I decided to try Plasti Dip out on my wheels. After reviews and various write ups and youtube videos I figured it would be worth trying and if I didn’t like it, it can be easily removed without any effects to the wheels underneath it. I located spray cans of it at my local Menards for just under $6 per can. I picked up 3 cans and that was plenty for 4 coats on each wheel (NOTE: I did not put any on the inside of the wheel).
(3) cans of Plasti Dip
(2) Jack stands
Torque Wrench (but not required)
Lug nut lock (if equipped)
Deck of cards or note cards
Lint Free Towel
Large piece of card board
Fan of some sort
Chocks or large blocks for the wheels
Allow about 6 hours total time, depending on your outside temperature, humidity, and wind. It was an overcast 40 degree day with a good breeze flowing into the garage.
Park on a level piece of ground or in my case, my garage. Place the parking brake on. I started on the passenger side first. I used some blocks to chock the wheels for added safety. Start to un-loosen the lugs while the vehicle is still on the ground. You’ll need a 7/8” socket and the lug lock key if you’re wheels have them. Then once they are loosened, raise the vehicle and finish removing the lugs. Then take the tires off. I had to kick mine around a few places to loosen them from the light rust holding them. Once the tires are off, I made sure to keep them in order on the ground as they go on the truck so I didn’t forget which was front and which was rear. Then I put 2 jacks under the frame and let my Jack take a break. I then placed the tires on the ground and used a large piece of card board underneath them so to not paint the flooring.
I then cleaned the wheels with window cleaner and some paper towel. I then used a lint free towel to get any parts of the paper towel off of the wheel.
Then I placed cards from an old card deck I had around the wheel rim. I overlapped them about ½ inch. This trick works if you don’t have a lot of wind. A few times my cards blew off but didn’t affect the drying process.
Apply a light coat of Plasti Dip. First get the hard to reach places then the easier spots. I stayed moving around the wheel and kept the spray nozzle about 12” away from the surface at all times.
Wait 15 MIN or more between coats. Don’t worry if the stuff looks clumpy, shiny, or un-even….the magic happens when it dries. If you applied it mostly evenly and 12” away from the surface, by the 3-4th coat, it’ll be evenly dried and dull in finish color. REMEMBER to be in a vented area. I kept my garage open with a box fan moving air out...this stuff stinks!
I put a 4th Coat on since my coats were pretty light each time. I waited a full 30 minutes after the last coat to give it more time to dry before installing the wheels back on. I then removed the cards and installed the tires. I started the lugs and hand tightened them. I placed the vehicle back down and fully tightened the lugs to 100 ft/lbs with a torque wrench.
I repeated the above steps for the driver’s side.
I will eventually black out my emblems and lettering. I will try to report any problems I encounter (if any) in the future with this on my wheels....right now I'm LOVIN' the look!
I hope I have made this write-up easy to follow. If you have any questions just ask.
RE-CHECK LUGS after 100 miles.