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Instructions on how to PlastiDip Your Whole Car
Published by lE92l
04-30-2012
Since many of you liked the process on the photo section I though it would benefit the community if I put this DIY together.

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All the credit for the creation of this technique and product used goes to: http://www.dipyourcar.com

Also credit to my friend for being the one to push to have this done on his car and the one with the idea. e90post username: CGOM3Z.


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What you need:

1. ProCarKit or Just PlastiDip paint if you have your own paint sprayer:

Link to Kit: Click Here

Link to Just PlastiDip: Click Here

We used the large kit x3 gallons of the Black PlastiDip. Other colors are available.

The Kit Includes:

- The Spray Gun
- x3 Gallons of PlastiDip and Thinner
- 2-3 Rolls of Blue Tape
- Mixing Wand
- Microfiber Towel

2. Only extra thing we needed was newspapers and plastic bag but bag was not really necessary we could have used newspapers all around.

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Instructions:

Here is the video from the DipYourCar.com website on the full process:



Also link to their instructions: Click Here

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Q&A:

How hard was it to do?

Extremely easy honestly we had no experience painting cars. Just have to be patient when applying coats. It seems like it will take forever but by the 3-4 coats it all starts to fill in.

How is the texture?

The texture is rough to the touch but looks smooth just like flat black vinyl IMO.

Is easy to take off?

Very easy just rubbing it somewhat hard with your thumb you should be able to pinch it and start peeling it off. So easy in fact the instructions tell you not to cover the headlights or taillights. We even oversprayed one the side mirrors and we just peeled it off and started over on it.

How long will it last?

From the website they said with normal driving and maybe touching it up it should last 6-12 months before putting major re-coats of it. IMO I dont think it would last more than 6 months before having to re-coat it. But you can just re-coat parts along the way and have it last as long as you like.

Would you recommend this over vinyl or repaint?

Absolutely not if those options are available to you and you have the money for such a project those would obviously be better options. This is what we consider a fun project to do to have on the car for couple months change up colors whenever you like and so forth.


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Pics from Our Process (We will have better pictures soon these dont do it justice)

Prep Work





Couple Coats In









Final Product









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Updated Pics Still iPhone busy weekend.











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By OfourTHREEfive on 04-30-2012, 02:16 PM
Dude, great post.
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By medvec04 on 04-30-2012, 03:26 PM
Sick
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By WhiteonWheat on 04-30-2012, 04:58 PM
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Def cool!

I would never have the balls to do something like this - b/c I just know eventually, I would say to myself: "Ok, that was cool, but white was sick looking too". I assume (flame suit on) that this is permanent right?

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Nevermind - would be smart of me to read the post instead of scanning and checking out the pics only

Is easy to take off?

Very easy just rubbing it somewhat hard with your thumb you should be able to pinch it and start peeling it off. So easy in fact the instructions tell you not to cover the headlights or taillights. We even oversprayed one the side mirrors and we just peeled it off and started over on it.
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By lux.sh on 04-30-2012, 06:09 PM
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Great write up. I highly doubt that the car being a daily driver, Plasti-dip will last 6 months. It is the front bumper I'm worried about. It will chip so easily. Then again, I plasti-dipped a small part of my rear bumper for the diffuser look, lasting about 1.5yr without any problems. Still holding up strong.
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By lE92l on 04-30-2012, 06:44 PM
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Thanks eveyone! Biggest thing to durability is the amount of coats. Instructions suggest 4-5 coats. I will update as time passes as to how it is holding up.
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By Eric335 on 04-30-2012, 08:19 PM
Damn thats nice!!!!
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By 07_335i_AW on 04-30-2012, 08:23 PM
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WOW.. that came out really good..
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By import36 on 04-30-2012, 09:09 PM
dayuum great job bro! i just did my window trim and was pretty stoked about that.....but you did ur whole car!?
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By IancoleTX on 05-01-2012, 11:18 AM
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Holy chit mayn. WOW. I want to do this.

Let's see some daytime pics!
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By tscharm on 05-03-2012, 12:01 PM
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Holy chit mayn. WOW. I want to do this.

Let's see some daytime pics!
+1. Daytime pics will determine if I consider doing this or not.
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By hoodie on 05-03-2012, 01:34 PM
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+1. Daytime pics will determine if I consider doing this or not.
+1 to that as well daytime! close ups and if you can do some HQ pics XD
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By aarwilli on 05-03-2012, 04:13 PM
How did you protect radiators and intercooler behind the front bumper?
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By lE92l on 05-04-2012, 10:01 AM
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We are actually doing photoshoot tomorrow so should have pics up by Sunday. The front we taped up the bottom and top grills that's it headlights stay uncovered just peel off at the end. Couple people pMd me that they are doing it this weekend so more cars pics should be up one matte white and I believe an orange.
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By deezofchuck on 05-04-2012, 10:12 AM
this is awesome! i was holding off on any plastidipping bc i didn't have an air compressor and nice spray gun but the electric HVLP air turbine from wagner looks sweet! I am going to do my window trim first to see how the texture feels.

Thx OP for the nice write up!
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By e92oholic on 05-04-2012, 03:43 PM
Im doing my whole car before this winter, hopefully the gray or the blue! Maybe even do my winter wheels red!
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By Scottycs on 05-05-2012, 11:07 AM
wow. I must be getting old......
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By ErvGotti on 05-05-2012, 12:07 PM
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How do you keep it clean, like if a bird craps on it is it easy to just wash off without it peeling or fading
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By lE92l on 05-06-2012, 03:05 PM
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Updated Pics ^^^
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By SE3P_to_E90 on 05-08-2012, 11:48 AM
balls to the wall. great job, finished product looks phenomenal! congrats on the new look!!
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By prelude2perfect on 05-11-2012, 04:03 AM
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Unbelievable! I can't believe I never heard of this stuff before! I was so amazed I ended up watching every DIY video on dipyourcar.com, lol.

I will definitely be trying this stuff soon, although not the entire care.

Please keep us up to date on your longevity!
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By bimmerboi19 on 05-24-2012, 08:53 AM
How much did everything cost u?
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