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Old 09-05-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Plasti-dipped wheels

People have been talking about plastidipped wheels, and I haven't seen too many posts with actual pictures of it done. I found some on google, and then decided it looked like an easy way to see how my wheels would look if I were to paint them. I figure this could be a place for people to post pics of their plastidipped wheels and other items so people can know what it looks like.

So, I just plastidipped my wheels over the weekend and tried leaving a sort of polished lip around them. I know that they're not perfect, but I like the way they look and am seriously thinking of getting them professionally painted this way.

As well, I plastidipped the chrome window trim and the rear piece above the license plate, and my roof carrier bars. This should give people an idea what it looks like. I figure that this stuff will scratch off of the roof carrier bars as soon as I use them, but I will probably paint them for good.

And again, I KNOW it's not perfect, you don't have to tell me. It probably bothers me more than you.

Also, as I'm in Florida, pictures with the car dry are a little hard to come by with the huge storm that's been sitting on us for the last 5 days. I will post some better ones later.

And if anyone's wondering I have 35% tint on all my windows minus the windshield.







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Old 09-05-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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looks good, i just wonder how it will take brake dust
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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I doubt it will last very long...good luck
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:25 PM   #4
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Nice. Very Darth Vader. Hope it lasts for you!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:29 PM   #5
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I don't see the point to painting with rubberized spray that will rub off with ones thumb. Seems like either a misguided attempt at doing something different or a colossal waste of time
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:31 PM   #6
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It's going to look horrible by the end of the month. Again...plastidip is NOT for wheels.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:46 PM   #7
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plastidip?? you should've just used rustoleum or whatever rattle can stuff.

plastdip is not durable. Atleast when it starts getting ugly, you can just powerwash it off.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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I must say u spend alotta time on using the plasticdip and must wasted like 10 cans lol?
But its true the wheels is not going to last long... should have spray painted it gold rather than plastidip... if i were to ever spray paint mine...

But even other spray paint out there is not that good... including rustoleum and other stuff, basically i think anything sprays out from a can will not last...
Because when u drive rocks and crap will hit ur rims and like make wherever the rock touched a different color spot, and what r u going to do about that when it turns ugly...?
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:20 AM   #9
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I must say u spend alotta time on using the plasticdip and must wasted like 10 cans lol?
But its true the wheels is not going to last long... should have spray painted it gold rather than plastidip... if i were to ever spray paint mine...

But even other spray paint out there is not that good... including rustoleum and other stuff, basically i think anything sprays out from a can will not last...
Because when u drive rocks and crap will hit ur rims and like make wherever the rock touched a different color spot, and what r u going to do about that when it turns ugly...?
Enamel based spray paint will not chip. Knowing how to properly prep for painting also makes a huge difference.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:21 AM   #10
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what a rip off i was thinking some was diping their wheels in melted plastic
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #11
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:facepalm:
Plasti-dip is rubber, therefore, if it gets dirty, it'll look like ass and will be a bitch to clean off.
Fortunately, you can just peel it right off. Which it will, without you touching it.

If you want a good look, use actual paint with prep. Time exerted=results achieved

I've said this many times in other threads, Plasti-Dip is for interior only, not exterior!
I don't understand; Plasti-Dip is not some magical paint that's good for everything; I've discovered it's ONLY good for interior plastics.

What's next, spray on Plasti-dip condoms?
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:29 AM   #12
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it's a cheap trend...and honestly I wouldn't even use it on interiors simply because they need cleaning. I fell into the plasti dip'd trim piece movement. It has a nice texture...but that is it. After trying to clean it up, I rolled it off and repainted it with matte. No texture but it still looks great and cleans up
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:56 AM   #13
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Here's my 2011 hatchback with black plasti dipped rims.
Sorry bout pic on my crappy phone
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:58 AM   #14
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I've had great luck with plasti-dip in my interior, no chipping or rubbing off even with cleaning, but I would never use it on my wheels......
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:05 AM   #15
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I plasti-dipped the grill on my truck... had it on there for 4 months and had zero issues(no rock chips or anything). I traded the truck for the WRX or i'd still have it.

Plasti-Dip is cheap as hell and comes off when you want... who gives a rats ass if it doesn't last for more than 6 months. Plus it's an amazing way to see if you want them PC'd and it's not permanent like a rattle can paint job.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:08 PM   #16
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looks good, i just wonder how it will take brake dust
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I doubt it will last very long...good luck
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Nice. Very Darth Vader. Hope it lasts for you!
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I don't see the point to painting with rubberized spray that will rub off with ones thumb. Seems like either a misguided attempt at doing something different or a colossal waste of time
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It's going to look horrible by the end of the month. Again...plastidip is NOT for wheels.
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plastidip?? you should've just used rustoleum or whatever rattle can stuff.

plastdip is not durable. Atleast when it starts getting ugly, you can just powerwash it off.
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I must say u spend alotta time on using the plasticdip and must wasted like 10 cans lol?
But its true the wheels is not going to last long... should have spray painted it gold rather than plastidip... if i were to ever spray paint mine...

But even other spray paint out there is not that good... including rustoleum and other stuff, basically i think anything sprays out from a can will not last...
Because when u drive rocks and crap will hit ur rims and like make wherever the rock touched a different color spot, and what r u going to do about that when it turns ugly...?
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Plasti-dip is rubber, therefore, if it gets dirty, it'll look like ass and will be a bitch to clean off.
Fortunately, you can just peel it right off. Which it will, without you touching it.

If you want a good look, use actual paint with prep. Time exerted=results achieved

I've said this many times in other threads, Plasti-Dip is for interior only, not exterior!
I don't understand; Plasti-Dip is not some magical paint that's good for everything; I've discovered it's ONLY good for interior plastics.

What's next, spray on Plasti-dip condoms?
All of you are dumbasses. No, wait, all of your parents are dumbasses for raising you so badly. Read his initial post. He said it's only temporary to see how it will look. Jesus. What a country we have.

At the OP, do you have trouble seeing at night with 35%? I'm thinking of going with 40%.

As for the blackout, I'd leave the trim around the windows chrome. Since your car is already dark, removing that chrome makes the car look cheaper to me, like a base model. But I'd black out the fender emblem instead. Also, I'd not leave the chrome ring around the rim exposed, but that's just me. To me, it looks like a fake 2-piece wheel. It might be less "poser" to just color the whole rim black in my opinion.

Also, consider removing the door bumpers. I did it to my WRX, and to me the car looks a lot cleaner and smoother with less unnecessary lines. But we forewarned. Removing them was a royal PITA. And you'll have to polish out the scratches with rubbing compound and rewax the doors. Took me several hours for two days to get my doors perfect, but I like them a lot better now.

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:23 PM   #17
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Looks sick man. Nice work. I'd say get em painted like that
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:42 PM   #18
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yes take those door bumper things off. They look awful. It will be worth the time once there off. And I like the wheels. I think they look good. I plan on doing my window trim with this stuff soon. Only reason I'm not going to paint them is because I like the idea of it being removable. This way If I don't like it, peel it off. Or if I do like it and it peels off, then next time around ill just use actual paint. Plastidip is just a good way to see a temporary change, you can't expect it to last on the exterior.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:48 PM   #19
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i plasti dipped my wheels and have my bug eye with the "audi front" and no problems even with pressure washer
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:55 PM   #20
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All of you are dumbasses. No, wait, all of your parents are dumbasses for raising you so badly. Read his initial post. He said it's only temporary to see how it will look. Jesus. What a country we have.

At the OP, do you have trouble seeing at night with 35%? I'm thinking of going with 40%.
Thanks for saying that and saving me the trouble. Of course it's not permanent, it would be stupid to try and maintain this stuff on wheels. It's a temporary way for me to get a vision of what my wheels would look painted this way. Now I can make an educated decision on whether I want to paint them or not.

35% works great and is legal in like 40 out of 50 states. That's why I picked it originally. I think it works just fine at night and I haven't had any problems seeing. I wish it were a little darker, but I will be moving soon so I wanted to make sure that I would be legal in both states and anywhere else I might move.

ALSO, these pictures were taken after driving on back country roads, and on freeways for 150 miles through a Tropical Storm, and I would have to say that they held up pretty well. So it can obviously handle TONS and TONS of rain, and at least 150 miles of nonstop driving. And this was less than 12 hours after having finished spraying them, so it didn't even cure all the way.

Cleaning them is actually REALLY EASY! You take a hose and your finger and just rub the dirt off the parts that are dirty and spray it down at the same time. Cleans up super fast. I spent about 5 minutes cleaning all 4 wheels, and they looked like I had just sprayed them.

Regarding brake dust, WHO CARES? They're black already!

Also, it only took 5 cans. Pretty cheap to be able to see how everything looks and yet not ruin anything IMO.

I'm glad at least one person realized how stupid those comments were.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:57 PM   #21
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Maybe it's just me but I prefer the door bumpers. It completes the lines on the car and extends the line created by the STi badge on the side :shrug:
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #22
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I plasti-dipped the grill on my truck... had it on there for 4 months and had zero issues(no rock chips or anything). I traded the truck for the WRX or i'd still have it.

Plasti-Dip is cheap as hell and comes off when you want... who gives a rats ass if it doesn't last for more than 6 months. Plus it's an amazing way to see if you want them PC'd and it's not permanent like a rattle can paint job.

Is there a clear version of Plasti-dip? It might make a for a cheaper alternative to a clear bra.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:44 PM   #23
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Is there a clear version of Plasti-dip? It might make a for a cheaper alternative to a clear bra.
Yes they have a clear

http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip

You can also get a "create a color" kit
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:54 PM   #24
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i plasti dipped my rims 4 months ago, since then i have been stuck up to my chasis in sand, been camping with huge rocks in the road bouncing off my rims. They still look as good as new. AND brake dust and dirt is easy as hell to wipe off with a rag.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:55 PM   #25
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oh i also use a 1550 psi pressure washer on my rims. no problem for the plasti dip.

Dont knock something and sound like an idiot if you dont have experience in it.
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