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    Plasti dipped my rims

    I have seen guys doing this with their car rims and figured why not give it a go. The hardest part was masking off the spokes. But for $20 and a few hours I think they turned out pretty good. No need to sand the rims and of you don't like it you just peel it off. I haven't gone for a ride yet so I'm not sure how well they hold up, but since some guys say they 4x4 with them on their truck rims and power wash them and it seems to hold up fine.





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    look good i guess the test will be over time and use.

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    Dad gum! Someone beat me to it! I was thinking about doing the same thing! How did you mask off the spokes? That turned out awesome by the way! Nice job!

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    My concern would be whether or not the plastidip restricts the nipples if you need to true the wheel. Do they turn free or are the gummed up with the stuff?

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    I just wrap a some painters tape around the nipples and then folded a strip arournd the spokes. On the frist one I didn't mask the hub and with got oversprayed pretty good. It was more of a pain taking it off. With this stuff you have to do a couple light coats to build up a base and then you can put it on pretty heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbaz View Post
    My concern would be whether or not the plastidip restricts the nipples if you need to true the wheel. Do they turn free or are the gummed up with the stuff?
    The nipples don't have any on them and they turn fine.
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    never seen a mukluk all nated up, looks really bad ass dude
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    I'm loving all these colour changes, mukluk looks ace
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    Looks cool, but how much weight do you suppose it added to your wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogieMang View Post
    Looks cool, but how much weight do you suppose it added to your wheels?
    similar to powder coating i suspect but not sure what that diff is however once i purchase my ML's i'll do a weigh before/after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogieMang View Post
    Looks cool, but how much weight do you suppose it added to your wheels?
    Once it drys I'm guessing not very much. On a bike like this it wouldn't even matter
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    so, pardon my total ignorance, what is plasti-dip, and how does it work?

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    It's a rubber coating, can get it in spray on or like regular paint. Industrial Protective Coatings & Adhesives, Plastic Coatings, Protective Foam Coatings
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    Wow, no shit!!! I would never have guessed such a low-cost solution for colouring fatty rims.

    Now, I just need to find a semi-matching shade of orange for the Large Marges on my 9:zero:7Ö
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    After seeing how well that turned out I may have to plastidip a whole bike!

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    I suspect it may be similar to the spray in bed liners for trucks no??

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    Update: after a couple rides and some mud, dirt, rocks and snow it still looks good. the only issue is I didn't put enough on the lips of the rims and the tire rubbing on it has worn it of and it is starting to peel but that is my fault and not the product.



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    Sincere question: Why--what were you hoping to gain?

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    Does it make your bike impervious to radar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Sincere question: Why--what were you hoping to gain?
    Uh white wheels perhaps at the fraction of the cost?

    I think they turned out great. Some minor upkeep and they will hold up really well.... I've plastidipped a lot of stuff on cars and motorcycles and it is a great product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Sincere question: Why--what were you hoping to gain?
    I want to see how it would look like with white wheels and this was the cheapest way and if I don't like it just peel it off. I do like it and I might in the future take the wheels apart and paint them for good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRider View Post
    Does it make your bike impervious to radar?
    When you ride as slow as I do radar won't pick you up
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    Looks good, but I'm still skeptical that it's gonna hold up. Let us know how this holds up with time, cause I kind of want to do this with a spare set of wheels I have.
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    looks great. I was expecting black. tips: pull the tape before it dries. I would overlap the tires just the same as the wheels, and then once dry, using a dull edge along the tire and peel off the "paint". it will cause a better adhered edge on the rim and not what happened to you.

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    That looks good. Any updates on how its lasting? Anyone else do the same thing?

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    Cool, im doing the same thing right how. but in orange

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    how is it holding up now hizzity??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    how is it holding up now hizzity??

    after a hard summer of lots of mud, rocks and more rocks there are some nicks. It is also peeling a bit from the tire rubbing on the rim edge, but I didn't put enough on the edge. so i think if a guy was to do it again I would put on a couple more coats than I did. I think I did 3 but 5 would be better. All in all I am pretty happy with it.





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    Did you plasti-dip with the tires on or off? Does it peel off easily if you dont like it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    Did you plasti-dip with the tires on or off?
    really! your JK right??

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    Seeing as how you plastidip car rims with the tires on I don't know what your are suggesting. Thanks for your valuable response.

    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    really! your JK right??
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    Seeing as how you plastidip car rims with the tires on I don't know what your are suggesting. Thanks for your valuable response.
    your welcome and no car rims or any other type rim would not and should not be done with said rubber mounted.
    I'm suggesting it's silly to even consider such a technique, after all whats going to happen within the first 100yds of a ride? the seal between rim & tire will crack/break and be a mess negating the entire process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    your welcome and no car rims or any other type rim would not and should not be done with said rubber mounted.
    I'm suggesting it's silly to even consider such a technique, after all whats going to happen within the first 100yds of a ride? the seal between rim & tire will crack/break and be a mess negating the entire process.
    You're joking right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    You're joking right?
    frankly not even though the tires can be masked off it's still a ghetto coating @ best. Take the time and have them powder coated and be far ahead of the game, no joking but thanks.

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    Plasti dipped my rims

    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    really! your JK right??
    Actually, not that strange a question IMO - guys plasti-dip wheels on cars and cycles with the tires on (or off as well) all the time. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlyB3FbYRRs

    Oops - I see the conversation has progressed before I finished posting - carry on...

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    Not sure how to respond to that. Are you just trolling? I asked the OP whether he sprayed it with the tires on or off....now you are saying to power coat a rim.....not sure what argument you are trying to make...

    Anyhow, hope the OP responds because I'm curious if it might explain the tire rub issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    frankly not even though the tires can be masked off it's still a ghetto coating @ best. Take the time and have them powder coated and be far ahead of the game, no joking but thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    Not sure how to respond to that. Are you just trolling? I asked the OP whether he sprayed it with the tires on or off....now you are saying to power coat a rim.....not sure what argument you are trying to make...

    and how exactly would i be trolling.......geez. Firstly i'm not trying to make any argument with anyone or about anything but rather state the obvious which is the plastic dip being applied with tires mounted is not the way to approach such a task. Secondly the powder coating process while a tedious one is far superior from start to finish therefor giving results one can appreciate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    state the obvious which is the plastic dip being applied with tires mounted is not the way to approach such a task.
    It is not uncommon. In fact it is recommended by the DipYourCar guys in the video I posted.

    So...per your earlier comment "really! your JK right??" Yes really. no i'm not kidding.
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    Yeah that guy in the video looks like a real pro. I know I never mask anything when using paint or chemicals... yeah... just spray it all over the place. Usually in the garage too without any ventilation.
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    I still don't get why. PlastiDip on rims? Car wheels? At least rattle can paint adheres a little better with good prep, doesn't add as much weight or peal off in rubbery chunks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    I did just watch. Stupidest, most ghetto thing I've seen done on a nice car with decent wheels. Fast and Furious. Whew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    It is not uncommon. In fact it is recommended by the DipYourCar guys in the video I posted.

    So...per your earlier comment "really! your JK right??" Yes really. no i'm not kidding.
    and that means what exactly?? that because they made a vid it's good? nothing but junk, yes really!!

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    I'm wondering what the benefit of Plastidip vs regular paint. It seems the process would be the same, but I would imagine that a good epoxy primer and acrylic top coat would give a higher quality coating with better adherence.

    Perhaps it is the rubbery consistency of the plasticoat that would presumably absorb impacts from pebbles and such? I don't know, but it doesn't look like that stuff is sticking all that well.

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    Plasti dipped my rims

    You can peel plasti dip off if u decide you don't like it or it gets beat up.

    Paint doesn't peel off very well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renurbs View Post
    You can peel plasti dip off if u decide you don't like it or it gets beat up.

    Paint doesn't peel off very well
    Yeah that's what I was thinking. but if I wanted to color my rims, I think I would choose a durable paint, and touch it up as needed, rather than the weaker plasticoat just because it is peelable.

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