Plasti dip can be a great way to literally paint new life into your vehicle. Unlike full paint jobs, plasti dip is much cheaper and flexible.
With Plasti-dip you can:
- Do More for Less: For a mid-sized 4-door car, you’d need just three to four gallons of plasti dip, roughly $180-$240, while a shabby paint job can cost up to $750!
- Be Creative: A plain paint job can go over $750, but with multiple cans of plasti dip, you can try different things like stripes or shapes without additional costs.
- Try Again: Peeling off plasti dip is easy and leaves no damage behind. Got tired of white? Peel it and use some red instead!
- Save Time: Applying plasti dip and waiting for it to dry is faster than getting a paint job! With just 4 hours of waiting your new ride will be ready to shine!
The possibilities are endless! If you’re interested in a 2color plasti dip, follow me! I’ll walk you through the process!
How to Plasti Dip Rims Two Colors
If you’re time constricted and you’re wondering how long does it take to plasti dip rims, don’t fret, it doesn’t take too long!
Be it a plain job or a more complex 2-tone job, you’re going to need the same materials.
- 4 to 6 Cans of your desired Plasti Dip.
- Cleaning solution (a fast-drying cleaner or soapy water work).
- Masking material (Painter’s tape is essential).
- Microfiber Cloth.
A proper session of plasti dip involves:
- Cleaning Wheels Thoroughly: It is important you clean your wheels before applying the plasti dip. Dirt, debris, and grime make It harder for plasti dip to adhere to your wheel’s surface.
- Masking: If you’re looking for a plaint plasti dip (i.e. no designs or shapes) then you must mask the brakes (gently but completely) and maybe the lug nuts (if you’d like to).
If you plan on a 2 tone plasti dip, then you have to do more complex masks (nothing too time-consuming).
- Coats: I recommend a minimum of 3 coats, although some folks go over 5! To lay a coat of plasti dip, you’ll use arced, side-to-side motions, it is important that you don’t stay still. You must go through all angles. You’re going to do this on all 4 rims. Wait 10 minutes and repeat until you reach your desired number of coats.
- Drying: Between 25 and 50 minutes should be enough to roll again. Once you’re certain everything is dried, feel free to give a thorough wipe to add the final touch.
A good way to speed drying (even between coats) is using a hair dryer but be careful with the angles and the potency.
With all things considered, the process shouldn’t take more than two hours, even with three coats per rim!
2 Tone Plasti Dip
To do a 2 tone plasti dip, or really any kind of plasti dip layering, you must think about what you want to get, is it stripes, shapes, or designs?
Getting different masking materials such as different sizes of painter’s tape, electrical tape, plastic bags, decks of cards and even cardboard cutouts will make your work much easier.
- Once you have your wheels clean and ready for the first coat, lay tape in the zones you want to have strips, and then apply the first three coats (wait 10 minutes in between each coat or accelerate the process with a hair dryer).
- Remove the tape carefully. It is of utmost importance that you remove the tape while the plasti dip is still fresh. If it dries out it won’t look as good.
Rim Walls Instructions
- Once you have your wheels clean and ready for the first coat, wrap each rim spoke with a plastic bag (and the hub), and then apply the first three coats (wait 10 minutes in between each coat or accelerate the process with a hair dryer).
- Remove the plastic bags from the spokes (do it while the plasti dip is still wet), and now tape them to rim walls. Apply the first three coats to the spokes and the hub.
- Remove the bags once everything dries.
Rim Outer Edge Instructions
- Once you have your wheels clean and ready for the first coat, spray one to three coats of plasti dip in the outer edge of your rim. Let it dry.
- Lay tape in the outer edge you just coated, and then spray three (or more) coats of the second plasti dip. Use arced, evenly-paced motions all over your rim.
- Remove the tape while the plasti dip is still wet.
There is a wide assortment of plasti dip enhancers to make your plasti dip colors even better.
One or two cans of Plasti Dip Glossifier will ensure a shiny, glossy finish for all your rims. Ideally, you should wait until the standard plasti dip is dry before applying any enhancer.
Where to Buy Plasti Dip
If you’re looking to get some Plasti Dip and you’re unsure where try one of the following options:
- eCommerce Sites: eBay, Amazon, Plasti Paint USA, Dicom.
- Home Depots: Walmart, Ace Hardware, Auto Zones, Lowes.
- Your Local Store: Really, it doesn’t hurt to check!
Some regulations apply, for example, you might have to buy Plasti Dip 50 or Plasti Dip Spray. Avoid issues by checking regulations beforehand!
Plasti Dip is becoming more and more popular amongst automotive enthusiast, those of us who like switching colors and designs a lot are going to enjoy it the most.
If you end up not liking your new rubberized coating, peel the surface off! It can be used on anything from badges to grilles. Oh, and don’t worry about car washes, if you properly applied three even coats, you can be sure it won’t be falling from the water.
I hope this article helped you understand more about plasti dip and the different techniques you can use to pimp up your car. Good luck!