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Has anyone ever used it? My girlfriend and I were thinking about plasti dipping our rims and possibly the headlights and taillights. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on it? Is there something better to use? Is it easy? Could you plasti dip your whole car if you wanted to? If you've used it let's see some pictures maybe? Thanks!

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I've never done it myself but you can dip practically anything from what I've heard.
Not sure about the head and tails though.


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It looks cheaper than lipstick on Richard Simmons. I've heard the best part about it is that it comes off easy. If the best part about something is taking it off then why even put it on?
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Has anyone ever used it? My girlfriend and I were thinking about plasti dipping our rims and possibly the headlights and taillights. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on it? Is there something better to use? Is it easy? Could you plasti dip your whole car if you wanted to? If you've used it let's see some pictures maybe? Thanks!
https://www.dipyourcar.com/

Seen it on taillights and it looks like crap. Better off with VHT NiteShades or regular tint film for tails and headlights. Some really amazing jobs out there on cars tho.

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PlastiDip is really good - for certain things. Many people use it on wheels and emblems. What's nice about being able to remove it is that it's very "forgiving" - if you get some overspray on your paint, it's no big deal, you can remove it easily (unlike real paint). While I wouldn't do my whole car with it, I think it's great for things like emblems - and it does NOT look cheap at all when used for certain things. You couldn't tell my emblems are dipped instead of painted. And they've been dipped for years without issues.

As mentioned above, it's not good for head/tail lights. For wheels or emblems, absolutely. One member even put silver dip on his fake woodgrain and it looks great (and again, has been there for years).

There are plenty of videos on-line. If you look at my garage, you will see my emblems - front is dipped white and rear is dipped black. I even used dip on my license place to help "hide" my backup camera. It's a great product for certain things.

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for the rims, i've seen the videos on youtube where the vinyl wrap them using a hair dryer and squeegee to adhere the panel to the rim. looks cool but ask yourself the question, what happens when you hit a curb or rock chip? you'll now have a glaring silver spot showing through. i've never used it but be practical with it. emblems are a good use (or you could scuff and paint for a more permanent solution. youtube is filled with these types of videos. as for the headlights and tail lights i do caution strongly against wrapping or tinting them. yes it's cheap but after your done can the cars see your lights in broad daylight? i see the people on the road that tint their tail lights and find them unsafe depending on how dark they went. i personally want people to see my lights so they DON'T HIT ME!

the solution to that is to get DOT approved lights that are blacked out from the factory so the lights still show through (i personally bought a pair that even have LEDs in them which look pretty cool!). here are a version of mine through the seller VIPMotoZ (great customer service) 2006-2013 Chevy Impala LS LT SS [Phantom Smoke] SMD High Power LED Tail Lights | eBay. i've had no issues with those lights (although the stock looking blacked out headlights from them i'd avoid personally as two sets have leaked moisture even after trying to silicone the leaks). for the headlights i've seen nothing but good things about the company called Spyder.

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I've heard the best part about it is that it comes off easy.
I'm pretty sure plasti dip is made to come off easy so if you change your mind it's not gonna cost a lot to remove it. That's what it said on the cans I saw anyway.

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Defiantly don't use it on headlights or tail lights.


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Tail lights and headlights are a no go with plastidip, too dark and hard to see through. Get some window tint or VHS nightshade and go that route.
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I used for winter rims before. Would not use for nice weather rims based solely on aesthetics.

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I used it on the wheels and emblems of my old VW Jetta. Really looked nice (took my time and did it right). My car was so old, there was zero point in putting any money into it (had 292k miles on it when I sold it) so plastidip was cheap and fine for what I needed.

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I've had my rims, side mirrors, and roof plasti dipped for almost 3 years now. Its been through multiple Michigan salt filled winters, and they still look pretty darn good. Plasti dip is a perfect low-budget solution to get some custom looks. It comes in a spray can, and essentially all you have to do is spray it on (light coats).


The thing with plasti dip is that its just canned rubber. So when you're applying it, you have to have multiple coats. If you do not apply multiple coats, you will have the WORST time ever trying to remove it. The thicker the rubber, the easier it is to remove. For my rims, I used about 1 can per rim, and applied 2-3 light coats to the rims, letting them dry for about 20 minutes in between. Then I followed that up with 3 more heavy coats, covering the entire rim with a nice thick coats, letting them dry for 30 minutes in between. Now I went from black, to red, then back to black on my rims, so I have about 16+ coats on them lol. So they are very durable and will be very easy to remove. As for my roof, I only did about 6 coats, and I plan to peel it off this summer, so we will see how it goes.


As far as care goes, be very careful about running your car through a car wash. It HAS to be a No-Touch car wash, otherwise your dip will get ruined. I've been hand washing my car for the past 3 years, because I'm too worried about my dip getting ripped off. Also, if you do get a rip or tear in your plasti dip, there is no patching it. You have to peel it all off and start over. So be careful!


Now when I first got my car, I plasti dipped my emblems and spoiler, but didnt put enough coats on either of them. When time came to remove the dip off my spoiler, it was a complete nightmare. The dip kept ripping because it wasnt thick enough and it took me a few hours to get all of it off. But now they have a Dip remover solution that helps loosen it up.

I think plasti dip is a great way to customize your car if done right. I loved it for the time that I've had it, but I would like to move onto Vinyl wraps. If you have any questions at all about plasti dip, feel free to ask away. I would be more than glad to help answer any questions!

Here is a current picture, along with some previous pictures of my red rims.


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