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Plasti Dip: Rim

Post by Jarrodr » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:37 pm

I Plasti dipped my wheels this weekend. Also did some other mods, try spot them :cool2: .

So I thought I’d do a little write up on Plasti dipping your rims.

Items needed:
• Plasti Dip (I used 4 cans, bought it from builders for R132)
• Car Shampoo / any cleaner for your rims
• Brush and rag

Firstly, you have to remove your wheel. (I know there are methods of dipping your rim whilst not removing the wheel but I chose not to because I wanted to make sure the entire rim was cleaned and dipped.)
Make sure to wash and clean the front and back of the rim, use the brush to get those tough marks off. After your rim is all shiny, dry it.

Now comes the fun bit, dipping the rim. Pop out the centre wheel cap and dip it separate from the rims. You’ll find plastic and metal require different spray intensities.
There is no need to protect your tyre from overspray because once the Plasti Dip is cured, it will peel right off – seriously, peel right off.

Start with the first coat holding the can 15cm away and the wheel should be placed on a flat ground with the front facing you. Spray a portion at a time, starting with the circumference then blades, repeat this triangular motion. Allow 10 minutes of drying time then go on to the next coat.
From coat three you should lean the wheel against a wall or something so that it is upright. This will allow you to get to those difficult bits. I found rotating the wheel whilst dipping works wonders.

After the fourth coat, dip the back but keep in mind this doesn’t have to be perfect because you can’t really see it from the front.

Tips/ lessons learnt
• Preparation is key so clean and dry the rims with a passion.
• I dipped 1 rim at a time, this way you learn from your first attempt.
• The first coat will never cover the entire rim, the aim is just to get a base coat done. From the third coat you should be seeing results.
• Make sure to wipe the nozzle frequently.
• Your trigger finger should not cover the entire top of the nozzle, the spray will start to drip.
• Keep a spare can in the car for random touch ups, if and when.

Before I started:
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After removing the wheel:
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After cleaning and drying the rim:
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First Coat:
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Second Coat:
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Fourth Coat:
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Wheel Nuts:
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Final result:
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Re: Plasti Dip: Rim

Post by BlackR » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:15 pm

Nicely done buddy.
A very good write up too!
Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work
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Post by Slim-TypeR » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:59 pm

Thats just brilliant, and yeah good write-up. Well done man :cap:
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Post by Jarrodr » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks guys
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Post by Gardiner » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:59 am

that does look very neat! calipers too
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Post by Red_Beast » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:10 am

Too awesome man!! This is defs my next move!! :cool:
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Post by WAR Machine » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:20 pm

Looking good man... Nice one... Looking forward to some more pics...
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Post by johndev » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:01 pm

Very nice work! And good write-up too.
Curious to know how well it lasts though...especially since you mentioned it peels off the rubber once cured.

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Post by Jarrodr » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:25 pm

Will definitely take more pictures this weekend, my car's a mess after the trip from the coast.

It bonds to metal really well but I guess scratches will be a weakness... thus the spare can in the boot :D
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Post by HondaTypeRe_spec » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:57 pm

:thumbup: NICE ONE !
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Post by Ash » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:30 am

looks good man, keep us posted on wear!
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Post by Jarrodr » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:29 pm

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Here's a better picture after the car wash.

Washing the rim is a breeze, either a high pressure hose or soapy sponge will do the job. Right now, my worst fear is that rim cleaning brush :crazy:...
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Post by BfOrKeD » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:56 pm

Kind of a "stupid" question but...
Is plastic dip the spray paint "thing"

I saw it at builders but I wanted a goldish color and found nothing... also did not seem as easy as you made it seem lol

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Post by Gardiner » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:08 pm

its like a rubberiser that you spray on like paint.

@Jarrodr: 1 month down the line how is it holding up? peeling or chipping?
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Post by Jarrodr » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:48 pm

Gardiner wrote:its like a rubberiser that you spray on like paint.

@Jarrodr: 1 month down the line how is it holding up? peeling or chipping?
Still holding like a boss. :cool2:
Just need to buy some black wheel nuts because they tend to peel off when you use a wheel spanner.
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Post by Bravo » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:39 pm

Looks good. Well done.

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