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Old 05-09-2011, 06:23 PM
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Pros and cons of Plasti-dip?

Thinking of blacking out the chrome on my mini with Plasti-Dip? Any info good or bad on the subject would be a great help from the mini masses???
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:35 PM
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Are you thinking of interior or exterior?

I did both shortly after I got my car, so about 8 months ago or so. It started to fade and get a little worn on the outside, and was looking sort of flat and cheap. That said I could have taken my time and done more coats, etc.

Interior looked decent and held out fine except where I put it on too thin or had some unevenness. For me I found it showed dust really badly. I removed it all today.

The Pros are that it's cheap, easy, reversible, and looks okay if you do a good job.

The Cons are that it is matte, subject to weathering, and can start to look sort of mickey mouse after awhile. I'd say it's a fun temporary mod and a good way to see if you like the blackout appearance enough to invest in vinyl.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:17 PM
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I have had my beltline blacked out for over a year with no real issues. Looks good compared to the stock wheel arches.

Just make sure you do at least a couple of good coats. And you do need to score the tape edge with a razor as you will pull the Plasti-dip off when you try to remove the tape.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:08 AM
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I've seen people use electrical tape for the belt line.
or 6-7 pieces of 48'' matte or gloss black vinyl from a local sign shop.
For me it's much easier to put it on and be done then to tape out half the car ( overspray ) to paint it..
Granted a can of spray is only 8 bucks..
I could cut the vinyl for the same though..
I used the plasti-dip for my Joey modded lights, but did the rings, handles, heck everything that is black on my car is vinyl of some sort....
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