Although originally created to cover tool handles, Plasti Dip® has become a popular spray coating for cars. It is used on accessories, rims and even on the body as an alternative to conventional paint. Plus, it adds color and protection from ultraviolet rays, salt, dirt and water. On the other hand, while it is easy to remove if applied correctly, Plasti Dip can also withstand quite aggressive (and common) cleaning methods.
Method 1 of 2: Wash cars coated with Plasti Dip
Step 1. Wash your car by hand as usual
In any case, a car coated with Plasti Dip can be washed in exactly the same way as a vehicle coated with conventional paint. For a more thorough cleaning, you probably need to wash the vehicle by hand using an automotive cleaner (or even dish soap), clean water, a hose, and lint-free rags for washing and cleaning. drying.
- If you want, you can get cleaners and cloths specially designed for cars coated with this product.
- Since Plasti Dip is a protective layer against ultraviolet rays, salt, etc., it will not be necessary to apply wax, finishes or similar protective products after washing.
Step 2. Do not use gasoline, solvents and thinners
Due to the composition of Plasti Dip, a solvent-based cleaner may cause bubbles, peeling, or other damage to the product. Stick to only using common detergent-based cleaners.
Be careful when refueling your car, because if gasoline spills or dribbles, it could damage your Plasti Dip paint. You can order special spill protection if you wish
Step 3. Use a sprayer with a maximum pressure of 1800 psis
Since Plasti Dip can be very easily removed by hand, some people do not want to use a pressure washer to wash their cars coated with this paint. However, if you applied the product correctly, i.e. let it sit for a few weeks and it does not chip off along the edges or in other places, you can use a standard sprayer with a maximum pressure of 1800 psis.
- This means that you can easily use any of the self-service car wash sections in your area.
- To be on the safe side, use only the level of water pressure necessary to perform the job.
Step 4. Go to an automatic car wash
Once again, if the Plasti Dip has been applied well, has had time to dry and does not come off, a visit to a standard self-service car wash will not have a negative effect. Different brushes, jets, polishers and the like will not be a problem.
Step 5. Remove brake dust and grime from the wheels
Although car enthusiasts use it to completely cover their vehicle, others use Plasti Dip only on hubcaps and rims. Detergent-based cleaning methods will be used to keep the coated wheels clean. However, new tire cleaners (coated or not) have appeared on the market. They are sprayed and do not require rinsing or cleaning.
Method 2 of 2: Applying and removing Plasti Dip
Step 1. Make sure the surface is completely clean and dry
If you want to apply the Plasti Dip evenly so that it can last longer and come off more easily when you take it off, you need to make sure that the surface is well prepared. Take your time at this step to reap the immediate and lasting benefits.
- Wash and rinse the surface thoroughly, making sure that no detergent residue remains.
- Use microfiber cloths to prevent lint buildup on the surface.
- Dry the surface and allow it to air dry. Make sure it is completely dry before applying Plasti Dip.
Step 2. Apply paint according to package directions
You can immerse objects in the Plasti Dip, apply it using a brush or a spray bottle, although the latter option is the most widely used in the automotive industry. Follow directions for spray coverage, distance, technique and safety precautions.
- Make sure to apply the product in a well ventilated area and wear glasses and a protective mask. It would also be good to wear gloves and cover the exposed skin.
- If the car is new, has been repainted or repaired, it would be best to do a test drive in an inconspicuous area. Plasti Dip adheres (and removes) easily to most automotive surfaces, but prevention is better than cure.
Step 3. Add more layers for more protection
This will also make it easier to remove. To apply layers of Plasti Dip, the more the better. The minimum should be between four and five thin coats for the best possible appearance and protection. However, applying at least six more coats will improve these aspects and make it easier to remove the product later.
Step 4. Let the surface dry properly
Plasti Dip dries fairly quickly to the touch and a basic tack will occur after four to eight hours. After this time, there will be no problem touching the surface and operating the vehicle. However, the entire adhesion process will take a few weeks, so it is best to wait up to a month before using aggressive cleaning methods.
Step 5. Peel off the Plasti Dip to remove it
When this product is applied properly, it usually lasts at least three years. When the coating is damaged or you want to change it, simply remove it from the surface with your hands. If you have applied enough coats in the first few steps, they should come off in large chunks. However, if you haven't applied enough layers, meaning the Plasti Dip will come off in small pieces, try these techniques.
- Add several coats of Plasti Dip and let them harden. Then remove the thicker layer more easily.
- Use a solvent from the same manufacturer to thin the Plasti Dip again. Then rinse it and throw it away.
- Try different automotive cleaning products (WD-40, Goo Gone, etc.), as recommended in various sources. This process involves trying to find the one that is most effective. Your best option is to apply the Plasti Dip so that it comes off easily.