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Old 01-08-2013, 03:44 PM
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Talking Plastidipped rims!!!

Hi guys, I posted a month ago about how I wanted to plastidip my winter rims on my 335 and I got great input. Well today I finally did it. The process was easy, cheap, and came out great. I recommend anyone to do it if they want a great matte black finish for cheap. Here are some before and after pics.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:25 PM
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Looks good to me.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:26 PM
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Thanks man!
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:39 PM
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Damn I like this. I will add this to the "mods" for the spring;

Platidip Wheels-- luckily i work for an industrial supply company and we sell this
Black grill
Key Hole Cover
Replace Orange Reflectors

and a good Claybar/ wax of course.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:50 PM
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plastidip really works good, i had a 2007 g37 coupe, black on black, and i had my wheels plasti-dipped and it came out great, the white with black wheels looks SIICK!!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:56 PM
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thanks guys, I'm really happy with the results.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:05 AM
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How did you cover calipers and rotors?
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:37 AM
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How did you cover calipers and rotors?
You take the wheels off the car.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:07 AM
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Actually I didn't take the rims off. I put plastic bags in between the rims and brakes. I also put index cards (poker cards work too) between the tires and rims. Then I applied a light coat first. I made rounds around the cars and ended up putting 4 coats. I rotated the tires a little bit to get the parts I missed. I had to do it a couple times because my rims are a pain. You may get some on the calipers or rotors but it won't do anything and will come off as you drive and brake. Here's a pic from the set up
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:18 AM
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Here it is
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:55 AM
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I see you have friends to help you out.
I like your idea of using plastic bags. I am in process of doing it myself and didnt want to take rims out.
Here is sample of what I got done so far. Its too dark but it was just to test my abilities to paint. I ll probably remove it as I get my rims painted.
I will go with your idea of plastic bags.
How many spray bottles did you use for rims? And how long did it take to dry?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:12 AM
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I bought 3, but only used 1 and a half bottles. It took about 40 minutes to dry. Make sure you're in a warm place to help dry. The whole process took about an hour and a half.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:50 AM
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I bought 3, but only used 1 and a half bottles. It took about 40 minutes to dry. Make sure you're in a warm place to help dry. The whole process took about an hour and a half.
I think it would have taken about as long if you had taken the wheels off. Any time you paint, powdercoat, chrome or whatever, the key to a good job is surface prep.With the wheels off you can clean 'em thoroughly with degreaser or whatever solvent you prefer, and easily locate and repair any gouges or other defects. Seems a lot more thorough and easier if the wheels are off.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:54 AM
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I agree. I just didnt want to deal with that. I got my car washed the day before and then cleaned it a bit before. I didnt wanna kill myself over having them perfectly clean
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:57 PM
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I didnt wanna kill myself over having them perfectly clean
At least you're car would not have embarrassed the loved ones you left behind if you had killed yourself with perfectly clean wheels.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:40 PM
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I think it would have taken about as long if you had taken the wheels off. Any time you paint, powdercoat, chrome or whatever, the key to a good job is surface prep.With the wheels off you can clean 'em thoroughly with degreaser or whatever solvent you prefer, and easily locate and repair any gouges or other defects. Seems a lot more thorough and easier if the wheels are off.
Just what he said.

I still can't believe that someone would refinish their wheels without taking them off the car because you "just didn't want to deal with that" and you "didnt wanna kill myself over having them perfectly clean". That's just the half-assed way. Oh well, your car, your choice. My car, I would never do it that way. I always do things the full-assed way.

Just out of curiosity, did you buy or lease new, or buy used?

Show us pictures in six months.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:57 PM
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I think it would have been easier to have just take the wheels off. Other than that, it does look nice.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:45 PM
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I appreciate everyone calling me lazy. But they look great and happy with them. Amd i bought used, but it only had 3000 miles and was from florida. I wont be able to upload in 6 months because these are my winter rims and theyll be off. Ill upload a pic before i take em off
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:13 PM
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We're talking $15 in plasti dip; the goal is to have it come off easily when the time comes. These are obviously winter wheels. They look great. It's a simple and cheap way to spice up you winter look
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:50 PM
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Thank you for understanding why I wanted to do this
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:11 AM
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I just bought the paint. My question is when it comes to clear coat, can you just by any clear coat brand? Also, when it comes to just flat black all you need is the color paint, right? Thanks for your time in advance.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:15 AM
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Just out of curiosity, did you buy or lease new, or buy used?
If leased, then he will have to purchase new wheels before returning the car.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:15 AM
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Plastidipped rims!!!

For clear coat, I'm not sure. Ask around more on that, but I don't see why not. And then for flat black all you need is black plastidip. Mine were great this winter and didn't peel at all!


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Old 06-03-2013, 10:17 AM
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Plastidipped rims!!!

And I bought used


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Old 06-03-2013, 10:33 AM
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Ok, thanks for the info. I am not a skilled person with the can, so whats the distance I want the can to be away from the rim?
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