Some answers to things people ask us all the time.
How long does Plasti Dip Last?
If properly applied, Plasti Dip® could last as long as 3 years without having to be retouched. It is very durable and will not lose it's bond. The spray distance when applying as well as the amount of coats applied will heavily determine the longevity of the product. After 3 years, or during the three years if desired, a new refresher coat can be easily applied.
Will it hold up to the elements (sun, winter)?
Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including sun exposure, winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually dip their wheels and cars specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season. Please keep in mind however that Fluorescent and Blaze products are subject to fading after prolonged UV exposure. This only happens with these two items due to the fluorescent pigments utilized. We highly recommend Dip Coat™ Protective Spray to reduce the chance or marring and to increase UV protection.
Will it hold up to heat and racing?
Plasti Dip® is heat resistant up to 200 degrees F. Dipped wheels have a great record holding up to the heat and abuse from racing or rally events.
How does Plasti Dip hold up to gasoline?
Plasti Dip® is a solvent based coating and does not hold up to gasoline! Please be careful when filling your tank or working with gasoline around a dipped surface. For everyday use we highly recommned using the DYC Dip Guard Gasoline Potector and provide one with each standard liquid wrap we send out the door. The Dip Guard is a universal product that fits almost any gas tank and will give you greater room for error when fueling your Dipped vehicle.
Can I dip my brand new or freshly painted car?
When considering dipping new or newly repainted cars, DYC recommends testing your paint before any plasti dip application. Apply the product to a small inconspicuous area and remove the dip after it's dried ensure the new paint is cured enough to withstand the application and removal process. Testing is always suggested before dipping a repainted or repaired car, and a wait time of at least 5 weeks is recommended.
Does it really peel off?
Yes, all of our coatings, with the exception of bedliner, really do peel off. We always suggest and apply a minimum of 5 coats, not only for durability, but to make sure it peels off in large pieces when you are ready.
How many coats should I put on?
We always suggests a minimum of 5 coats. Winter wheels, bumpers, grille, etc. may benefit from an extra couple coats for good measure.
How should I prep my car or wheels before dipping?
We always suggests using PreDip Spray and MicroFiber Towels to prep the wheels or car before dipping. This will eliminate and grease, oil, dirt, debris or wax that may hinder the dip's ability to bond. Allow the surface to dry completely, any moisture (even if it is not visible, behind body panels or trim) could negatively affect the bonding process and lead to bubbling. A clean and dry surface is essential.
Will liquid wraps work exactly the same on every car, every surface?
Although Plasti Dip® works and behaves exactly the same for most users, there are certainly specific circumstances in which the Plasti Dip® could not behave as expected. The age of the car, the condition of the clear coat, if you have already done a DIY paint job on the surface, etc. are all possible factors that could effect the way the Plasti Dip® bonds, peels, or the covers. Although most users will have a predictable and trouble free experience with dip, we suggest you do a small test spot on the surfaces you will be dipping before you begin your project.
Could dip damage my clear coat?
Luquid wraps have been used on cars for over 5 years, and we have experienced zero damage to the cars we have dipped, peeled and redipped. However every car, and every situation is unique. Even with Plasti Dip's great track record, we still recommend dipping a small test spot on your car before dipping the entire thing. Especially consider longer test phases with cars that have been re-painted. Every paint shop will use different types and amounts of clear coat - and Plasti Dip® can't possibly guarantee the exact same result on every unique paint job.
How can I wash the dipped areas of my car?
Dipped items/cars can be easily hand washed with regular car wash soap though we highly recommend our well known DipWasher and DipWash combo available at dipyourcar.com in the Car Wash and Aftercare collection.
Can I use liquid wrap as a clear protective bra for the front of my car?
Of course! Hundreds of people have used clear liquid wraps as a protective clear bra. Works great!
How can I protect my dip and ensure it stays in the best condition?
The Dip Coat™ Protective Spray has been developed for exactly this reason; to protect your dip and keep it looking great. Dip Coat™ will give your Dip an improved, slick feel that will help to resist maring, scratches, staining, and it will be easier to clean. Dip Coat™ also protects against damaging UV rays. We also recommend using Dip Wash for cleaning your dipped surface, as it's gentle formula is engineered specifically for cleaning dipped surfaces, as well as is compatible with foam cannon systems. Dip Wash and Dip Coat are available at a discounted price as an add-on to all our customers.
Can I dip over head lights and tail lights?
In our experience, we have found that liquid wraps peel easily off of most lights. However, we have found a few types of head lights or tail lights do not respond well with dip. Our suggestion, to be safe, is to always mask off head lights and tail lights to ensure there is no negative reaction, which we do with each vehicle we spray ourselves.
Will liquid wrap protect my wheels from winter salt/snow?
All liquid wraps extremely resistant to the elements, including winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually dip their wheels and cars specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season.
Is it possible to achieve a high gloss finish?
Yes, high gloss finishes that replicate factory automotive clearcoats are finally available with dip! Autoflex and Halo EFX True Gloss are both high gloss; fuel, solvent, and scratch resistant; and are capable of being cut, buffed, wet-sanded, waxed and polished when fully cured. I know you may be skeptical of peelable paint really looking/feeling like traditional automotive paint, but it truly is possible without any damage to your vehicle when applied properly. These options are more expensive and take a little longer to install than standard liquid wraps, but the resulting finish and durability is very much worth it, especially when compared to the quality and price of other options. These options are engineered for professional use, and professional equipment (HVLP or RP spray gun, contaminant-free spray booth, protective equipment, etc...) is necessary. Don't hesitate to ask for more information on these products, especially if you are considering doing the work yourself. We're always glad to help!
Can pearls be added to dip?
Yes, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of various pearls that are compatible with liquid wrap. Through the use of pearls, flakes, juices, and other color additives, virtually any color is available in any finish using peelable paint. This means that anything from a solid color, to a custom pearl with flakes, to a colorshift with candy is possible with liquid wrap, all at an unbeatable price. Some outlets we recommend for finding your desired color are KP Pigments, Dipspade, Cosmic Pearls, Pearls and Pigments, Dr. Pigment, Alpha Pigments, and Eye Candy Pearls.