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Old 09-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #1451
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Those Plastidip wheels came out nice
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #1452
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off topic BUT, thanks for that heads up on the 20% promo code @mitchjohnson...was itching to spend some cash and saved 60 bucks just ordering some odds and ends that never seem to go on sale!
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #1453
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Excellent job on the plasti-dip! I shared it with the local forum. I was thinking about doing this with some future wheels to protect them from Alaskan Evils.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #1454
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Thanks all for the compliments. I am pretty happy with the plasti dip myself. Next to be plasti dipped will be the outer edge of the grill which is currently silver and matches nothing else on the car.

Also, has anyone found a good vinyl kit to smoke the tail lights?
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:43 PM   #1455
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I wonder if BRZ center caps would fit in 2012 Impreza Limited wheels?



That would look kinda nice.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:20 AM   #1456
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I totally agree @Chanomatik! Next time I go by the dealer I'll measure them. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:28 AM   #1457
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Hey all, I have been following this forum for a while and finally got the juevos to plasti dip my wheels. I did three coats of plasti dip followed by two coats of clear VTC wheel paint for the glossy finish. For my first time using plasti dip, I think it came out alright. Should I plasti dip the center too?





Also, I took advantage of the 20% off sale this weekend at subarupartswarehouse.com and bought the roof rack, roof spoiler, and splash guards. Use code: AUG12 - Good through tomorrow.
I've been wanting to plasti dip my wheels since forever; however, I still haven't gotten to doing them yet because I'm unsure what would be the best way to do them? Did you put your car on jack stands and do all four at once or did you use a hydraulic jack and do them one at a time. In the meantime I have plasti dipped my whole grille minus the logo and the silver fog light bezels.

I really like how your rims came out.

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I totally agree @Chanomatik! Next time I go by the dealer I'll measure them. Thanks for the idea!
And "borrow" a couple.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:55 AM   #1458
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lol. Yes, borrow.

To plasti dip my wheels I removed two wheels at a time. I jacked up the front first a threw jack stands underneath then swapped once the wheels were dry enough to mount.

I have to admit the first two wheels I did were not quite as good looking as the second, so here are my tips for plasti dipping:

There is a fine line between too wet, and wet enough. The key for me was holding the can right around 5-6 inches away from the surface. You want all surfaces to have received a wet look without spraying so much that you think it could drip off. Another reason for the 5-6 inches is that if you hold it farther away than that, some of the particles will dry before they hit the surface. This prevents a smooth surface and doesn't allow for a good gloss if you do like I did and clear coat at the end.

The pattern I used was sides of the spokes first, then finishing with the top. It was definitely difficult getting the spoke sides of this particular wheel since there are so many spokes.

Good luck in your project and feel free to ask any other questions. It was my first time, and I definitely had plenty of questions myself.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:40 AM   #1459
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^ Totally agree. The plastidip can come out more matte or more smooth depending on amount applied and distance from surface. Im gonna ad a new layer to mine eventually to correct some imperfections.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:04 PM   #1460
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Thanks and I replaced them this morning, took me all but 5mins!


I picked some of these for the L's plate bulbs.

These actually give more light output then the LED's.

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #1461
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Finally took out the Scooby on its first road trip.

Angles Camp, CA


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Old 09-05-2012, 03:01 AM   #1462
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lol. Yes, borrow.

To plasti dip my wheels I removed two wheels at a time. I jacked up the front first a threw jack stands underneath then swapped once the wheels were dry enough to mount.

I have to admit the first two wheels I did were not quite as good looking as the second, so here are my tips for plasti dipping:

There is a fine line between too wet, and wet enough. The key for me was holding the can right around 5-6 inches away from the surface. You want all surfaces to have received a wet look without spraying so much that you think it could drip off. Another reason for the 5-6 inches is that if you hold it farther away than that, some of the particles will dry before they hit the surface. This prevents a smooth surface and doesn't allow for a good gloss if you do like I did and clear coat at the end.

The pattern I used was sides of the spokes first, then finishing with the top. It was definitely difficult getting the spoke sides of this particular wheel since there are so many spokes.

Good luck in your project and feel free to ask any other questions. It was my first time, and I definitely had plenty of questions myself.
Thanks you're a great help. As far as coverage goes, did you just mask the tire sidewall and spray away? Since there is depth to the rim how much of the inner portion of the rim did you spray? About halfway? I would assume the brakes would hide most of the inner portion of the rim, so as long as coverage is good on the outer portion I'll be fine. Luckily I do have some experience from plasti dipping my grille which came out looking pretty good and my fog light bezels which looked awesome.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #1463
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I didnt mask the tire and peeled it off later. I also removed the wheel and sprayed the outside half of the inside with a coat or two.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:34 PM   #1464
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Awesome shot! I love the dgm. I'm so glad I went with that color over the silver. I have seen only one other Sport in that color in the flesh so I'm happy haha.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #1465
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Here's mine guys! http://i.imgur.com/WcieK.jpg

'13 sport premium. Dark grey metallic. 5speed. Spoiler, splash guards, strake, underspoiler. All-weather mats, cargo tray, seat-back protectors. Adding leather too

First new car. I'm stoked! Though the 8-12 week wait they estimated is going to be tough. I have zero patience.
maybe a stupid obvious question, but havent bought a car in 16 years, need a replacement for my volvo. subs are the new volvo, right? so, you can special order outside what is offered in their packages? like you, considering sport premium,for the manual, but would like to get leather, which is not offered w/ package. this can be done?
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:46 AM   #1466
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Awesome shot! I love the dgm. I'm so glad I went with that color over the silver. I have seen only one other Sport in that color in the flesh so I'm happy haha.
I read this thread all the time and can't wait for my DGM to arrive!
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:02 AM   #1467
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I didnt mask the tire and peeled it off later. I also removed the wheel and sprayed the outside half of the inside with a coat or two.
By outside half of the inside do you mean the inner portion of the rim or just the opposite side of the rim?
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:21 AM   #1468
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Thanks you're a great help. As far as coverage goes, did you just mask the tire sidewall and spray away? Since there is depth to the rim how much of the inner portion of the rim did you spray? About halfway? I would assume the brakes would hide most of the inner portion of the rim, so as long as coverage is good on the outer portion I'll be fine. Luckily I do have some experience from plasti dipping my grille which came out looking pretty good and my fog light bezels which looked awesome.
I actually used blue painting tape on the inside of the wheel to prevent thin over spray which is difficult to remove if you end up wanting to take the plasti dip off (so I've heard). On my wheels when its bright outside you can see that the inner part of the wheel is still alloy, but I kind of like it.

For masking the tire, using 3x5 note cards wedged around the crevice really well. It also prevents any paint/plasti dip from getting up into the crack on the tire. Not a totally needed precaution, but it was my personal preference to block the tire first rather than try to remove the spray from the tire later.

Happy spraying!
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:48 AM   #1469
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By outside half of the inside do you mean the inner portion of the rim or just the opposite side of the rim?
inner portion, the wall(s?) on the inside of the rim. i wasnt really sure how to describe it. lol
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #1470
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maybe a stupid obvious question, but havent bought a car in 16 years, need a replacement for my volvo. subs are the new volvo, right? so, you can special order outside what is offered in their packages? like you, considering sport premium,for the manual, but would like to get leather, which is not offered w/ package. this can be done?
NOPE! It's pretty limited really. The top of the line MT can't have a sunroof, for example.

That being said, in a few more years I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for a totaled Impreza with leather.

From what I have heard about this, it's just too small of a company to offer a lot of options. Another fail is that black cars come with tan, not black interior. Or the option to choose!
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:44 PM   #1471
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Thats why I got the DGM. I wanted to stay away from tan interior. i didnt realize how popular dgm was until I found this site.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #1472
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NOPE! It's pretty limited really. The top of the line MT can't have a sunroof, for example.

That being said, in a few more years I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for a totaled Impreza with leather.

From what I have heard about this, it's just too small of a company to offer a lot of options. Another fail is that black cars come with tan, not black interior. Or the option to choose!
Well, kind of. You can't get leather stock in the premiums, however my dealer does a bunch of aftermarket leather on their cars. They also say they do aftermarket moonroofs, but that scares me. But since I wanted the manual transmission I got the premium sport and will be adding leather through my dealer when it comes in. For a full list of the other options you can add, I just used this checklist on Edmunds. It shows the invoice and MSPR of each option and seemed easier than the Subaru site.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:31 PM   #1473
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Well, kind of. You can't get leather stock in the premiums, however my dealer does a bunch of aftermarket leather on their cars. They also say they do aftermarket moonroofs, but that scares me. But since I wanted the manual transmission I got the premium sport and will be adding leather through my dealer when it comes in. For a full list of the other options you can add, I just used this checklist on Edmunds. It shows the invoice and MSPR of each option and seemed easier than the Subaru site.
Yes I have also heard about this aftermarket stuff. But I'd really rather get my hands on the OEM gear if possible.

There's also quite a few leatherette seat cover options out there... But again I would really prefer the oem seats and a steering wheel would be great too! Dang.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:42 PM   #1474
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Yes I have also heard about this aftermarket stuff. But I'd really rather get my hands on the OEM gear if possible.

There's also quite a few leatherette seat cover options out there... But again I would really prefer the oem seats and a steering wheel would be great too! Dang.
thanks for the info, guys.
not crazy about making these kind of decisions. leather or 5 spd.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:26 AM   #1475
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I actually used blue painting tape on the inside of the wheel to prevent thin over spray which is difficult to remove if you end up wanting to take the plasti dip off (so I've heard). On my wheels when its bright outside you can see that the inner part of the wheel is still alloy, but I kind of like it.

For masking the tire, using 3x5 note cards wedged around the crevice really well. It also prevents any paint/plasti dip from getting up into the crack on the tire. Not a totally needed precaution, but it was my personal preference to block the tire first rather than try to remove the spray from the tire later.

Happy spraying!
Thanks, so you've basically just had the surface/exterior portion of the rim plasti dipped, is that correct?

Over spray and layers of plasti dip too thin to be peel off can be easily removed with WD40.
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inner portion, the wall(s?) on the inside of the rim. i wasnt really sure how to describe it. lol
Haha, so basically you more or less plasti dipped the whole rim?
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