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So I am considering using Plastidip on my emblems and possibly my wheels. The emblems seem easy enough, but the wheels are the plastic chrome clad kind. Anyone tried this before on those wheels?

Couple questions for anyone who has:

1. Does it last? or am I forever going to be doing touch ups?
2. How does it react to weather extremes, like plus 40 in the summer to -40 in the winter?
3. Afterwards how does it react to cleaning products? I am thinking tire wall foam?

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I have done it to both. Badges are easy and so are the wheels. The secret it how you put each coat on. make the first coat very light (50% coverage) then progressive heavier coats after that. I would do at least 6 coats waiting 20 minutes between each one.
Did mine in the fall and they lasted through this crazy winter no problem. Here is a pic. No problem with the tire shine products either

Personally I would take the rims off to paint them so you don't make a mess of the rotors.

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I have done it to both. Badges are easy and so are the wheels. The secret it how you put each coat on. make the first coat very light (50% coverage) then progressive heavier coats after that. I would do at least 6 coats waiting 20 minutes between each one.
Did mine in the fall and they lasted through this crazy winter no problem. Here is a pic. No problem with the tire shine products either

Personally I would take the rims off to paint them so you don't make a mess of the rotors.

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Thanks Ranman, how many cans did it take for all the wheels? I just don't want to buy a couple and then have to go out to get more.

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Has anyone plasti-dipped the lug-nuts? The bumpers are the same colour as the truck and I am thinking I should make the lug-nuts black also but worry it will come off when I tighten them.
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Wow Ranman. Those turned out seriously pro. Great job.
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Cut a plastic bag and wrap it around your cold rotors. It'll prevent over spray on your brake components.
Plasti dip the lugs with them installed, otherwise you will mark them up when putting them on. You'll probably have to touch them up every time you remove the lugs/
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2 cans is more than enough for all 4 wheels. Shadow is right, The plastic bag works fine if you leave them on when painting
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If you are doing your emblems and wheels, I would get 4 cans. You'd want to do at least 5 coats on the rims, if not 6.
I've done my front and rear bumpers, side steps, front and rear ram heads, RAM 1500/HEMI/4x4 emblems, door handles and a strip on the rear tail gate to cover some dmg.
I went through 7 cans... Might have been 8.
I did at least 6 coats on everything. The more coats you do, the better it stays on and the easier it is to peel off.
Oh and when you are done, use some spray wax (like Turtlewax Ice spray wax) on the plasti dip. It will toughen it up and help prevent scratches on the dip.
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The more coats, the better. Just make sure to STOP when the can gets almost empty, If not, you get a nasty sputter out of it. I cant remember though if its worse when the can is up right or horizontal.

As for the lugs, you have 4 options:

Take the rims off, paint them and NOT the lugs, Keep the lugs stock.

Keep rims on, paint everything. Keep in mind that this will not end up as pretty being that the wheel is upright and not flat, you wont get a very even spray everywhere

And 3, take the rims off, Spray, and the buy some aftermarket black lugs.

And the 4th I have not done personally, But ive seen people take them off, Spray, and then put them on, and THEN spray a few light coats over the center to get the lugs. I cant tell you for sure if that will look the greatest or not.

If you spray the lugs and then put them back on, they WILL get all messed up. And it WILL look like poop.
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Mines held up well for a couple months now





I took the wheels off and painted those, and the lugs separate, I wanted NO chrome at all. I have an unnatural hatred for it
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