How long does Plasti Dip® last?
If properly applied, Plasti Dip® could last as long as 3 years without having to be retouched. It is very durable and will not lose it's bond. The spray distance 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.
Will it hold up to the elements (sun, winter)?
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 or marring and to increase UV protection.
Will it hold up to heat and racing?
Plasti Dip® is heat resistant up to 200 degrees F. Dipped wheels have a great record holding up to the heat and abuse from racing or rally events.
How does Plasti Dip® hold up to gasoline?
Plasti Dip® is a solvent based coating and does not hold up to gasoline! Please be careful when filling your tank or working with gasoline around a dipped surface. For everyday use we highly recommned using the DYC Dip Guard Gasoline Potector. 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.
Can I dip my brand new or newly painted car?
When considering dipping new or newly repainted cars, DYC recommends testing your paint before any plasti dip application. Apply the product to a small inconspicuous area and remove the dip after it's dried ensure the new paint is cured enough to withstand the application and removal process. Testing is always suggested before dipping a repainted or repaired car.
Does it really peel off?
Yes, Plasti Dip® really does peel off. We always suggest a minimum of 4-5 coats, not only for durability, but to make sure it peels off in large pieces when you are ready.
How many coats should I put on?
DYC always suggests a minimum of 4-5 coats. Winter wheels, etc. may benefit from an extra couple coats for good measure.
How should I prep my wheels or car before dipping?
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.
Should I mask my tires or spray Dip directly onto them?
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.
Will Plasti Dip® work exactly the same on every car, every surface?
Although Plasti Dip® works and behaves exactly the same for most users, there are certainly specific circumstances in which the Plasti Dip® could not behave as expected. The age of the car, the condition of the clear coat, if you have already done a DIY paint job on the surface, etc. are all possible factors that could effect the way the Plasti Dip® bonds, peels, or the covers. Although most users will have a predictable and trouble free experience with dip, we suggest you do a small test spot on the surfaces you will be dipping before you begin your project.
Could Plasti Dip® damage my clear coat?
DipYourCar.com has been using Plasti Dip® on cars for over 5 years, and we have experienced zero damage to the cars we have dipped, peeled and 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.
Do you ship internationally?
DYC does NOT ship Plasti Dip® products outside of the lower 48 states to Do-IT-Yourself customers at this time. DYC only ships Plasti Dip® products internationally on a Wholesale level to International DYC Installers or Resellers. DYC does however ship all other non Plasti Dip® products internationally including DipPearls and DIpCoat. Please email Dan@dipyourcar.com to inquire about international shipping of non-hazmat items.
How/Can I wash the dipped areas of my car?
Dipped items/cars can be easily hand washed with regular car wash soap though we highly recommend our well known DipWasher and DipWash combo here available our Car Wash and Aftercare collection.
Can I use Plasti Dip® as a clear protective bra for the front of my car?
Of course! We have hundreds of customers that use the Original Clear Plasti Dip® as a protective clear bra. Works great!
How can I protect my Plasti Dip® and ensure it stays in the best condition?
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 maring, scratches, staining, and it will be easier to clean. Dip Coat™ also protects against damaging UV rays.
Can I Plasti Dip® over head lights and tail lights?
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 negative reaction.
How far away should I spray Plasti Dip®?
The usual recommended spray distance is between 4-5 inches away for aerosol cans and about 8-10 inches when using our DipSprayer System™. For visual reference, watch Fonzie spray here: www.YouTube.com/DipYourCar
Will Plasti Dip® protect my wheels from winter salt/snow?
Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including 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.
Can Plasti Dip® be sprayed out of a spraygun?
Of course! We have shops and customers all over the country who spray our Plasti Dip® through all kinds of sprayers and spray guns. Pre-thinned Plasti Dip® is available through DipYourCar.com in Gallons! It comes ready to spray.
How many gallons would I need to dip a whole car?
Every vehicle will require a specific amount of Plasti Dip® and this amount can vary depending on the size of your vehicle, its current color and the color you would like to Dip it. We suggesting contacting one of our technicians at (855) 847-5825 or Customerservice@dipyourcar.com to give you the recommended amount of product for your vehicle.
How can I get the best results with Plasti Dip® Aerosol?
When using cans of Plasti Dip®, make sure to shake well before use. The cans should not be stored below room temperature before application. Hold the cans upright and do not point lower than a 45% angle to the ground to avoid drips and splatter.
Do I need to use base coats?
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 at (855) 847-5825 or at CustomerService@dipyourcar.com.
Is it possible to achieve a Gloss finish?
Yes, for a Gloss finish DYC recommends the DipPearl TopCoat. For the maximul level of gloss, a minimum of 3 finishing coats is recommended over an existing Plasti Dip® base.
Can DipPearls be added to the DipPearl TopCoat?
Yes, in fact you'll find the best results by adding DipPearls to the DipPearl TopCoat. Because of its outstanding level of clarity and suspension properties, the topcoat work is ideal for use with pearl and flake additives. When applied over pearl-mixed coats the DipPearl TopCoat can create visible depth to your Plasti Dip® surface.