PlastiDip is a rubberized spray on paint that makes it really easy to spray many different surfaces without the normal hassle surrounding spray painting. You don't have to sand the surface being sprayed, and you don't need primer. When spraying anything that's now new however, you should use some mild thinner / cleaning solution to properly clean any waxy / oily residue from teh surface(s) being sprayed. Also, if you don't like the result, you simply peel it off.
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Also, if you spray your entire car another colour using PlastiDip, you don't have to notify the DVLA, as it's considered a 'temporary' coating. You probably will need to let your insurance company know though, as they will most likely consider it a modification.
PlastiDip spray can be done with a proper spray gun, or from an aerosol can. Using a spray gun allows you to add 'enhancements' to your PlastiDip paint, whereas getting it in an aerosol can limits you to what the supplier manufactures.
This guide is just a record of my first attempt at using PlastiDip, and I used it on some chrome painted plastic emblems.
There is a video at the end of this guide, showing the actual spraying of the emblems.
Tools Required -
Time Required -
- PlastiDip spray (aerosol for this guide) in your desired colour
- Flat surface you don't mind getting PlastiDip on (though it peels off once dry, so in theory you could do it on any surface)
- Strong toothpick (plastic) or wood kebab skewer to assist if peeling some of the PlastiDip off (especially on over-sprays)
- A very sharp blade (such as a hobby knife) that you can use to make a cut in the PlastiDip to separate PlastiDip you want to keep from PlastiDip you want to remove
- From start to finish about 5 to 6 hours, but only a few minutes of actually spraying - the rest is waiting for the PlastiDip to dry between coats
Locate the area you want to work, and ensure it is -
Clean the items to be sprayed and ensure they are dry. Place them on a stable flat surface
- Well ventilated (or ensure you have a breathing mask to cover your nose and mouth)
- Not in direct sunlight
- Not in a windy area
Ensure you have enough time to spray at least 4 coats, leaving 15 to 30 minutes between coats (so 1 to 2 hours)
Let's do it then -
When using the PlastiDip can for the first time, or if you are re-using a can you have not used for a while, shake the can vigorously for at least a minute. It's also recommended that, when you spray, if you spray for more than a few seconds at a time, you shake the can a couple of times. Also remember to shake the can for about 10 to 15 seconds before applying a new coat.
The first coat should be a light coat, just enough to make a very lightly smoky covering, which has a 'wet' look to it. I sprayed a little too much, but it's not serious
Wait for 15 to 30 minutes for the first coat to dry (don't touch it) and then shake the spray can vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, and apply a second, heavier coat
The image below shows how I did not put an even coating over the entire length of the item, so part of it is still smoky. This is not too serious as long as you remedy it immediately (before the coat starts drying) or ensure you remedy it on the next coat. Do NOT try and remedy it half way through the drying time
After waiting 15 to 30 minutes for the second coat to dry, shake the spray can vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, and apply a third coat. You will notice on this coat I ensured I properly covered the mis-sprayed area from the previous coat
After waiting 15 to 30 minutes for the third coat to dry, shake the spray can vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, and apply a fourth coat.
I did not apply a fourth coat, as I was too impatient . This does show in some areas, as explained below. After you get more practice, you will be able to judge whether you need more coats.
The pictures below show how my emblems looked after drying after the third coat. You may notice that I have not worried about ensuring the side of the S in Type-S is properly sprayed. This is because I was planning to peel it off anyway. HOWEVER - it is easier to peel off a thicker layer of PlastiDip, than just the first one or 2 coats. Once again, with practice you will get to know 'how much you need' to enable easy peeling
After drying a little more, it went a bit darker and you see the matt effect more (they're not really this shiny - I took the pictures at a bad angle )
Once you have applied all the coats you want to apply, leave the items for at least 4 hours to allow the PlastiDip to properly dry.
I took the emblems inside after a while and inspecting them, I noticed that I hadn't done a very good job of ensuring all surfaces were properly sprayed with all coats, as is evident from the 'spattered' effect on the bottom of the Civic emblem. Ah well, you live and learn.
The top looks good though, and you will notice the matt effect becoming more apparent after some more drying time
This one seems to be better on the bottom than the other emblem, but still not 100%
At this stage, I started peeling back PlastiDip from the S.
And yes, I mean peel
And the finished product
Note, if you are going to remove some of the PlastiDip, and need to get into narrow spaces, using something like the sharp end of a toothpick is handy.
I also used this hobby knife to make a cut in the PlastiDip that is just enough to separate the PlastiDip I want to keep from the PlastiDip I want to peel off.
Video showing the actual spraying of the PlastiDip -