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rovert 12-19-2012 03:59 AM

Winters have been DIPPED!
First of all....I'll show you the DON'T.


Don't spray plastidip when it's cold. I accidentally sprayed the can when the temps were around 40F outside and it came out chunky and thick. Good thing I can just wait a day and peel it off to start over!


Now I put my cans in hot/warm water to keep the paint warm. The warmer the paint, the finer the mist molecules and the move even the coat. I still think I have a lot of learning to do because I'm not 100% satisfied with the matte appearance compared to real paint or wrapping.

Take a cleaned wheel...or a freshly ripped of Plastidip mistake. LOL


Start with a light coat:

Keep doing it after about 10-15 minutes of set time:

It'll get darker but don't ever let the paint get so thick that you see it go super shiny because it MAY run...

After about 4 light coats and 2 moderately heavy coats I got this:

Now I used a special Gold Plastidip Metalizer which will spray gold flakes all over the black base creating a dark bronze up to gold depending on how many coats you use. I used 3 coats to create this effect:



Wait for the right time to mount...well try to be earlier than this....LOL

And then the final product for a totally different look for winter!


It's hard to catch this finish in light...maybe someday I will find a place with better lighting to work with. I hope I prepped it good enough and sprayed good enough to be durable for the winter as I see how well this product can be torture tested on Youtube. It was a fun project that costed less than $50 and easily reversible. :thumbsup:

steve.k 12-19-2012 05:46 AM

Dude, that looks sick!! You've got me thinking to do something similar with my 68's.

Dan1el 12-19-2012 05:52 AM

Looks good! :thumbup:

330i ZHP 12-19-2012 05:58 AM

green wheels?

xfixkaos 12-19-2012 07:23 AM

Actually looks pretty sweet bronzed like that nice!

peytonracer4 12-19-2012 07:34 AM

Very very cool. Get it from dip my car.com?
I was thinking about doing mine a less subtle blue if I can find it available at my local store. Not worth the wait and hassle of shipping to me.
Looks really good though. You should consider actually painting them that color

BmwSonora26 12-19-2012 11:37 AM

Nice job!

rovert 12-19-2012 12:16 PM

Did someone say BRIGHT Green??????!!! LOL

Baby Blue:

Laguna Seca Blue (I tried...LOL):

Oxford Green:




And oh YES.....Hot Dubber Pink:



Gun Metal/Graphite:



And then my color!

Deep Bronze:

This stuff seems to be a great tool to see if a certain colour looks good on the car for cheap and then you can paint it professionally in a more permanent manner.

aikmanson 12-19-2012 12:32 PM

Nice OP. I'm thinking of dipping my winters, mainly because the current finish on them is just horrible.

Devious1 12-19-2012 02:54 PM

i would have never thought... but i actually miss seeing those stock wheels, and they don't look that bad at all for stocks.

serdar255 12-19-2012 03:33 PM

Your tires are gold.

Other than that that's pretty cool.

steve.k 12-19-2012 04:40 PM

How will you go about cleaning the wheels? Just wash with water or sponge too?

HBizzo88 12-19-2012 04:44 PM

Righteous!!! Righteous!!!!

jamib3 12-19-2012 04:53 PM


Originally Posted by steve.k (Post 14994000)
How will you go about cleaning the wheels? Just wash with water or sponge too?

Yup nothing abrasive and it will clean right off.

peytonracer4 12-19-2012 05:32 PM

How many cans did you use of black? I'm getting some right now. But not in black :eeps:

Jeger 12-19-2012 05:36 PM

Nice Deep Bronze, love it !! :)

Barbaros 12-19-2012 06:11 PM

Saw the title and said "sheet man another plastidip crrap!" but wow man that really turned out great! I have done lots of wheels in black but never thought about spraying a coat of that gold can! Genius! Btw yes plastidip in cold is horrible. It will spray out like it spits!!!

rovert 12-19-2012 06:38 PM

It's too cold and crappy outside to be worried about cleaning the tires. Mild rubbing will roll the left over plastidip off so I'm not in any worry. I also have the DipYourCar fix kit with whatever thinner they use so I can just rub it on a towel and mildly scrub the tires and it'll just come loose.

I used approx one can per wheel and one can of metalizer for all 4 wheels. You may use only 3 if you don't do the whole wheel. I decided to to all the wheel inside and backside to make sure there is no chance for contaminants to get under the plastidip. Less than $40 job if you don't have to redo any "fudgeups."

Studdly_Studright 12-19-2012 08:16 PM

Looks good! I've been wanting to try out the metalizers and the gunmetal color..I just know it's going to suck spraying my 14 spoke wheels.

rovert 12-19-2012 08:28 PM

Just spray sideways and don't worry about straight on. The faces will still get a coating at a 45 degree angle. Just be patient and work many thin coats and never force it. There's always another try within 10 minutes. :)

Metalizer is really easy. You mainly just spray at 45 degree angles to partially get the spokes because the face will be most visible. :) Metalizer is so diffused and fine is goes everywhere so it's easy to create even coats with it!

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