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Old 04-17-2013, 06:25 PM   #81
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From my experience yes.
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Primered cars look like ****. These plastidipped ones look pretty damn good. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like the plastidip would look better and hold up better than spraying primer on my car.
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18psi - You love to argue, don't you?

No one is saying a higher-end Plasti-Dip job (like the pearl white one) is a replacement for a decent quality paint job, in terms of quality of outcome. They are just saying, for less than the price of a shitty MAACO paint job (complete with overspray and drips everywhere), the DIYer can buy a full kit - including the tools - and end up with something easily replaceable or reversible.

I would never Plasti-Dip my car and I would never expect you to, either, because your cars all seem to be in good condition from the begining. I would spend the money (2x to 6x as much or more) on a proper paint job.

I would also never buy an automatic Corvette, but that doesn't mean it's a bad decision for some people.
I'm bored and we're having a discussion. Where can you get a full kit to do this and materials for under 300? (that's what a maaco spray job costs iirc)

I like my corvette. Its a better daily driver than most here have
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Atanas - You think spraypaint would look better than this, for example?
SERIOUS QUESTION:

have you seen what that looks like after a good period of time of regular every day use?

I have. Personally. My friend dipped his 350Z.

It was 3-4 months ago. I'll snap some pics of it soon if I see him.

PROTIP: it looks like poo

And I don't care how many herrafrush hard parkers swear up and down that its as durable as paint. I've seen real life results.

That's why I'm skeptical of it.

PS: I'm not dismissing it altogether. I've actually considered it myself on my current miata. But just couldn't get myself to do it
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Primered cars look like ****. These plastidipped ones look pretty damn good. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like the plastidip would look better and hold up better than spraying primer on my car.
Here is my friends car:

White Enkeis - a set on Flickr

dipped.

looks fantastic

***in pictures***

I'm gonna ask him to snap a few in the next couple days for you guys. Seriously. Its bad.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:56 PM   #86
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There is a link in this thread above with the ~$300 kit.

Based on my experience dipping my Miata's shorty center console black, I would not be surprised if a mediocre job doesn't hold up well. I sure as heck wouldn't want to have to peel and re-spray the car every six months and that would blow the cost savings up as well.

Like I said, it's 2013. I'm not going to judge you for your automotive lifestyle choices. You like automatics and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Like I said, it's 2013. I'm not going to judge you for your automotive lifestyle choices. You like automatics and there's nothing wrong with that.
Heck no. I got it cause it was a deal. I'd gladly swap it for a 6 speed if someone traded straight across

back on topic lol
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:08 AM   #88
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I ended up priming the underbody on my jeep few years ago. i did the control arms on my miata they both looked flat black. The primer was harder though.
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I've thought about dipping my miata, the paint is showing its age and it really needs help.
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Dipping might be the easiest way to get a red 90 the same matte appearance on all panels.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #91
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Here is my friends car:

White Enkeis - a set on Flickr

dipped.

looks fantastic

***in pictures***

I'm gonna ask him to snap a few in the next couple days for you guys. Seriously. Its bad.
Your friends car looks like **** in the pictures if you really look. On the profile shot you can see the blotchiness. He or whoever else may have dipped his car did a completely shitty job. I have personally seen 2 cars that have been dipped for 2+ years and sit outside in the Florida heat everyday. One is on an F150 that the guy takes mudding all the time and then sprays with a pressure washer to clean. They look just like the cars I have seen that have a quality dip job do on day 1. If you know how to spray the dip to get even coats and put at least 5 or 6 coats on the car it looks great and is very durable.
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Maybe. I dunno.

So then it comes down to spending more money on quality equipment, and lots of material (to do 5 coats), and lots of time to do it properly. So way more than $300 ?
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No you can do it properly to a Miata for $300. The 3 gallons in the kit will provide at least 6 coats. The real difference I see is the technique used to spray and making sure the car is very clean before you start spraying. Most people rush it or spray from either too far, too close, or with the sprayer set too high. They have released so many videos on how to do it properly and if you take your time and follow their advice it looks fantastic.

The thing with plastidip though is you cannot get that mirror gloss look you can get from a good paint job. It is not the equivalent to a good paint job. It is a good alternative for someone who wants to change colors every few years or change the color of a new car without shitting on resale value with a respray. I also think it is a great way to protect flawless OEM paint. It only makes sense to use if it fits your goals.
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Maybe. I dunno.

So then it comes down to spending more money on quality equipment, and lots of material (to do 5 coats), and lots of time to do it properly. So way more than $300 ?
From the link buffon posted and I referenced earlier (that you refuse to click on?), for $300 you get:

* Sprayer
* 3 gallons of Sprayable Plasti Dip
* DipWasher
* Mixing sticks
* Microfiber towels
* Masking tape

"A must have for someone who wants to save the time and have a perfect and even finish."


That would be compared to grabbing a bunch of spray cans and going to town.
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Maybe. I dunno.

So then it comes down to spending more money on quality equipment, and lots of material (to do 5 coats), and lots of time to do it properly. So way more than $300 ?
You can always just buy the gun at home depot and order gallons of paint.

Earlex Spray Station 3500 HVLP Paint Sprayer-HV3500US at The Home Depot

Two gallons should be enough to spay 5 coats on a miata... I think
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Here is what a well done plastidip job looks like. He has glossifer on this car.













This cost him $500 dollars for someone else to do including all of the prep work.
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My back finish panel that's been dipped for about a year and a half now next to a square I put a few glosified coats on.

Up against a civic that's in my driveway for some reason.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #98
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I would rather vinyl wrap because getting plastidip to not run is a pain in the ***.
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^ So you are saying with the patience and time with vinyl, you cant be just as patient with a few light coats of plastidip?

Vinyl is shinier, but its more time consuming and harder to repair of torn, also wrinkles is always the fight.

(I worked as a vinyl applicator for about 2 years successfully, quit due to better opportunity)

I'd rather buy that dipyourcar kit than rolls of vinyl, soapy spray bottle, and a heat gun, along with a fine sewing needle for bubbles that magically appeared due to deep scratches in car paint and whatnot. Vinyl is also harder to remove after its been in the sun a few times.
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I plastidipped a fender, and it didn't come off very easy. It did come off, but using a heat gun and stretching isn't that bad.

I'm going to vinyl wrap my car this year since it's 50 shades of black and I think that plastidip won't give me the desired result I am looking for.
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