Repainting is one great way to breathe new life into our vehicles, be that a car or a truck, but it can be kind of expensive, and fortunately, there’s a cheaper solution!
Plasti Dip provides you with an affordable way to get a fresh new look without entirely committing to a permanent change. For those of us that would rather spray certain parts of our vehicles, such as spoiler, hood, wheels, or greenhouse, it becomes even cheaper!
In this article I’ll walk you through:
- Where to buy Plasti Dip?
- How to apply Plasti Dip?
- Costs of applying Plasti Dip on your whole car.
- Costs of applying Plasti Dip on your rims.
- Removing Plasti Dip.
Alright, without further ado, let’s get started!
Where to Buy Plasti Dip at the Lowest Price
The popular e-commerce sites that offer different Plasti Dip products include Plasti Paint USA, Amazon, and eBay. I personally prefer local home depots or stores, as they carry a wider slew of Plasti Dip products and generally cheaper! You’ll find some of them in Ace Hardware, Auto Zones, Lowes, and Walmart.
In some regions, only certain products are allowed, such as Plasti Dip 50 or Plasti Dip Spray. Be sure to check any regulations that might apply! Plasti Dip Spray -for instance, can’t be used or sold in Arizona, California, Tennessee, and Rhode Island, no matter if personal or professional.
If this is your first time doing this. Perhaps it’d be wise for you to get a kit instead.
Here is an example of the professional kit from Amazon.com:
These are solid kits. Many retailers offer different kits, and some offer customizable kits. They’re a great choice, a single gallon of Plasti Dip is about $60 so do the math!
If you want to Plasti Dip your wheels in two colors, read this first!
How Much Does It Cost to Plasti Dip Rims
For Plasti “Dipping” your rims you’re going to need a lot of painter’s tape and a few cans of Plasti Dip.
You can apply the Plasti Dip while the wheels are mounted or not, what matters the most is that you mask off areas that can’t be coated, such as the brakes.
Normally, a single wheel will take an aerosol can do the job, but I recommend adding at least 3 coats to each wheel to ensure some resistance against the road grime.
Let’s go over the process:
- 4 – 6 cans of the Plasti Dip of your choosing.
- Fast drying cleaner.
- Masking material such as painter’s tape.
- Microfiber Cloth.
- Clean wheels thoroughly, you can’t allow dirt or grime! This will make it harder for the Plasti Dip to cling to your wheels.
- Mask the brakes gently!
- Lay the first coat. Use arced, side-to-side motions, spray while moving. Go through all angles, not just from above. Do this on all 4 rims. And wait 10 minutes.
- Repeat the process, try to get some of the spray on the edges of the rim and the tire itself. Wait 10 minutes.
- Repeat the process, for the third and final layer. You can opt to do another layer if you’d prefer.
- Allow 30-50 minutes for the Plasti Dip to dry.
Plasti Dip Price for the Whole Car
If you want to cover the entirety of your vehicle with Plasti Dip, the costs will vary because of sizes and number of coats.
Refer to this list for a rough estimation of how much you’ll need:
Considering that the price range for a gallon is about $50 to $65, plan your budget accordingly, remember you’ll need some cleaner and tape as well for masking off!
Let’s address the process to dip your car! (No dipping involved).
Below is the short description of plastidiping the wheels, take off your car. If you do not to do this – read our short instruction how to do it right on your car.
- The required amount of good Plasti Dip.
- Fast drying cleaner. (Choose one from the reviewed here)
- Masking material such as painter’s tape.
- Microfiber Cloth. (Read our review what to buy)
- Worksite with plenty space for ventilation.
- Aerosol can (or spray gun).
- OPTIONAL Plasti Dip Primer.
- Make sure the surfaces are clear and free of debris, dirt, grease, and oil. Dirt-ridden surfaces are bound to lose the product faster. For brake dust use the proper cleaning solutions.
- Mask all the areas you don’t want to get the coating on.
- OPTIONAL Apply the Plasti Dip Primer on surfaces of the vehicle that feature deteriorated finishes. Use a sprayer as well. Let it dry for an hour.
- Mix the product well. Keep the sprayer about 10 to 12 inches away from the surface, and perform even arced passes, spray while moving to avoid forming drips or thick spots. Layer the first coat, and let dry between 15 to 30 minutes.
- Continue layering coats until the third. Do a fourth one if you want to! Give 4 hours at least to dry.
Removing Plasti Dip
As you can see, Plasti Dip provides you with an affordable, durable, and above all, easily removable coat of “painting” for your car or truck.
When the time comes, you can easily remove the Plasti Dip using a pressure washer, mineral spirits, sandpaper, or even your own hands (and a flat object).
If you’re gentle enough, the paint will be exactly the same as it was before, and now you can coat it again in another color!
I hope this review helped you find what option suits you the best, good luck!