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Old 01-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Who here has plasti dipped their wheels?

So Im going to order some gunmetal plasti dip for my wheels, I didnt know they made it so when I found out I was pretty excited because ive liked gunmetal wheels on alpine white. So Im curious as to how many cans im going to need to do 4 wheels? Should I get 4? One for each wheel? Or is 3 enough?

Any advice for properly dipping the wheels is appreciated!

And the photoshop of what it should look like when it's done:
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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I plasti-dipped my extra wheel, just to see what it would look like. In all honestly, plasti dip is nice to get an idea of what it looks like, but its nothing compared to real paint. It will look good initially, but will fade in time. But I recommend doing it to get an initial idea before painting wheels! Be generous with the dip, but take time. There are a lot of DIY's out there of ways to do it. Here is how my extra wheel turned out! But I decided I liked silver better. haha

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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I have. They did look great at first.....grungy with time. For 7 dollars though....dont care.

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After 2 months (note they are getting.....well brown)
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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^ nice Phoenix M3! Some OEM LED tails and a CSL diffuser would just be

But yeah... Plasti dip for a temporary thing. Paint it if you like them! Or just re dip them every month. haha
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #5
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^ nice Phoenix M3! Some OEM LED tails and a CSL diffuser would just be

But yeah... Plasti dip for a temporary thing. Paint it if you like them! Or just re dip them every month. haha
Thanks man! Just reviving her as of right now. Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance. I don't mean to de-rail this thread....But does anyone know of good gunmetal paint to do my wheels? Legitimate paint that is...
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #6
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Thanks man! Just reviving her as of right now. Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance. I don't mean to de-rail this thread....But does anyone know of good gunmetal paint to do my wheels? Legitimate paint that is...
I know the feeling! Whenever I think i'm caught up, I find something else. Thats what we get for choosing an E46 I guess. haha.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses! I understand its not a permanent solution, my main concern at this point is how many cans I will need to cover 18" csl reps. Maybe 3 or 4 to be safe?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:53 PM   #8
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I would say 1 can per wheel. I did mine and they lasted 5 months until I peeled off. Held up great too. Make sure to watch videos to get nice smooth surface. Good luck
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Wow! 5 months would be awesome! And thanks for the tip!
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #10
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So I ordered 4 cans to be safe, should be here wednesday! Will update when they get here
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Don't do it. I had a 2012 Accord at my dealership that had the wheels plasti-dipped black. It was a nightmare to take off. That might have something to do with the prep, but still, black usually doesn't look better than silver.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:04 PM   #13
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Don't do it. I had a 2012 Accord at my dealership that had the wheels plasti-dipped black. It was a nightmare to take off. That might have something to do with the prep, but still, black usually doesn't look better than silver.
Agreed.

But if you do it just to get an idea go for it. Just don't let it sit there for months! If you like the look, just remove it and repaint the wheels!
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4 cans for 4 wheels. 1 per wheel roughly, buy the 6pack in case you ever need to touch up or something. As said, its great to get an idea of how your wheels will look. Its also not as easy to remove as they say it is. When I did my OEM 18's, it took me almost 2 days to remove it all. Not Fun.

Also, over time they do get discolored from brake dust. It gives them a very very very dark bronze look to them. Almost brown, as said before. I didn't like this and when I couldn't get it to look black again. I took it all off. And haven't gone back.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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I'm interested to see what the gunmetal looks like. I've used the glossifier as well which actually works nicely.
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Lol I hated removing mine. But like already said, it's great too see if you'd like the color before spending money on getting it really painted.
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Removed all plastidip from wheels in 2 minutes. Pressure washer for the win
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It took me for-freakin-ever to take plasti-dip off my winter rims before re-doing for another winter.

Now that it's been a while that they're on, they're definitely turning brown. I usually blacken it again by applying some tire shine foam stuff. The spray stuff softens it.

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Did you put anything on the wheels to soften it?
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The plasti dip will only be hard to take off if you dont put enough coats on them. 1 can per wheel will give you enough coverage to peel off easily when you want. I used this method and kept on for 4 months and peeled off with ease.
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Thanks for the tips/advice guys! It's definitely not a permanent thing, but it will stay on for a while, I already paid for it, might as well get some use out of it haha. And if I dont get bored of it, I may have to get them done in gunmetal!
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