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Old 09-30-2011, 10:59 PM   #41
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had anyone tried this with chrome trim? i'm guessing i'll have to sand it down. not sure if it'll last or if i'm better off just using paint.

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Not sure what you mean...this IS on chrome trim. You mean around the doors? I've seen it done without sanding. If you're gonna sand, just get paint. Otherwise it defeats the purpose of the plasti dip (reversibility).
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:59 PM   #42
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Old 11-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #43
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Is it me or all the pictures broken?

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Old 11-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #44
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #45
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they are broken
I fixed them. Sorry 'bout that!
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:34 AM   #46
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For those looking, Delmarco did an amazing job with the sunglasses compartment/ashtray diy with plasti dip.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=plasti+dip

I will be doing this soon. Will be sure to post results in the appropriate place.

Honestly I was considering trying to get my steering wheel plastic wrapped in the same titan silver of my interior trim, or possibly just going to plasti-dip route.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:53 PM   #47
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how has this method held up to washes? i use a microfiber wash mitt.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #48
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I've had no problems with it whatsoever. I believe that the longevity of the finish relies 100% on the quality of the application. Don't rush it...let it dry in layers. Don't over apply. There are some small spots that have been nicked from stones, so I will probably need to reapply in the summer. I usually baby it when I hand wash the car, but I've used auto washes with brushes and not had negative results. Even my mirrors' Plasti Dip is holding up.

I did my dad's grille on the Honda Ridgeline, and it did peel off on his first wash, but the plastic was much smoother and it was a rush application. Like I said...apply and allow time to dry!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #49
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Doing this later, will post pics
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #50
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If you have a 328i don't do this, getting the plasti dip off the holes in the 8 will be a sh1tfest.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:32 PM   #51
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I took the badges on mine off first and then painted itClick image for larger version

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #52
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Did my grills with a local fanatic buddy last night. Literally couldn't be easier. We removed them and put them on cardboard and then worked on installing his subs in between coats, looks great! Debating lower grill, badge and door trim next.





Sorry for the crappy iPhone pics in the dark...
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #53
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I just plasti dipped my center console trim and dash trim. Doing my arm rests this week. It's been a full week and even with constant traffic on the console it has held up very well.

Like many say it depends on your strategy on applying it. You must do at least in my opinion 4 coats solid spray with even coats done. Must allow at least 30 minutes between coats and obviously do it in a warmer climate. Don't paint or spray anything when it's moist out from rain etc.

When the can gets low *throw it out* don't try and use every drop or you will get spurts of more air than paint and it will cause ugly paint splatter. I can post pictures if anyone is curious to how it looks.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:51 PM   #54
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:30 PM   #55
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Here are a few quick iPhone photos I took to give a show of the plasti dipped trim.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #56
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Did all the grills on my M3.
Didn't do the rear badge cus I just bought the black one with the German flag. But plastidip is awesome.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #57
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after a google search, I found this DIY and used it.


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played around with some plasti-dip , only have these two pics. I did my front grills and badge.

The badge came out nice, but the grill did not.. I did them twice and I still was not happy with the results, too many bubbles and what not, I will just peel it off and buy real black grills




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Old 04-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #58
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nice job on the plasti dip. Do you think it's possible to plasti dip successfully the exterior of the B- pillars ?
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #59
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Nice post. Seriously thinking about doing it. Even though you did mention that it can withstand an automatic carwash, I am still concerned whether they will withstand those carwashes with strong hoses, like the ones used to wash the bottom of your car. Don't know if you know what I mean. Thanks again
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:22 PM   #60
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