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Old 08-22-2015, 05:34 PM
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Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

Hey everyone. First post here. I couldn't find this posted already recently, so forgive me if this is common.

Thinking about plasti dipping all the chrome on my GC. Not sure if I should do it or just get it all painted professionally.

To those of you who have done the plasti dip, pros and cons please!



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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

It is plasti-dip.

In all honesty though, I have heard that there is a new vehicle specific stuff coming out shortly and the other alternative that is guaranteed to not have issues is to get it vinyl wrapped in whatever color or pattern you desire. I have seen horror stories of plasti-dip wrecking paint and other finishes.

Being from NJ it should be relatively easy to find something decently local.
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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

Plastidip may be great if you apply it perfectly, but for a limited time. I would say to plastidip just to make sure you like the color, then paint it.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:33 AM
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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

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Plastidip may be great if you apply it perfectly, but for a limited time. I would say to plastidip just to make sure you like the color, then paint it.
If we're talking about chrome trim here, then whats the problem with just re-dipping it whatever color? And by chrome trim, I mean the chrome-colored 2$ bits of plastic that will not be harmed whatsoever.

zizzuki, I'd recommend doing 1 or 2 pieces and seeing how you like it. There *is* an art to it, and some pieces are much much harder than others.

Here is what mine looks like. Plastidipped everything; wheels, entire front grille, mirror caps, TR badges, side lettering, rear lettering, door handles, front/rear light bezels, and rear cargo sill. The door handles required minor touchup after 1 year (tricky), the lettering (very tricky) required re-do seeing as how I had a wreck and got a new door... Everything else has held up well, even the rear wheel after I spilled diesel on it.

After the trail-rated badges, the fugly chrome mirror caps are the easiest and most glaring piece to me so I would start with those. You literally cannot screw the mirror caps up; they are so easy to dip.

I wasn't prepared to spend multiple hundreds of $$ to get the bits painted, nor spend 200$ EACH on black door handles (disassemble entire door) etc etc. It was a lot of work but highly recommend you at least give it a shot.
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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

Thanks Thrawn86. Your Jeep looks sick. Makes me wish I had waited until I found a good white GC like I had wanted. 😫

I hate the chrome. I definitely want the grille and wheels black to begin with. And then do the rest of the trim. This will be my first use of plastidip. I've been told it's kind of difficult to do and I don't want to make it look awful. But at least I can always take it off.

Will it hold up with off roading? I don't do anything serious. But in the winter I mush my dogs in a remote area where you have to drive some trails that can get messy.


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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

The wheels aren't hard to dip, they're just a pain and very time-consuming since you have to either mask/prep the tires + mask off the lugnuts and calipers, or take the entire wheel off. Watch all of DipYourCar youtube vids, they're a huge help.

It can be pretty durable (you can make it as thick as you want), plus they now have an after-coating that makes it even moreso. that being said if you're doing real offroading it might be worth getting a set of powder coated wheels. scratches, etc, are very easy to repair with a bit of paint thinner.
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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

The chrome window trim will be your challenge. In all honesty I would look in vinyl wrapping, at least for the window trim. You can't remove the trim and it's something everyone will see right away.

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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

I did it. I regret it! Lol. Taping the tire didn't work out. It got messy. And the perimeter peeled off in some spots. On Friday I'm going to remove them and redo it. It'll just be temporary. I want the spider monkey wheels but waiting for those until after I lift. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1440374068.959883.jpg


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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

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Here is what mine looks like. Plastidipped everything; wheels, entire front grille, mirror caps, TR badges, side lettering, rear lettering, door handles, front/rear light bezels, and rear cargo sill. The door handles required minor touchup after 1 year (tricky), the lettering (very tricky) required re-do seeing as how I had a wreck and got a new door... Everything else has held up well, even the rear wheel after I spilled diesel on it.
Well now I know what my finished GC will look like. Doing the exact same dipping including window trim. Probably not the rims though. And, I'm still 50/50 on the entire grill area.

Looks great though.
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Dipped the front emblem and grill inserts. Thought? Keep, remove, dip other pieces?


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Re: Cons of plasti dipping chrome?

I would do the rest of the front chrome to match. Though with that body color the chrome emblems aren't nearly as offensive.
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