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Frankie’s Saab joins the Plasti Dip craze

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Franks Saab 9-3 wheels Plasti Dip white

Plasti Dip rubberized coating gave my Saab 9-3′s wheels a dose of visual pop and was relatively easy to do. (Frank Cruz photo)

By now I think it’s safe to say that most of the general public has heard of the product known as Plasti Dip.

For those of you who may not be familiar with it, it is a spray-on rubber material. This was taken directly from Plasti Dip’s website: 

“Perhaps our most famous and most popular home solution product is the appropriately named Plasti Dip, which literally has 1,001 uses (probably even more—I’ll have someone make a list). It can be used around the house, in the garden, for arts and crafts, for auto repairs, for coating tool handles and parts, and so much more.” 

It recently has become a big hit in the car world since the company Dip Your Car decided to market it as a cheaper alternative to painting your wheels, trim, or even your whole car.

Some argue that nothing compares to a brand new professional paint job. While this may be true, the price comparison would be very appealing to a car enthusiast who may not be able to afford a $2,000+ paint job. Furthermore, when you paint your car, there’s no going back. With Plasti Dip, however, it is completely reversible — so if one decides they do not like the color choice or look, they can simply peel it off.

At first, Plasti Dip was only available in black and white in the aerosol cans, but boy has the variety grown. The aerosol cans work well enough for smaller jobs, but if you wanted to do a bigger project, you would want to purchase by the gallon and use a spray gun.

Franks Saab 9-3 wheels Plasti-Dipped 002

(Frank Cruz photo)

From personal use, I can testify that it is much easier to “dip” something than to paint, but you can still mess up. For example, the additives that bring a satin sheen or metallic shine to the Plasti Dip require extra care when spraying due to a build up of flakes reflecting more in heavier sprayed areas.

I just did my stock Saab 9-3 Aero wheels in matte white with an aerosol can, along with a “Metalizer” coating made by Plasti Dip which gives the matte colors a metallic look, as well as a gloss clear coat. Check out the images to see how different lighting affects the way the Plasti Dip shines. The white is a bit more difficult to do than a black, simply because it requires more coats and is less forgiving during application.

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