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Old 03-14-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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In another thread on here someone mentioned this stuff Plasti-dip. After looking it up online, I found several places that have it in rattlecan form.

I was thinking this would be cool to spray my plastic trim around the bottom of the doors with this stuff, due to the rubberized finish. However, I haven't found any in any other color than yellow... does anyone know if they make the stuff (or something similar) in black?
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:38 PM   #2
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I've seen it in paint buckets in yellow and blue, but never in a rattle can. It seems like that stuff would just peel off eventually.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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Nevermind, I'm retarded. Googled "Plasti-dip black" and found it right away lol.

I'll let you guys know how it turns out.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:50 PM   #4
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Are you doing this for visual purposes only, or is there something else you're trying to acheive? Just curious.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:07 PM   #5
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Kind of a twofold reason. Firstly, I've been converting my old tan L interior to black to match my wrx dash, and despite Rustoleum textured paint for plastic's durability, it just isn't enough for the daily abuse of those high traffic pieces. I figured the rubberized coating would work well, be easy to clean, and i doubt it would look bad. If it bonds to the plastic right, which several people have assured me it will, it could be a cool solution for those particular pieces.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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plastidip bonds to about everything! it is a huge pain to get off anything you don't mean to have it on. i use it often for wire joints that need to be waterproof, also use it for tools and RC car electronics. (servos can be dipped in plasti-dip)
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:02 PM   #7
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nice! A hardware store has some near me, so I'll be pickin some up and experimenting with it.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:38 PM   #8
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From what I gather, Lowes stocks the stuff.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:53 PM   #9
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i just bought some form lowes an hour ago, in the paint section. about 5 bucks a can. it owns...my wanna be s204 interior is drying as we speak
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:03 PM   #10
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I demand pictures! I'm stoked to try this
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:15 AM   #11
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...I have dealt with it in the past....READ and FOLLOW the directions ! ! !

Do NOT get it on anything other than what ya want it on ! ! !

It takes longer to completely cure than you THINK
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:35 PM   #12
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LOLerskates, I did the radio trim with the black plasti-dip rattlecan stuff and it looks great, easy to clean, and holds up to just about everything you throw at it.
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Lowes for sure. I did my interior trim with plasti-dip black from a rattle can...that stuff is sweet.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:21 PM   #14
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You need to post pics
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:16 PM   #15
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I picked up four rattlecans of the stuff today, and will be spraying various bits of my trim shortly, including the rotating part of the hvac knobs, I think it'll be sick for those to be rubberized! I'll post pictures as soon as it's dry.

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any update on pics

im curious how it came out as well
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+2.......we've been waiting......PICS!
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:24 PM   #20
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Sorry, I've been messing with it and forgot. I'll get a few and post them up, along with some lessons learned. Give me 20 min.

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Old 03-19-2007, 03:06 PM   #21
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OK guys, here's the synopsis. This stuff is great. However, there are some things to watch out for, which luckily I seem to have run into so you don't have to.

First off: I had originally painted these pieces in Rustoleum textured paint for plastics. It was sticking well, except on these pieces where stuff scratched against them heavily a lot. Anyways, I figured it would be ok to just wash them and spray over it. I was incorrect. The plasti-dip sticks to the paint, then peels off and leaves the original tan plastic panel. Luckily this happened on my test piece before I sprayed all of them.

So I peel off the plasti-dip (worked well, kinda comes off like contact paper or something) and then proceeded to sand the pieces. I used 120 grit I think, since it was what I had, and I figured the plasti-dip would go on thick enough to hide the scratch marks left by the sandpaper. I was wrong again. The spray on plasti-dip is not as thick as the paint on or dip on versions, and it recommends you do several layers. Even then, the sand marks were really obvious. I re-sanded the panels with 220 grit, and it made a huge difference, but I think the damage was done. It doesn't look awful, and they'll do for now, but I'm going to keep my eyes out for new panels so I can start from scratch eventually.

But on to the good news. This stuff owns. If prepped correctly (which you should be able to do now) it sticks to the panels amazing. I've tested them with my fingernails, a flattip screwdriver, the works, and there is really no situation these panels would encounter that would cause this stuff to scratch off. And, it looks great, like a flat black. Here's a couple pictures of how mine turned out, but remember they still look kinda crappy from the sandpaper incident.




Also, I pulled apart my hvac knobs and sprayed the part that turns with it, this was after my experience with the other pieces. Light grit sandpaper and a wash, then 4 coats of plasti-dip. It came out great, and it's pretty sweet having a rubberized grip feel on those knobs. The rest of the parts were sprayed with the textured paint for plastic, and the JDM s204 center buttons should be here sometime in the next month. I also stuck my new Clarion head unit in there, to give you a better idea of how it would look in the dash, but also just to show it off



Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to help if I can.
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what colors does it come in? and is that the stock texture on the panels i see or is it a texture you get from the plastic-dip?
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:09 PM   #23
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I'm unsure what colors it comes in, I know it comes in yellow and several others.

As for the texture, on the interior panels you can see the original vinyl ish pattern through the plasti-dip. The spray in and of itself has almost no texture.
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okay i might have to pick some up tonight... how long do you let it dry until you apply the next coat and how many coats? how is the rubber texture?
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It says to let it dry a minimum of 30 min between coats, and I stuck to that pretty well. I've done anywhere from 4 coats on those knobs, to 10 on some of the door strips. It's just how thick you want the rubber. When in doubt, go for more lighter coats than fewer heavy ones, I've noticed it doesn't look as nice if you spray it on really thick.

The rubber texture is awesome though, and really durable.
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