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Old 09-04-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Three things they don't tell you about Plastidip

And I scoured the board making sure I had everything down pat.

1. Place wheel high enough off ground so that a large male dog is not able to lift his leg over it. After tediously cleaning and prepping my wheel, applied first coat and brother's dog casually whizzed all over it within 3 minutes of application

2. Don't believe the story about dip just peeling off the tire. It will easily peel off the 1st inch away from the rim but the stock GY Wrangler tires have 5 million little ribs in them once you get past the first inch and red plastidip shows up real well in the ribs. Used a wire grill brush to get most of it out. Will prolly try vaselining the tires or wrapping them next time.

3. Never try to get the last little bit out of the can or your wheel will look like a big round Chia pet. When you get near the bottom of the can toss it.

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Maybe the dog was telling you he didn't like it?

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Red wheels? Let's see!
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And I scoured the board making sure I had everything down pat.

1. Place wheel high enough off ground so that a large male dog is not able to lift his leg over it. After tediously cleaning and prepping my wheel, applied first coat and brother's dog casually whizzed all over it within 3 minutes of application

2. Don't believe the story about dip just peeling off the tire. It will easily peel off the 1st inch away from the rim but the stock GY Wrangler tires have 5 million little ribs in them once you get past the first inch and red plastidip shows up real well in the ribs. Used a wire grill brush to get most of it out. Will prolly try vaselining the tires or wrapping them next time.

3. Never try to get the last little bit out of the can or your wheel will look like a big round Chia pet. When you get near the bottom of the can toss it.

^^^This!

I was going to put a post up about that very same thing, but everybody was so blissfully spraying and peeling that I didn't want to be the naysayer.


After test spraying the spare (with horrible results in the overspray area), I decided to just tape off the tires. It was easy and worked like a charm.
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So you didn't do any sort of masking? ....sorry but that's gotta be #1 or #2 rule of painting. I know "plastidip isn't paint". It's close enough. ESPECIALLY if you're doing a color like red where overspray would be fugly.

I have to LOL @ the fact the dig pissed on your handiwork. That's classic

Plastidip is nearly impossible to get off in the right circumstances. I have a buddy who wraps vehicles for a living. a customer brought in their ghetto-dipped Ferrari.....it took him many hours to get that crap off the Ferrari. So write this down. If you own a Ferrari, don't plasti-dip it. His customer bought it cheap already done like that, as a "POS I can leave in FL"....gotta love rich ppl.
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Never thought of intentionally greasing parts I don't want to paint as "masking" good idea.
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I'll try to get a pic up, yeah spare tire now has 1 can of red dip and 2 coats of glossifier. And doesn't look shabby at all. Test run for when I rotate my tires and do the other four. I think I will do the Jeep centers in black.
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I'll try to get a pic up, yeah spare tire now has 1 can of red dip and 2 coats of glossifier. And doesn't look shabby at all. Test run for when I rotate my tires and do the other four. I think I will do the Jeep centers in black.
Gonna do one in each color?

Alright, I seriously am curious as to how that looks...don't tell anyone though.
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I won't tell, they can't all be black you know
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i tried the plasti dip trend as well and quite frankly it didn't do anything for me.... it looks good from far but from good. i tried about a good handful of times on my front grill and it never came out perfect. even with masking certain areas as well as taking your time. my grill still ended up looking like crap.

i think i'll stick to taking certain items to my paint guy rather then wasting money on plasti dip.
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I used plasti dip, it was one of the easiest products I've ever used. I researched the web and found out the best way to do it. It sprayed on much easier than spray paint. And I just had to remove it from all five wheels to return the jeep to the dealer. If it is put on thick enough, it peels off easily. What doesn't peel off is easily removed with goof off.
The best masking method is the card method. I had zero overspray on the tires. Also, it is much easier if you take the 2 1/2 minutes it takes to take the wheel off of the jeep.


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I'm kinda embarrassed you caught me with my top up today,



Here it is before I added the Smitty rails.

What do you think? Should I go for the other four? Like I said dip the center caps black. I left this one plain just to see.
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I'm kinda embarrassed you caught me with my top up today, Here it is before I added the Smitty rails. What do you think? Should I go for the other four? Like I said dip the center caps black. I left this one plain just to see.
Your Jeep go for it if you want BUT that's A LOT of red if you do all the wheels.. Just my opinion here
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And I scoured the board making sure I had everything down pat.

1. Place wheel high enough off ground so that a large male dog is not able to lift his leg over it. After tediously cleaning and prepping my wheel, applied first coat and brother's dog casually whizzed all over it within 3 minutes of application

2. Don't believe the story about dip just peeling off the tire. It will easily peel off the 1st inch away from the rim but the stock GY Wrangler tires have 5 million little ribs in them once you get past the first inch and red plastidip shows up real well in the ribs. Used a wire grill brush to get most of it out. Will prolly try vaselining the tires or wrapping them next time.

3. Never try to get the last little bit out of the can or your wheel will look like a big round Chia pet. When you get near the bottom of the can toss it.
Lmfao - I am addicted to plastidip (no surface is safe) and that is a great list - especially #1 - Murphy's Law!!! At least it wasn't after the 5th coat...

I think it looks sharp on the spare, but not sure about the rest. Have to figure brake dust, road grime, & mud on the regular tires will never quite match as well (unless you wash frequently - I don't).

Ever seen "rim blades"? Way to add a little color to the other tire rims - more subtle/less upkeep (I'm considering getting lime green - haven't decided). Just a thought.
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I see a red wheel and I want to paint it black.
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I see a red wheel and I want to paint it black.
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It's a test run. I got a black top, black fenders, black bumpers, black rails, black tires
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Or I could dip them black and use red centers
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^if u test run the black w/ red centers I'd like to see that
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That would be easy, the centers just pop out, anyone already running black could do it in a heartbeat.
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Well: Thanks for the tip on rim-blades.....my wife has a "new" 2012 Volvo that has a bit of rim-rash.....I'll look into this.

As for Plastic Dip: I did my wheels AND tires...ya I know....but I wanted to get rid of the white letters without taking the tires off. It works great.
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Read this thread because of Line #1. Which I thought was hilarious.
I don't plasti-dip, but came up with a good way to edge out fine lines or areas you don't want to paint or plasti-dip. Hot glue. My wheels have a thin inset line of chrome on the edge- no way to really sand it without mass pain. No way to tape it off. So I filled it with hot glue. Once I painted around it- I took a blade around the edges just to make sure the paint had a clean edge and wasn't stuck to the glue. Peeled the hot glue out. No paint worked underneath the glue in any spot. Worked really well. Hot glue guns are really cheap and so are the sticks. Just don't tell Martha Stewart.
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That's a good bit of info.
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2. Don't believe the story about dip just peeling off the tire. It will easily peel off the 1st inch away from the rim but the stock GY Wrangler tires have 5 million little ribs in them once you get past the first inch and red plastidip shows up real well in the ribs. Used a wire grill brush to get most of it out. Will prolly try vaselining the tires or wrapping them next time.
The key is it will only peel off if you have at least 4-5 coats. So any over spray you want to peel off needs to be thick.

Tape off on the tire about a half inch from the wheel and then be sure beyond that is covered with paper so no random over spray. Then just be sure that half inch between the tape and the wheel is covered with plasti dip just like the wheel itself. Now that half inch area will be thick enough to just peel right off.

This video is showing the taping of chrome but it shows how you need to leave about a half inch and be sure to spray it with all coats. It also shows how if there isn't a nice breaking off point you need to pull the tape while the dip is wet. I did all my chrome on a new '14 Cherokee and it came out great. It also peeled off very easily when I traded on the Wrangler!


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