How to: plasti dip front bumper
This is going to be a tutorial on how to Plasti-Dip the front bumper of the lancer.
First off, here are a couple Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Plasti Dip? Plasti Dip is a multi-purpose air dry, synthetic rubber coating that can be easily applied by spraying, brushing or dipping (for this tutorial we will be using the spraying method). Plasti Dip protective coating is resistant to moisture, acids, abrasion, corrosion, skidding/slipping, and provides a comfortable, controlled grip. It remains flexible, stretchy and will not become brittle or crack in extreme weather conditions; -30°F to 200°F.
Can it be removed? Yes! Plasti Dip can be removed.
How much will I need? For just doing what is being covered in this how to, you will only need one 14.5 ounce can. Even after I was done, I still had about a half of a can left.
Do I need to primer? No primer is necessary, I didn't use any, but I'm sure you can if you want to, and it wouldn't hurt anything.
Where can I buy Plasti Dip? I bought mine at Home Depot, but I'm sure you can find it at most other hardware stores, and maybe even auto parts stores.
Ok, now that we have a that cleared up, lets get on with it.
Step One: Clean
This one is pretty easy... CLEAN YOUR CAR! Make sure to pay close attention to cleaning the area that we will be working on.
To make the next step go smoother, after you have let your car sit for a little bit and dry, grab a leaf blower if you have one and blow off the front end of your car. you will be surprised at how much water sits under that grille, that will cause your tape not to stick when you are taping everything off. This is an optional step and doesn't have to be done but is recommended.
Step Two: Prep
Using Painters tape, tape off all around the center piece of the bumper. MAKE SURE you take your time with this step. After you get the "outline" done with the tape, cover ALL off the surrounding areas with newspaper and tape that down. MAKE SURE nothing is exposed on the entire front of your car... In my picture, I left a little exposed and after every coat I was wiping those areas off, because they were catching over spray, so COVER IT ALL!
Step Three: Paint
Here is the fun part! Vigorously shake up your can of Plasti Dip, spray a little bit on the grass or something to make sure its coming out nice and even. Hold the can aprox. 6" away from the surface and spray in a horizontal sweeping motion. You should start spraying while you are aimed over the newspaper and stop spraying once you have reached the newspaper on the opposite side. 1 continuous spray per sweep. Continue this motion until you reach the bottom, there is your first coat!
Allow 30 minutes of dry time between applications.
Repeat step 3 for as many coats as you would like. I personally did 3 coats, but my suggestion is: If you live up north where you encounter more climate changes, I would suggest doing 4 coats because im sure ice and snow and all the stuff kicked up from the road will cause a little wear over time, and 1 more coat would help with that.
Here is what mine looked like after painting:
ALLOW AT LEAST 1 HOUR TO DRY BEFORE MOVING ON TO STEP 4!!!!
Step Four: Tape Removal
This is the most tedious step! This step requires A LOT of attention and patience. For this step you will need a BRAND NEW razor blade.
Get up really close to the tape, start in one corner and VERY CAREFULLY begin to lift the tape. you will notice that the Plasti Dip has began to mold to the tape, this is where the razor comes in handy, VERY CAREFULLY slide the razor along the edge of the tape to separate the Plasti Dip from the tape. As you are peeling up the tape, be cautious that there are no little pieces of tape stuck inside the Plasti Dip. It is going to be very hard to get a PERFECT STRAIGHT edge... your edges may be a little jagged, and that is ok, because most peoples are, but you cant notice unless you are close up to it.
Once all is done step back, and enjoy your new front end. I think it gives our cars a much more aggressive look and I couldnt imagine going back to the other way, I think this should be everybody's first mod. lol
I really hope this how to was helpful. Good luck with your future modifications!