Post by Steven Clark
Before any of the non-auto enthusiasts out there shift delete this email read this first : ) It seems everyone these days is interested in personalizing their belongings from their cars down to their phones. For most of these items its easy ways to tailor the colors and look to fit your personality.
When it comes to your car though, especially for those who are not familiar with working on cars, it may seem like a lost cause. Customizing the color of car parts requires paint, a body shop and lots of $$$ right? Think again! Using a product called Plastidip you can change the color parts on your car from an emblem or even the entire car without ruining your paint. Here is an example of the recent job I did on my ride:
How does this not ruin your paint?
Plasti Dip is just a rubberized coating that you can spray on in aerosol form. When multiple coats are sprayed on it creates a solid layer of rubber that just sits on top your paint and can be peel off. At that point if you decide you want to remove it can use something like a toothpick to get behind the layer to start a peel and peel it right off. Plasti Dip comes in a couple of different forms and these days you can get it a variety of colors and styles. There are many resources out there, but if you are interesting in learning more you can visit http://dipyourcar.com. They offer a wide variety of plastidip products and have good information. I have also created a little how-to on my process if you’re interested.
Step 1: Prep
- Thoroughly clean the area you are going to dip. This will clear anything off of the clear coat to make sure there are no contaminants between the dip and clear coat. There are a number of ways to do this. I used just a little bit of alcohol and a rag.
- Mask each area.
- Make sure cover a wide area to avoid any overspray from landing anywhere else on the car. Although it will come off you would better off having it collect on the newspaper than having to scrub it off of your car. (See photos)
- Make sure you tape off a nice solid area around the item you are dipping. This will help create a nice peel at the end. (See photos)
Step 2: Paint
- Before you begin spraying make sure to shake the can thoroughly for at least one minute.
- Start from the top and spray side to side as you go down.
- Make sure the can is maybe 6 inches back from what you are spraying. This will ensure a lighter coat, so that it won’t clump.
- Spray lightly and quickly to also ensure the coat is not too heavy. You will be doing multiple coats.
- Once you have done your first coat wait at least 15 minutes before doing another.
- The number of coats to do is debatable. I usually do between 5-7.
- After your final coat allow at least 4 hours of drying time before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Peel
- Peel all of your newspaper and tape off leaving the nice solid plastidip square that you taped off. (See photos)
- Start peeling slowly from edge of the square and it should easily peel behind the item you were dipping. (See photos)
- If there are any other open areas use something with a point to try get underneath and get a peel going. I recommend a toothpick. (See photos)