Plasti dip, as defined by plastidip.com, is “a multi-purpose, air dry, specialty rubber coating. It can be easily applied by dipping, brushing, or spraying. Plasti Dip protective coating is ideal for a broad array of do-it-yourself projects around the home, garage, garden, and elsewhere.” One of the most popular uses for plasti dip, though, is on your favorite form of transportation. Anything from emblems, to wheels, to an entire vehicle, plasti dip can transform the look of any vehicle. Not only is it a great way to change a vehicle’s color, but it also is good for protecting the paint from rock chips and fading. With proper upkeep, it can last anywhere from 3-5 years or longer.
When it comes to actually dipping your vehicle, there are some tips that might make the job go a little smoother:
- Practice first. The most important thing that I can tell you is to practice spraying on something before you start your project. Practice definitely makes perfect.
- Be sure you have enough product. You want to make sure you have enough for whatever it is you’re plasti dipping. If you’re ever unsure, we at The Dip Doctors would be happy to give you a quote.
- Clean the object you’re dipping. Wash whatever you’re plasti dipping with soap and water, dry it off, and then wipe it down with some form of paint thinner. Our favorite option is NAPTHA.
- Start thin. When you start to spray, you want to start with even, thin coats and build up slowly.
- Don’t spray too heavily. If you spray on the dip too heavily, you will end up with runs just like any other sort of painting.
- Stir the paint throughout each coat. Shake the can or swirl the spray gun throughout each coat to ensure that none of the dip settles, especially if you have added in pearls.
- Wait the proper amount of time between coats. It’s recommended between 30-40 minutes between each coat, but don’t be afraid to wait longer if you feel that the dip hasn’t completely dried.
- Don’t wash it right away. You’re going to want to wait a few days before you wash your vehicle after you’ve applied plasti dip to allow it to completely set.
- Touchless car washes are okay. As long as it’s a touchless car wash, there won’t be any sort of issue, other types of automatic car washes should be avoided.
- Dip coat often. Dip coat is a product that can be purchased to keep the plasti dip looking as good as the day it was first applied. For best results, you want to dip coat at least once a week after washing.
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