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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:50 PM
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Just came across this on Youtube, thought it looks interesting....

http://www.youtube.com/user/DipYourCarcom?v=cPVeeEzFQt8
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:34 AM
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Bob, you're about 2 weeks late with that post. I might have tried that stuff on my winter wheels, but maybe if the white doesn't work out I'll give it a try. Would be nice to see how it really works, and it looks like it solves the issue I have with silver paint.

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Old 10-04-2013, 08:31 PM
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Great videos. My front bumper is a mess from commuting. Might have to give this a try.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:15 PM
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The Demo guy sure makes it look easy, I wonder if my lack of skill with painting techniques would produce a similar result.

Good product by the looks of it mind you. Also was it the lighting or did the inside of the rim not look like it had a good finish on it. Concentrating on the spokes for the demo maybe?
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:52 AM
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To bad Home Depot and Lowes only carry black and white plasti dip....... I been thinking about the plastic dip to help cover up the minor road rash the last owner left on my rims and the massive amounts of brake dust build up that this car experiences....... I think I am going to have to order that Anthracite though. . I was never completely sold on plasti dip black... They got my attention now.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:19 AM
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I just bought some rice rocket red dip and I'm going to "ruin" my car >


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Old 10-05-2013, 09:27 PM
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To bad Home Depot and Lowes only carry black and white plasti dip....
I looked at Home Depot but they want $50 a can. Seems way over priced compared to what you can get online. Maybe I'm missing something though.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:01 PM
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I looked at Home Depot but they want $50 a can. Seems way over priced compared to what you can get online. Maybe I'm missing something though.
50 dollars a can LOL that's a 6 pack.


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Old 10-06-2013, 06:32 AM
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Home Depot by me wants $5 something a can... but they only have black, white, red, and gun metal....... red and gun metal are new to them. I was there last night. online the new colors are $6 something on sale or $9 something regular.

In the next couple weeks I will try out either the gun metal or order the anthracite and let ya'll know how it turns out... My rims have some scratches and the brake dust drives me nuts so the darker color should hide that.
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So how does this withstand the harsh environment of the wheel? I used Plasti Dip on my console and it bubbled in two days of Bama summertime heat. The wheel gets a lot of radiant heat from the brakes. Also, what about prep? He didn't mention it. Anyone done this? How does it withstand washing? My wheels get a bath every 5 days to keep brake dust at bay, seems the plasti dip isn't suited to withstand that sort of punishment.......or is it?
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So how does this withstand the harsh environment of the wheel? I used Plasti Dip on my console and it bubbled in two days of Bama summertime heat. The wheel gets a lot of radiant heat from the brakes. Also, what about prep? He didn't mention it. Anyone done this? How does it withstand washing? My wheels get a bath every 5 days to keep brake dust at bay, seems the plasti dip isn't suited to withstand that sort of punishment.......or is it?
You probably didn't apply enough coats. My exhaust tips are plasti dipped and they have been like that for months. Still perfect. And those obviously get VERY hot. Plus I live in Phoenix and the dip holds up perfectly.


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Interesting!
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:06 AM
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I would think that prep would involve a good cleaning with soap and water (no solvents so there isn't a residue left behind) and rough up with 300-400 grit sand paper, wash with soap and water again, and either find a good epoxy primer to spray on or just spray the plastidip. Prep work is everything.
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I would think that prep would involve a good cleaning with soap and water (no solvents so there isn't a residue left behind) and rough up with 300-400 grit sand paper, wash with soap and water again, and either find a good epoxy primer to spray on or just spray the plastidip. Prep work is everything.
Overkill. Soap and water cleaning is all you need.


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Good to know about the prep work.

My rims look fine except where the lugs are. Someone wasn't careful w the air gun in the past. Anyone try a color match yet by chance?

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