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Devilsmed98 11-17-2010 08:54 PM

Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
Okay so let me start off by saying, Hello.

Being an eighteen year old college student, with a job that pays commission, getting new stuff for my Jeeps isn't really an option right now. Itching for something to do to my Jeep that would be relatively inexpensive, I came across GiggityGiggity's post on how he plasti-dipped his wheels. And let me tell you they looked great. I couldn't even wait for a response on how they held up in the long term. What made it even more attractive to me, was that it's removable. For all of you that are wondering what plasti-dip is here is an explanation directly from GiggityGiggity:
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First, for those that dont know what Plasti Dip is, look here: http://www.plastidip.com/

Why Plasti Dip instead of paint?
1. 100% reversible - if I don't like it, I wait for it to dry and I can peel it off
2. Reduced prep time - as long as the surface is clean and dry you're good
3. No sanding or priming required - Absolutely none. All though I did sand some areas on the lips that were corroded so it would not show through after the Plasti Dip Dried.
4. Quick drying and easy clean up - 4hrs dries rock hard and clean up is easy.
It cost me $12 for two cans at the home depot, and from what I understand one can gets you through four wheels.

Okay so enough of the talk, here are the pictures.

Spare tire after a quick hose wash and a little scrubbing and drying with a rag.
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/5b3ed15d.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/186a8f5f.jpg

Here is a photo showing all the road rash this thing has obtained from sitting under my WK.
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/0bb99946.jpg

Thanks to WSP Jeep for the "card trick"
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/b9a7e1e6.jpg

Here is immediately after the first coat. Looks pretty glossy and wet, but it dries flat.

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/ac81451a.jpg

You can see after one coat there are some spots that are very weak such as the side of the spoke on the left. When I do my driving wheels I will apply two coats and hopefully this fixes that problem.
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/6ff8960f.jpg

Here's what I came home to after dinner tonight, two hours later. (Recommend drying time is four hours).
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/7d506c10.jpg

And finally here is a picture of what the blemishes and road rash look like under paint, along with a part of the lip that I must have missed. :o
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/96e6d877.jpg

So after testing this out on my spare, I will be doing this to all my other wheels on Friday when I don't have class.

I don't think I have any serious blemishes on my other wheels like this one, but if I do find any I will sand them down. I'll be taking the tires off the Jeep so I don't get any running down the wheels, and also will be using two coats due to some weak spots shown.

I'll keep you guys updated, and hopefully have more pictures on Friday.

-Frank.

Devilsmed98 11-17-2010 09:02 PM

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Here is the final result:
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/82416357.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/668f3a15.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/3d199842.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/2f679d4d.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/6bad4a41.jpg

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/d235aae2.jpg

Devilsmed98 11-19-2010 09:29 PM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
Okay so I got caught up with a bunch of stuff today, didn't get a chance to start until 2pm. Went outside, set up the jack stands, realized the jackstands I had were meant for the Wrangler and not the WK because they are huge. I ended up breaking a 1/2 drive ratchet and 1 tire iron trying to loosen the front driver side lug nuts.

Ended up going to Home Depot, getting a new ratchet, and some pb blaster. Bent another tire iron. Finally decided to give up, move to the back tire and by that time it was five and dark. Took the tire off, coated it once.

While waiting to dry I tried to put my wrangler back window on, and ended up breaking a bolt inside the hardtop. Now I gotta drill that out tomorrow. Put on a second coat of paint and noticed it was coming out with a lot of air and left an uneven look. Hopefully it ends up evening out or I may need to redo it in the morning.

And I was thinking about putting this on the grill also, but since I have a limited I'm not sure about how it would stick to the chrome.

Chaoul1 11-19-2010 10:05 PM

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DAMN! GL wth everything Frankie!!!

Micallef 11-20-2010 11:51 AM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
i just did the same thing like 3 days ago and i couldnt be happier, spray pint chipped when i had just primed and spray painted my pintlers, now i put on 3 coats of plasti dip and they look amazing i have to say, good job man!

Devilsmed98 11-23-2010 05:48 PM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
Okay so my last wheel is finally drying right now. The plasti-dip really turned out nice, especially for my first time painting something each wheel got better and better. This is a great little product and I will be looking forward to seeing results if anyone uses this on the chrome grill or trim on their WK's.

My overall take on it:
I definitely like the look of my wheels black. What I don't like is that my wheel/tire looks so much smaller now, and it really shows how empty the fenders are. I think I would appreciate this more if I had some taller tires, or even a lift and large tires. I think I'll leave this stuff on for winter as a protective coat against the salt/sand in the Northeast.
In the spring I'll be taking it off and I'm still deciding if I wanna go black Srt8 reps and do the whole street look or just get bigger tire/rim combination.

I'm not discrediting this at all, by all means I wanna see how it comes out on other wheels, grills, trims, etc. but I don't think it doesn't really suite my needs with such small tires.

I'll be uploading more pictures probably on Thanksgiving of the Jeep.

-Frank

GiggityGiggity 11-23-2010 06:34 PM

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Good work!

OBXJeep 11-23-2010 06:50 PM

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nice job :thumbsup:

Devilsmed98 11-29-2010 01:58 PM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
Final results are up, second post in the thread. Sorry for the long wait, it was a crazy week.

jdcollins86 11-29-2010 08:32 PM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
i really wanna know how the outcome of this works.. IMO the only problem i can imagine is that dirt will stick to the coat. if all works well im going to do this to my grille wheels Look SICK !!!:thumbsup:

Joe's2001Laredo 11-29-2010 08:59 PM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
Just curious if you put multiple coats is there some thickness? Just curious and wondering if you had a nice set of wheels and you didn't want to take them off for winter would doing this maybe prevent some damage from the elements?

Devilsmed98 11-30-2010 12:51 AM

Re: Plasti-Dipped Wheels
 
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Originally Posted by jdcollins86 (Post 309131)
i really wanna know how the outcome of this works.. IMO the only problem i can imagine is that dirt will stick to the coat. if all works well im going to do this to my grille wheels Look SICK !!!:thumbsup:

I am contemplating doing some parts of my wrangler with this. That's the only problem I can see with it that mud or anything else will stick to it easily. When I was working on them and putting them on my hands were almost black from touching the tire and my hand marks on the wheel were visible. Overnight it rained and they are gone. Drove around with them the other day and no visible dirt on them. I just wonder what they will look like when the roads start to get salted.

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Originally Posted by Joe's2001Laredo (Post 309155)
Just curious if you put multiple coats is there some thickness? Just curious and wondering if you had a nice set of wheels and you didn't want to take them off for winter would doing this maybe prevent some damage from the elements?

I used 2 coats 30 minutes apart on each wheel. Someone on JF went onto the manufacturers website and suggested that I use 4 coats but I thought that was overkill. I definitely think these will prevent damage from road salt and sand, but to get the full benefit you would have to end up doing the inside of the wheel also. Which would mean you would be using about 1 can per wheel.


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