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sfhpawel
04-12-2013, 03:07 PM
Hey guys, some of you may have seen this post on other forums. Wanted to share with other that are strictly here just because I am excited with the results and the end product results look, feel permanent but you can take them off at any time.

I included pictures of my trim pieces and mirrors.

1) I used black plasti dip- make sure to use the product room temp and that the can was not stored in a cool place. I did this mistake and the stuff came out like globs of oil.

2) I sprayed clear coat enamel on the plasti dip (it will be harder to take the plasti dip off though)

Note: mirrors were not sprayed clear and currently they are back to original white.


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http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p741/Pawel_Zajac/photo13_zpsfaabb7c6.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/Pawel_Zajac/media/photo13_zpsfaabb7c6.jpg.html)

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WegoFaster@Ambient Thermal Management
04-12-2013, 03:39 PM
You will get even better results if you heat the can. I placed the can on an electric heater, heated it up, shook it, then repeat 2 more times. Once the contents were uniformally heated, I sprayed. The sprays comes out in a fine mist and coats very nicely. If you attempt to paint with a cold can, it will come out sputtering and bubbling. The result is a nasty coating with tons of runs and bubbles.

shagghie
04-12-2013, 03:40 PM
I tried this on the rear diffusor.... didn't go so well, turned into a 'felt' like alien structure akin to a child's sleepy blanky. Color (the "red") didn't match up well with the rosso abarth trim decals either. Did you do your door handles too? Curious if it will hold up under use on something like that.... Nice work! (though, imo, you should use a razor and trim the badge so that the Abarth badge shows through.... just peel the Plastidip from off the badge part only.

sfhpawel
04-12-2013, 03:57 PM
The door handles are done except they look kinda bad(from the first attempt) which was outdoors and I left all the trim pieces on the car. Terrible experience as WeGoFaster stated... globby, I thought the product was defective. But I gave it another shot in warmer temp and made a world difference.

So im waiting a couple weekends to take my doors apart so i can get the handles off. With this crappy layer that I have on right now, seems to be holding up very well. with this product you should mostly worry about the edges where the stuff ends, even when pealing it off it wont rip apart on you (most of the time :) )

as for the badge, I have a 500T so I get a fiat logo. Maybe once some of you vendors offer a ecu reflash, I can then argue my car is Abarth badge worthy.

I prefer all black for now, I've been asked "what kind of car is that?" many times in a positive sense.

Thanks for your posts!

sfhpawel
04-12-2013, 04:04 PM
I tried this on the rear diffusor.... didn't go so well, turned into a 'felt' like alien structure akin to a child's sleepy blanky. Color (the "red") didn't match up well with the rosso abarth trim decals either. Did you do your door handles too? Curious if it will hold up under use on something like that.... Nice work! (though, imo, you should use a razor and trim the badge so that the Abarth badge shows through.... just peel the Plastidip from off the badge part only.

The texture you describe happened on the cardboard I had my trim peices laying on, I know what you mean. I took advice from a couple youtube videos. The first coat should be like 60% opacity very fine film. The remaining coats should be rather heavy but you dont want it to run! very easy to put too much in one spot. When you have a thicker coat, its drys and forms rather uniformly. My door handles have a couple run spots but because it was super heavy it looks like the coating you would find on pliers(dosnt have that orange peel texture)

2Cool
04-12-2013, 04:22 PM
I have used it on other car badges and small chrome trim with good results. It does seem to be temp sensitive, luckily being in FL it sprays well all year. A simple wipe with alcohol on a rag before spraying was all the prep required.

Last use was on the aluminum heat shield I fabricated for my Ebay intake. Makes it blend well under the hood.

Tweak
04-12-2013, 08:36 PM
Saw this on a black Abarth during our Dragon meet and it looked really nice, door handles were holding up well. Keep in mind that enough thin coats will build up a nice durable layer and it should hold up very well to chemicals and weather as well as being handled since it is originally designed to coat tools and become the portion you hold as you perform work with said tool. Pretty nicely done and also instead of the clearcoat you can use the PlastiDip Glossifier they make specifically for adding shine.

Rock Abarth
04-12-2013, 09:35 PM
I plan to do my door handles as well when the weather here warms up. I'm hoping it holds well. Curious on how guys have been coating the inner sides of the handle?

lenswerks
04-12-2013, 10:19 PM
It holds up very well with no clear coat of any type.
I've had it on front emblem of my VW Turbo-S for years and while the FL sand at beltway speeds eats bumper paint and windshield glass, the emblem looks like the day I put it on.

lenswerks
04-13-2013, 07:07 PM
You can also hold can under hot running water, shake and repeat a few times.

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sfhpawel
04-16-2013, 08:24 AM
I plan to do my door handles as well when the weather here warms up. I'm hoping it holds well. Curious on how guys have been coating the inner sides of the handle?

Take them off the doors :) it's not too great of a process but it will look right. I honestly do not see any other way if you want to do it neat. Currently the inside of my handles are chrome because I left those on the car. Waiting a couple more weeks for interior work, I'll take doors apart same time I upgrade my speakers :)

And yes it holds up really well without the clear coat because my handles havnt been clear coated. I just wanted the clear coat to keep the whole ride rather glossy and give it a factory look as much as possible.

WMWFiat
04-21-2013, 10:52 PM
We use and sell Plasti Dip all the time now, heck it's fun just to spray on about anything.
If you haven't seen they have a new Glossifier to give it a little shine rather than the standard dull look.
http://www.waymotorworks.com/plasti-dip-spray-glossifier.html