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Old 08-07-2018, 11:26 AM   #1
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Spray paint or plasti dip my wheels?

So I am planning on giving my wheels that gloss black color. But I was wondering which way is better (I already know that powdercoating them is the best way): Spray paint them or just plasti-dip them?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:36 AM   #2
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With the right prep, duplicolor gloss wheel paint comes out pretty damn factory finish as long as you take your time.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:43 AM   #3
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And what about durability? Do they last more than the plasti-dip?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:51 AM   #4
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Paint will definitely last longer than plastidip for sure
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:36 PM   #5
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I couldn't get a gloss finish with plastidip even with several coats of glossifier
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:26 PM   #6
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From what I’ve seen, like StingrayblueSS said, you can only get a high-gloss satin finish at most with numerous coats of glossifier on Plastidip. If you’re looking for something permanent, spray paint is the way to go. If you’re wanting something more temporary and reversible, either wrap the wheels or spray paint on top of several coats of Plastidip. Spraying paint on top of Plastidip will give you the gloss finish while also letting you peel it off easily.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:41 AM   #7
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Spray paint it is!! Thanks everyone!!
One more question, there will be no chirps or damage on the original chrome when I spray paint, right?
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I plastidip’d my chome trim on my previous car I did not sand it. It was on there for 9 years. No touchups or anything. It didn’t fade or peel. It may have shrunk just a tad. It’s very forgiving to apply. I didn’t apply it to wheels but given the abuse rims take if I were to do it I would research using plastidip. Paint is all about prep that’s the first hurdle. The second would be the clear coat. You need a 2k clear so the clear is as strong as it’s going to get via rattle can. Anything less than 2k wont last long. At some point, you WILL have touch up the rims again. No doubt about that. PlastiDip is a wash, mask and reapply. No sanding, no primer, etc. just spray over the old stuff. Don’t like it or mess up, just peel it off. Use a rag with goo off for what’s left. Your rims are exactly how they were before you started. Do your research. Once you scuff up your rims, there’s no going back. My car was a daily driver with 120k before I traded it in for my camaro.
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