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thinking about plasti dipping my wheels

as much as I think is a cheap way to go about it. I really don't want to buy new wheels yet or even have them powder coated. My touring wheels have clear coat damage since I bought my car used and even though I wash the wheels every week, it has been spreading slowly. I also have curb rash and bubbles. It would cost me more to fix the curb rash and have the wheel repainted than plasti dipping them. Most plasti dippers on here charge way too much money.


I figure I might as well try and do it myself, but I'm a little intimidated by this. The color I want is black with glossifier on top of it. I really don't want to remove the wheels, so I would be using a trash bag to cover the caliper and rotors and just apply tire shine on the tires. I suppose I should remove the center cap or cover it with something



I've been hesitant about doing this since I saw that video of plasti dip gone wrong lmao not to mention is really hot now here Florida and I would have to do this early in the morning or something.


I don't drive my car very much, so it would probably last longer than usual, but who knows, but I'm hating how terrible my wheels are looking now due to the clearcoat peeling and the bubbles

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one thing that deters me from trying this is that i live in florida where is always hot and rains a lot, that's probably not good for plastidip
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Why don't you want to remove your wheels? Trying to cover your brakes/pads/fender and everything is much more of a hassle (in my opinion) than removing the wheels and not worrying about any of that.

Just do what I did with mine and the index cards: http://forum.mazda6club.com/picture-...ml#post4680986

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Why don't you want to remove your wheels? Trying to cover your brakes/pads/fender and everything is much more of a hassle (in my opinion) than removing the wheels and not worrying about any of that.

Just do what I did with mine and the index cards: http://forum.mazda6club.com/picture-...ml#post4680986
Main reason is because I don't have any equipment so I would have to use the jack and my concern is not removing but being able to tighten properly like a mechanic would, not to mention I would have to do one wheel at a time and leave my car outside sitting on the jack, not sure if safe to leave it like that for long which is what would take to do this per wheel you have to wait 8-10 minutes between coats and is 4 coats

I don't have jack stands either. It is easier for me to just cover with a bag and do it. But I don't know, teach me lmao
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$100 at your local Harbor Freight will get you a nice low-profile jack + 2 stands Can do 2 wheels at a time and not worry about how long it takes - and it will last you years and years.

Or, you could plop the spare on just to let the car rest on it while you're waiting for each rim to dry.

You're absolutely correct, however, that the emergency jack in your trunk isn't for keeping the car off the ground for long periods of time.

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$100 at your local Harbor Freight will get you a nice low-profile jack + 2 stands Can do 2 wheels at a time and not worry about how long it takes - and it will last you years and years.

Or, you could plop the spare on just to let the car rest on it while you're waiting for each rim to dry.

You're absolutely correct, however, that the emergency jack in your trunk isn't for keeping the car off the ground for long periods of time.
I live in an apartment, though I can do this mods, for $100 might as well just use that towards powder coating
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thinking about plasti dipping my wheels

Clean wheels very well. . Mask the brakes off. Mask around the wheel wells. Even though there isnít ďrealĒ over spray, itís annoyingly to deal with. Tire shine the tires , do not get on the wheel face! Prep wheel face with isopropyl.

1 can of base color per wheel and whatever amount of glossifier you need.

Super easy and really nothing can go wrong.


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Clean wheels very well. . Mask the brakes off. Mask around the wheel wells. Even though there isnít ďrealĒ over spray, itís annoyingly to deal with. Tire shine the tires , do not get on the wheel face! Prep wheel face with isopropyl.

1 can of base color per wheel and whatever amount of glossifier you need.

Super easy and really nothing can go wrong.


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I contacted an expert through social media and they want $75 per wheel just for a black color


4 cans + 1 gloss would be like 30-35 bucks
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I contacted an expert through social media and they want $75 per wheel just for a black color


4 cans + 1 gloss would be like 30-35 bucks


Labor isnít free.

You are paying them clean, prep, spray and hopefully some kind of warranty/fixes for a bit.

Those supplies and labor adds up.


I say just try it yourself. It peels off, so itís not like itís going to ruin anything.


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So, I'm done with the third coat on one wheel and it starts pouring rain. I checked the weather and it didn't say anything about rain for today. This is why I hate doing shit like this and living in an apartment. 1 year ago I found a dude who would plasti dip 4 wheels for $60 and I lost his number now I can't find him anywhere

Now I can't go anywhere and have to wait for this to pass, so I can assess how it looks.

This is why I don't like doing ghetto mods like this
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