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Finished Plasti-Dipping the stock LS Rims
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject:  Finished Plasti-Dipping the stock LS Rims Reply with quote

Done! Took a couple hours and less than $30. I masked the tires but after I peeled the tape and newspaper off I decided I didn't even need to mask them. I actually sprayed extra on the tires. It just makes the tires look nicer (no lie). Didn't (couldn't) count the coats, because my impatient self just basically did a half hour long semi-continuous coat on all four wheels. The stuff runs but evens itself out very nicely. Only had to do a couple of touch ups with this strategy. I am incredibly satisfied. It took all of 3 cans, and that includes plastidipping the front emblem. It's so easy, 3 17 year olds can do it!

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This stuff was so easy to work with! It was incredible, and I love the results! I power-washed my car (when I hit the wheels I stood about 5-10 feet away) and they held up fine with quite a bit of driving today and yesterday. I'll keep you guys posted long term. I can't get over the awesome results.

Ignore everything I just said and tell me your opinions!
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 10:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think they look great buddy good job!

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Looks good, but one thing has me puzzled with the plastidip craze. What happens when you need to have the wheels rebalanced? Do you have to remove the entire job and redo the job? How hard is it to remove the plastidip if that's the case?

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Looks good, but one thing has me puzzled with the plastidip craze. What happens when you need to have the wheels rebalanced? Do you have to remove the entire job and redo the job? How hard is it to remove the plastidip if that's the case?


From what I have seen on youtube. it seems to be fairly easy to remove.

I think this will be my next mod. It seems to be a very easy and affordable way to change up the look and protect your wheels at the same time. My chrome grill will also get a treatment.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Very nice job! I really like the outcome. You stole the center cap idea from my mind! MIND THIEF!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Looks good, but one thing has me puzzled with the plastidip craze. What happens when you need to have the wheels rebalanced? Do you have to remove the entire job and redo the job? How hard is it to remove the plastidip if that's the case?


as long as the wheel is clean and waxed or polished, it peels right off.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I really want to do this to change up my ride a little but every example I see looks like the rims are dull. Is there no way to have them glossy?

BTW, good job! Cool

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 1:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

sure.....clear coat it
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ok, I know you did not dismount the tires from the rims, but did you take the wheels off the car? Or paint them while on the car? I cannot wait to do this to my winter rims!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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sure.....clear coat it


This won't compromise the integrity of the plastidip? Or negate its ability to peel off when necessary?

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I really want to do this to change up my ride a little but every example I see looks like the rims are dull. Is there no way to have them glossy?


I thought the matte appearance was part of the appeal...

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I really want to do this to change up my ride a little but every example I see looks like the rims are dull. Is there no way to have them glossy?


I thought the matte appearance was part of the appeal...


Not for me if I'm doing my wheels. I like them to shine. Cool I've read a few threads on other forums that mention doing a clear coat but nothing with an update afterward. Maybe I'll just call the company and ask them directly.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 1:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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sure.....clear coat it


This won't compromise the integrity of the plastidip? Or negate its ability to peel off when necessary?


it would likely make it difficult to peel.....I thought they had a gloss version available, I"m just not sure where. But I may be wrong, I haven't really looked at it in a couple weeks.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just got off their website. This was the answer to the gloss finish on their FAQ page...

Our Perfomix® Brand F-799 Top Coat will provide a glossy finish and is currently available in 5 gallons and 50 gallon drums

http://www.plastidip.com/faq.php

So great. I just need to get a 5 gallon drum of it. Anyone wanna go halfs? Razz Confused Crying or Very sad Sad

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 6:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you want a shiny finish on your wheels, why in the hell would you look at plastidip as an option? You should just paint your wheels and add a clear coat. There's no point in clear coating over plastidip. The plastidip lays on with a textured finish. Adding clear over top of that will give you a shiny wheel that has orange peel like no tomorrow that can't be fixed.

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