I get to it. Thanks again -- great forum responses and pics. More than I hoped for.
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Nice Pics

MrSig--Did you spray your lugnuts too? Bamafever--That is pretty much what my jeep would look like with it done, so thanks for the clear indication.
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I did my rims. They looked great but the finish came off after a few weeks. Tried again and thwy lasted longer about 3 months this time but it started peeling off again so I took it all off and havent felt like retrying it. Maybe I was doing it wrong though
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Tip - First couple coats should be light. Putting it on too thick during the first couple coats doesn't seem to "grip" the surface as well.

For example. There is a youtube video of a guy who dipped his entire JK and then tried to peel it off. He had a hell of a time because he put it on light and only a few coats.

I dipped mine 4 months ago ... still perfect.
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I strongly recommend this! Looks awesome IMO. I did 4 coats of plasti dipping and they turned out great! Check it out.
looks great!!! I did one coat and it has held up for about 14 months but showing some signs of wear. Next time I will do it right and not in a hotel parking lot while on the road!!!!!! This is definitely way better than shelling out an obscene amount for powder coating or painting. This is also a significantly cheaper alternative to buying Mopar stock rims in gray or black, i would buy a new Jeep sooner than pay Mopar what they are asking for new wheels. I wonder of they are made of gold?
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Bamafever19, did you take your wheels off to dip them?
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Plasti-Dip is great. You live in the states so purchasing these cans wont be bad for you i believe 5-10 bucks.
Here in Canada they cost 20 bucks a can. :/

Anyway, I did the front grills of 2 jeeps more than a year ago, and it still looks good to this day, no touch ups, nothing. been through all kinds of car washes - power washed it wiped it down, and still OK! I used 2 cans for each grill - i think worked out to 4 or 5 coats for each grill with about a 5 min break in-between each coat.

As a side note, i didn't bother covering the signals when i sprayed these. as soon as i was done the last coat, i let it dry a bit, and just peeled the signal light portion away with no issues. clean break from the rest of it.

This product works really well. I'm thinking of doing the inside of my hardtop next.






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Grill

I have a few dings on my grill and am now thinking about dipping that after I saw those pics. Nice idea and looks like you did a nice job. Was the grill easy to take off?
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I did two thicker coats back in November. Has held up great, but I've only washed my Jeep once since then.

Love the look...go for it.
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I was on the fence about it but decided why not. I did my wheels. Masked off the outer ring for an accent, put some old lugnuts in the holes (wheels off the jeep) to keep the mating surface clean so that rotations would not peel off the dip layer, & did about 4 light coats.

It turned out really well but I got tired of it after about 7 months. Trips wheeling on rocks took portions off & although it can easily be touched up, it just got old so off it came last month.
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I have a few dings on my grill and am now thinking about dipping that after I saw those pics. Nice idea and looks like you did a nice job. Was the grill easy to take off?
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Taking off the grill is fairly easy.



Note: when your removing the spigots they might break, don't worry about it, they will still hold things in place when you put everything back. When you watch the video you'll know what I'm talking about.

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I think plastidip is pretty cool. There are people that love it and some people that dislike for some reason (silversport?!?!). But really it is the single easiest, cheapest way I have ever seen to dramatically alter your jeep without ramifications. 6 bucks a can and you can go nuts. Then if you really don't like it, just peal it off! I did my grille and part hood the first night I got the jeep home. I planned on redoing it, because I didn't remove the grille, it was my first time, I didn't do it "perfect" and never thought it would last. Well, I still get questions and comments everytime I am out. I will still peel it off and either redo parts of it or have it pro painted the same way. But at the least, it gave me and idea of what it would look like. Really, I think there are alot of areas that I wouldn't mind with some temp rubber coating. I wish I would have created it...
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MrSig--Did you spray your lugnuts too? Bamafever--That is pretty much what my jeep would look like with it done, so thanks for the clear indication.
Yes I did the lugnuts. I did not pull my wheels off I just put some bags over the rotors and did 3 coats than rotated the wheels 180 deg and did 2 more coats.
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Why get the nice wheels just to screw them up. Plasti dip looks like crap on vehicles.
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I like it, but it definitely looks better on certain color jeeps, just like black or body colored flares or grill do. I popped out the center cap and didn't do the lugs, I didn't want it to look like it was just spray bombed while on the jeep.
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Why get the nice wheels just to screw them up. Plasti dip looks like crap on vehicles.
I think the 7 spoke wheels look better in black. There are some good photos for comparison somewhere around here.
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Why get the nice wheels just to screw them up. Plasti dip looks like crap on vehicles.
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Meh.... To each their own.

I love my (very dirty) plasti-dipped wheels.

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Why get the nice wheels just to screw them up. Plasti dip looks like crap on vehicles.
I get quite a few complements on my plastidip wheels. People are also impressed that its not permanent.
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GOO-GONE HELPS REMOVE STUBBORN PLASTI-DIP
I just removed my plasti-dip from my wheels. About 30% didn't come off with peeling. It would come off with heavy rubbing very slowly into little balls of plastic. I found that "goo-gone" works wonders on those areas. After about 10 second for it to absorb it comes off much easier by balling up. It still took about 3 hours to get it all off. There was no wheel damage.
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I did my old rims in plastidip and they looked great and the finish lasted for a long time
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GOO-GONE HELPS REMOVE STUBBORN PLASTI-DIP
I just removed my plasti-dip from my wheels. About 30% didn't come off with peeling. It would come off with heavy rubbing very slowly into little balls of plastic. I found that "goo-gone" works wonders on those areas. After about 10 second for it to absorb it comes off much easier by balling up. It still took about 3 hours to get it all off. There was no wheel damage.
Easiest way to remove Plasti-Dip is to spray it with WD-40. Let it soak for a few minutes and then take a pressure washer to it....comes right off with no scrubbing.

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