If properly applied, Plasti Dip® can easily last 3+ years or longer
without having to be retouched. It is a very durable and
resilient product. The spray technique when applying as well as the
amount of coats applied will heavily determine the longevity of
the product. After 3 years, or during the three years if desired, a new
refresher coat can be easily applied.
Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including sun
exposure, winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually
dip their wheels and cars specifically to protect the original surfaces
from the winter season. Please keep in mind however that Fluorescent and
Blaze products are subject to fading after prolonged UV exposure. This
only happens with these two items due to the fluorescent pigments
utilized. We highly recommend Dip Coat™ Protective Spray to reduce the
chance of marring and to increase UV protection.
Plasti Dip® is a solvent based coating and does not hold up to exposure
to gasoline. Please be careful when filling your tank or working with
gasoline around a dipped surface. For everyday use we highly recommend
using the DYC Dip Guard Gasoline Protector. The Dip Guard is a universal
product that fits almost any gas tank and will give you greater
room for error when fueling your Dipped vehicle.
DYC always suggests a minimum of 6 coats, but as everyone sprays coats
differently, the most important factor is the total amount of product
used. If you're confused about how much product you need for your
project, please contact us.
DYC always suggests using PreDip Spray and MicroFiber Towels to prep the
wheels or car before dipping. This will eliminate and grease, oil,
dirt, debris or wax that may hinder the dip's ability to bond. Allow the
surface to dry completely, any moisture (even if it is not visible,
behind body panels or trim) could negatively affect the bonding process
and lead to bubbling. A clean and dry surface is essential.
For most customers, Plasti Dip® will peel directly off the tires. But to
make the process easier, we suggest using Dip Release to create a
barrier between the tires and your Dip for easy removal of overspray.
Apply a small amount of Dip Release™ to a dry microfiber towel. Spread
the product evenly across the sidewall of each tire, making sure to work
the liquid into any tread, design or wording on the tire. Avoid
getting Dip Release™ on the edge or any part of the wheel. If contact is
made, clean the product from the wheel completely before Dipping.
DipYourCar.com and our customers have been using Plasti Dip® on cars for
over 7 years, and it is extremely rare to experience damage on vehicles
that are dipped, peeled and even redipped. However every car, and every
situation is unique. Even with Plasti Dip's great track record, we
still recommend dipping a small test spot on your car before dipping the
entire thing. Especially consider longer test phases with cars that
have been re-painted. Every paint shop will use different types
and amounts of clear coat - and Plasti Dip® can't possibly guarantee the
exact same result on every unique paint job.
We developed the Dip Coat™ Protective Spray for exactly this reason; to
protect your Dip and keep it looking great. Dip Coat™ will give your Dip
an improved, slick feel that will help to resist marring, scratches,
staining, and it will be easier to clean. Dip Coat™ also protects
against damaging UV rays.
In our experience, we have found that Plasti Dip® peels easily off of
most lights. However, we have found a few types of head lights or tail
lights do not respond well with Plasti Dip®. Our suggestion, to be safe,
is to always mask off head lights and tail lights to ensure there is no
The usual recommended spray distance is between 10-12 cm away for
aerosol cans and about 15-20 cm when using our DipSprayer System™. For
visual reference, watch Fonzie spray here: www.YouTube.com/DipYourCar
When using cans of Plasti Dip®, make sure to shake well before use. The
cans should not be stored below room temperature before application (in cold weather, you can put it in warm water for better result).
Hold the cans upright and do not point lower than a 45% angle to the
ground to avoid drips and splatter.
We always recommend Gunmetal Grey base coats for white and light colored
vehicles (unless you're Dipping the car White). Gunmetal Grey can also
improve the the coverage of Yellow, Red, and in general can help extreme
color transitions (a darker paint to a light Dip or light paint to a
dark Dip). If you have any questions about base coats, please contact
one of our technicians firstname.lastname@example.org.