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Old 12-22-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Plasti Dip Instructions?

If anyone has a good way of putting plasti dip on rims please tell! I would like some good instructions, and how good they worked for you thanks
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It's really simple lol. Take off the rim from the vehicle and clean it well. Place it on the ground outside were there is sunshine. Afterwards shake the can well and spray away. Make sure you don't overspray. Look how my rims car out and they are still great no peeling or knicking on them after a month on
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:11 PM   #3
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So light spray with layers like with the nightshade on your tail lights? (I did the same thin to my tail lights)
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My tailights have tint their not plasti dipped. Do like 2-3 coats on the rims. On every coat spray the whole rim make sure yu get everything evenly and not stay on one spoke for too long
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If anyone has a good way of putting plasti dip on rims please tell! I would like some good instructions, and how good they worked for you thanks
First off you're gonna need to decide if you will be painting them while they're still on or off. I've done it both ways and taking them off to do it takes more work and if you're limited to only a jack and no stands it will take a lot longer than leaving them on, BUT it results in a much better result because it's a lot harder to get drips since the surface with be horizontal instead of vertical.

After you decide which way you will do it, you need to prep the rims. This is fairly easy and can be done by washing them thoroughly. I washed them with water and wheel degreaser/cleaner and went ahead and cleaned the entire wheel instead of just the face. After washing you need to dry the wheel and make sure to get ALL the water off. If you leave the wheels on the car you might want to use cotton swabs to get the water out of the lug nut area, if not there will be a little puddle there that will run down when you start spraying!

After washing and drying you will need to start taping off areas that you do not want to paint. These include the thread for the wheel studs (which you can tape off by stuffing a little ball of tape into them), the tire valves (just wrap a piece of tape around them as close to the wheel without actually touching it as possible and do the same for the lug nuts if you left the wheels on the car), the center caps, and the back of the wheel. If you leave the wheels on the car, taping the back might be a bit difficult when you get to wear your brakes are, but if you take your time you will get it right!



After the wheel is taped off, you might want to clean it a bit again but this time use alcohol instead of water. It will get all contaminants off and dry quickly.



Before you start spraying you will also want to block off the tires so you won't get over spray on them. This can be done by simply getting a deck of cards and placing the cards between the wheel and tire.

Now that you've prepped your wheels, it's time to spray!

Shake your can for about one minute to ensure an even spray, and spray a bit somewhere other than your wheels before so you don't get the first spray on them (the first spray usually comes out bad, even if you do shake your can for the whole minute). Begin spraying your first coat. Make sure to keep the can moving while you spray. Do NOT spray in the same spot and make sure to NOT stop spraying in the middle of the wheel! Start and stop your spray off the surface of the wheel, this will help prevent drips. At first it will look as if the Plasti-Dip is not sticking and just staying as drops on the wheel, but don't worry as you continue to spray the first coat it will begin to look more like an even coat of paint. Your can spray the first coat pretty thick, but if you feel like you're about to get drips STOP! It's better to stop and have a thinner coat than to keep spraying and get drips.



After your first coat is done you can let it sit for anywhere between 10-30 minutes, depending on the temperature outside. If it's cold, leave it longer, but if it's warm or hot it should be ready for the second coat as early as 10-15 minutes. During your waiting time, go inside tell your wife/mom/girlfriend/kids/grandma or whoever you love them and just relax! lol If you did manage to get a few gnarly drips in your first coat you can lightly, and I mean LIGHTLY!, dab at them with a shop towel or rag and spray them very lightly again! If they are very slight drips you can leave them, they will be covered in the next coat.

After waiting for the first coat to dry, inspect the wheel for drips and if you had slight drips you'll see that they aren't nearly as bad dried as they were when you first sprayed. Now you can spray your second coat. With this coat you're gonna want to spray the entire wheel again, with slight emphasis on areas that are not as dark as the rest and the spots where you wiped your gnarly drips (if you had any). When you're done with this coat you can wait the same amount of time as you did the first time or even a couple of minutes longer before you go on to your third coat.

When your waiting time is up you can once again inspect the wheel and any drips you once had should be even less noticeable now if not entirely gone. Your third coat will once again go over the entire wheel lightly with emphasis on any light spots, but remember that this coat must be lighter than your first two! Let this coat set for the same amount as the second.

When this waiting time is up you should once again inspect the wheel. If it looks how you want it you should wait anywhere from half to a full hour before you start untaping. If the wheel is not to your liking yet you can spray as many more coats as you wish as long as they are light coats, about as light as the third. When you get it how you want it you should wait up to an hour before untaping.

To untape the wheel you are gonna want to start with the tire valve, lugs/holes, and center caps. After that you can start taking the tape off of the back of the wheels. If you did all of this with the wheels off this will be much easier, but the basic process applies to wheels on or off. Start pushing the tape from the front of the wheel towards the back. If the tape starts to take some of the Plasti-Dip with it get a razor blade and lightly cut at the space between the wheel and the tape. This will separate the wheels Plasti-Dip and the Plasti-Dip that is on the tape. If you left the wheels on, after pushing all the tape our the back of the wheel you can gently pull it through the space that it was meant to block off and throw it all away. If you took the wheels off you don't have to worry about getting it out of the space between your wheel and brakes lol



After all of this you are done! I will try to include some pics of some of the steps if I can, and sorry if this is really long! lol

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Old 12-22-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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I wouldn't recommend spraying them when they are on the car because like he said try might drip and you have to start over again
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I wouldn't recommend spraying them when they are on the car because like he said try might drip and you have to start over again
Actually, if they do drip that doesn't mean you have to start over. I did three wheels on and one off. Of the wheels I did on, I think they all dripped but you'd never be able to tell. They honestly look better than the one I did while it was on! lol
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Nice instruction beto!...looking at it I wonder how your rims would look if you sprayed the spokes and left the outside polished?!!...kind of like the chrome beauty rings on old rally wheels!..
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Nice instruction beto!...looking at it I wonder how your rims would look if you sprayed the spokes and left the outside polished?!!...kind of like the chrome beauty rings on old rally wheels!..
Someone else told me I should have done that too! lol I think it would look really nice, but the taping and untaping to do that would be a *****! lol
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Someone else told me I should have done that too! lol I think it would look really nice, but the taping and untaping to do that would be a *****! lol
Simple fix, take a knife blade, and trim around the lip, and peel off the plastidip. voila polished lip.
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Simple fix, take a knife blade, and trim around the lip, and peel off the plastidip. voila polished lip.
I thought about doing that too! lol But the previous owner got some nasty curb damage on parts of the lip along with some other gnarly looking stuff so I decided to keep it as is for now, but I'll definitely post pics if I do take the Plasti-Dip off the lip! By the way, how goes your project?
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #12
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Nice write up Beto! ought to make that a sticky.

I did mine a few weeks ago- I would recommend that when you do it for the first time, take the wheels off. That way you can do the insides of the rims and then flip them over and do the front. Also less chance of it running or dripping. But for touch ups, I think I'm going to leave them on. I may pull off the lug nuts just so I don't have to mask em, but other than that I'll use the Beto method

We've had a lot of bad weather here, and of course I'm a compulsive car washer so mine are not perfect now. They look fine unless you get up on them and scrutinize, but that's what I do, so they are getting a touch up soon.

That's actually one of the things I like about the dip- easy to spiff it back up...
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Still waiting on someone to Plasti-Dip their face... Please!
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Still waiting on someone to Plasti-Dip their face... Please!
Im on it!...

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Ps...thats what she said!..
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Still waiting on someone to Plasti-Dip their face... Please!
I still have about a can and a half... Plasti-Dip rootsuit?
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I still have about a can and a half... Plasti-Dip rootsuit?
Hmm, plasti-dip racing shoes?
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Should I take the lid off on the rim and spray or leave it on?
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Should I take the lid off on the rim and spray or leave it on?
I'd see how they look off.
You could get some chrome lugs! That would look sweet!

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Hmm, plasti-dip racing shoes?
Quick! Somebody Plasti-Dip their shoes! This must be done!!! :Headbang:
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i did not take the wheels off nor did i tape anything , overspray just peels off
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How my plasti dip experience ended.

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< Great experience with Plasti-Dip. Did my rims last weekend, and my windshield wipers. Now waiting for weather to clear up so I can do everything else (cover between windshield & hood, all the air duct covers, and the cut out piece at the bottom of rear bumper). Here's my turnout so far.
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Has anyone plasti dipped the mirrors on their stang? (Mainly 05-09)
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What can I add on top of the plasti dip that can make it look shiny?
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Prolly a few light coats of clear coats, but not sure.
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