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Old 11-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of using plastidip on the wheels of my daily to protect it and also to "murder" it out. How's the durability on wheels?
Great. I had plastidipped wheels on my bmw for a long time. See below.

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As long as you want? Its very durable.

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How long does it last?
I have had the wheels and chrome done on one of my cars for a year this december, and still looks as good as the day I put it on. Its all about prep. One of my salesman did his wheels without cleaning properly, and it did some peeling.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #64 (permalink)
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As Rich just said, it's all about prep. Luckily, I paint alot, so I have an entire shelf dedicated to prep products. I actually keep large stock of a quality wax and grease remover. I also keep a spray bottle on the side of my paint cart. You just generously spray it on, let it do it's work for a bit, then wipe it off. I normally go over things a few times just to be sure. It's really simple to prep.

If you want to do wheels, just scrub them alot as if you were normally washing the car. Most car soaps are fairly safe to use... just don't use stuff that is silicone heavy (tire shine, armor all, etc). Then hit it with the wax and grease remover really quick. I wouldn't worry about little specs of dirt or whatever happens to be stuck to the inside of your wheels. The Plastidip covers alot.
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As Rich just said, it's all about prep. Luckily, I paint alot, so I have an entire shelf dedicated to prep products. I actually keep large stock of a quality wax and grease remover. I also keep a spray bottle on the side of my paint cart. You just generously spray it on, let it do it's work for a bit, then wipe it off. I normally go over things a few times just to be sure. It's really simple to prep.

If you want to do wheels, just scrub them alot as if you were normally washing the car. Most car soaps are fairly safe to use... just don't use stuff that is silicone heavy (tire shine, armor all, etc). Then hit it with the wax and grease remover really quick. I wouldn't worry about little specs of dirt or whatever happens to be stuck to the inside of your wheels. The Plastidip covers alot.
Thanks for the tips. What's the best place to buy some plastidip?
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Thanks for the tips. What's the best place to buy some plastidip?
A couple cans of it will do an entire set of wheels (depending on how thick you want it). You can get them at most auto parts stores.
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Spray paint? So I just basically stuff some newspaper behind the wheel openings to protect the rotors, etc., and block off the fenders and go to town on the wheel itself or would you recommend removal?
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Thanks for the tips. What's the best place to buy some plastidip?
https://www.dipyourcar.com/product.p...&cat=15&page=1
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Yeah, I know!

I just find it funny when people go batsh*t about 10-15 pounds on a car is only driven on the street. At the end of the day, is 1,996 pounds REALLY all that different from 1,995?

If people TRULY cared, there are many things you can do without modifying the car to shave the dreaded weight of a can of paint:

- No ipod - that thing weighs like 4 ounces and that cord is a heavy beast.
- No bottles of water - water is like 8# a gallon. That bottle is a portly 12 ounces!
- No house keys on the key chain. Fatty.
- Don't wear a jacket, socks, a belt of a baseball hat. The doctor makes you get nekkid when he weighs you - clothes are fat. Lose them! You should drive in a speedo and a tank top. Nothing else. All other clothes are extraneous and heavy.
- No phone - it's heavy and you don't need to be texting anyway.
- If you MUST wear shoes, velcro is the way to go (ala Puma Ripstops). Those laces weight 3 ounces and don't even get me started on how heavy that little plastic thing is at the end of the lace.
- Some people wash their cars after every drive. As part of the Lotus prep ritual, you must get a high colonic to remove all the impurities from your sphincter. That's like 10 pounds of funk.
- Lastly, you must go to church, to your guru or to Dr. Phil. Impure and sick thoughts are heavy. That drops like 1 ounce!

And never, I repeat never drive the car on Thanksgiving. The extra 2 pounds of turkey weight may break the glue on the chassis!
ROFL...

Yeah, people do that on bikes too when we are racing... and spend thousands on carbon fiber and other lightening parts to save a total of a pound or two... when they can very well just go on a diet and take a big dump before the race. The only big savings used to come from switching out the factory exhaust for a titanium system but nowadays a lot of bikes already come with factory titanium systems so there is negligible weight savings and sometimes you actually gain weight with an aftermarket system, which offsets your gain in power.

Besides... if you are in that much of a need to drop a few pounds because you think you will be racing neck and neck and the weight will help you with that 0.00005 second advantage as you drag race to the finish line... then maybe you need to improve your cornering a bit more so you can have a solid lead instead.

You missed some tips too...

- shave down the key and don't even carry the alarm fob, batteries are heavy
- take out all the extra plastic parts like the console cover, shifter console, steering column cover, rear bin cover, etc.
- take out all extra bolts and screws, you only need 1 or 2 instead of all of them
- use pure nitrogen in the tires, save weight over that dense heavy regular air
- take out the center caps and stem caps on wheels
- shave all the tread on tires to remove extra rubber, that stuff is heavy, heck, shave it down to the bare threads so you can get rid of all the rubber
- heck, go down to the 11" safety donut spare tires all around, light weight and saves gas too
- replace all glass with thin lexan
- take out the boot liner
- heck, take off the bonnet cover too
- remove windshield wiper/motor
- remove sun visors
- replace mirrors with the little dentist mirror, affix with scotch tape
- remove all the pedals, just step on the pointy end of the rod
- take off gas cap, throw away
- only drive with 2 gallons of gas, that stuff is heavy
- empty windshield wiper fluid reservoir
- drain battery to 60%, those damn extra 40% more electrons get heavy
- shave steering wheel to a thin wire, cut off segments on top/bottom to make it a fighter plane control wheel
- throw away heavy metal shift knob, push/pull on linkage rod
- replace belly pan with saran wrap, still windproof but way lighter
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Spray paint? So I just basically stuff some newspaper behind the wheel openings to protect the rotors, etc., and block off the fenders and go to town on the wheel itself or would you recommend removal?
- Take the wheel off.
- Scrub that sucker clean.
- Buy a deck of cards.
- Stick cards in between the tire and the rim all the way around.
- Go to town with the paint.
- If you mess up... just peel it and start over.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:02 PM   #71 (permalink)
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This guy has the right idea...


...He left out the whole "scrub them clean so you don't paint over mad amounts of road grime and brake dust" part.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:05 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips. What's the best place to buy some plastidip?
Home Depot. Cheapest there, and you don't have to pay to ship it. They can also order anything that Plastidip makes. I had them get me some of the "Glossifier" so I could gloss my wheel instead of matte...but then I decided I like the matte look cause it is more a satin than a matte.
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ROFL...

Yeah, people do that on bikes too when we are racing... and spend thousands on carbon fiber and other lightening parts to save a total of a pound or two... when they can very well just go on a diet and take a big dump before the race. The only big savings used to come from switching out the factory exhaust for a titanium system but nowadays a lot of bikes already come with factory titanium systems so there is negligible weight savings and sometimes you actually gain weight with an aftermarket system, which offsets your gain in power.

Besides... if you are in that much of a need to drop a few pounds because you think you will be racing neck and neck and the weight will help you with that 0.00005 second advantage as you drag race to the finish line... then maybe you need to improve your cornering a bit more so you can have a solid lead instead.

You missed some tips too...

- shave down the key and don't even carry the alarm fob, batteries are heavy
- take out all the extra plastic parts like the console cover, shifter console, steering column cover, rear bin cover, etc.
- take out all extra bolts and screws, you only need 1 or 2 instead of all of them
- use pure nitrogen in the tires, save weight over that dense heavy regular air
- take out the center caps and stem caps on wheels
- shave all the tread on tires to remove extra rubber, that stuff is heavy, heck, shave it down to the bare threads so you can get rid of all the rubber
- heck, go down to the 11" safety donut spare tires all around, light weight and saves gas too
- replace all glass with thin lexan
- take out the boot liner
- heck, take off the bonnet cover too
- remove windshield wiper/motor
- remove sun visors
- replace mirrors with the little dentist mirror, affix with scotch tape
- remove all the pedals, just step on the pointy end of the rod
- take off gas cap, throw away
- only drive with 2 gallons of gas, that stuff is heavy
- empty windshield wiper fluid reservoir
- drain battery to 60%, those damn extra 40% more electrons get heavy
- shave steering wheel to a thin wire, cut off segments on top/bottom to make it a fighter plane control wheel
- throw away heavy metal shift knob, push/pull on linkage rod
- replace belly pan with saran wrap, still windproof but way lighter
A few other things I've noticed for weight loss:

- LOTUS logo on back. LOSE IT! That's 3 ounces.
- Seatbelt for passenger seat. You should NEVER have a passenger in your car (extra weight) so lose that seatbelt
- Better yet, lost the entire seat!

Sunglasses - if you aren't wearing Unobtanium sunglasses, you aren't an enthusiast.

Lastly, for all of you hipster types - NO FARKING BEARDS!!! Beards are heavy. Shave them off. Better yet, shave your entire body for weight loss and aerodynamics!

On a separate note, I'm Austin this week on business and apparently there's a big swim tourney at UT. The airport was loaded with the swim and dive teams from a number of schools. I saw Arizona, Auburn, Duquesne and Iowa State. Let's just say that collegiate swimmer chicks from Auburn are now on my Christmas list. ALL wearing yoga pants.

Austin airport = live music, Salt Lick BBQ and hot collegiate swimmer chicks in
yoga pants = heaven!
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A few other things I've noticed for weight loss:

- LOTUS logo on back. LOSE IT! That's 3 ounces.
- Seatbelt for passenger seat. You should NEVER have a passenger in your car (extra weight) so lose that seatbelt
- Better yet, lost the entire seat!

Sunglasses - if you aren't wearing Unobtanium sunglasses, you aren't an enthusiast.

Lastly, for all of you hipster types - NO FARKING BEARDS!!! Beards are heavy. Shave them off. Better yet, shave your entire body for weight loss and aerodynamics!

On a separate note, I'm Austin this week on business and apparently there's a big swim tourney at UT. The airport was loaded with the swim and dive teams from a number of schools. I saw Arizona, Auburn, Duquesne and Iowa State. Let's just say that collegiate swimmer chicks from Auburn are now on my Christmas list. ALL wearing yoga pants.

Austin airport = live music, Salt Lick BBQ and hot collegiate swimmer chicks in
yoga pants = heaven!
I guess we have something decent here after all... lmao!
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That looks great to me.
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- Take the wheel off.
- Scrub that sucker clean.
- Buy a deck of cards.
- Stick cards in between the tire and the rim all the way around.
- Go to town with the paint.
- If you mess up... just peel it and start over.
you did the inside also or just the face?
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Plastidip says use their spray instead of painters tape for trackdays too. Just spray on, drive, then peel off. Way cleaner than tape and looks better too if you just used a matching color or clear.
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That's why I am looking into it. Only thing is I don't want to keep buying the little 11 oz cans at home depot here. I want a full size gallon but not even any of the companies online will ship to CA.
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That's why I am looking into it. Only thing is I don't want to keep buying the little 11 oz cans at home depot here. I want a full size gallon but not even any of the companies online will ship to CA.
Dipyourcar.com says they ship to all 48 states, just not by air.
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