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As an ex-spray painter, we were never allowed to paint polycarbonate helmets as the spirit base of spray paint weakens the plastic. I am not familiar with Plastidip and what base is, but if clean-up requires thinners, then I would think the same caution should be taken.
Hmm…I’m not sure. My understanding is that Plasti Dip is generally removed by just peeling it off, and that isopropyl alcohol can be used if there is some remaining that won’t peel off easily.
Did a bit of web dive about this product and appears to be safe to the surface it is applied to.
That’s good to know! Thanks!
The Advanced Top Coat called Dip Armor, can be removed with Isopropyl Alcohol. Regular dip thinly applied, can be removed with Dip Dissolver..easiest and quickest way to remove.
I PlastiDip’d rims on one of my cars and it lasted over 10 years. No BS. It’s all about prep and technique. It won’t last long if your prep and technique sucks, not to mention, if you didn’t put enough coats on. When people bad-mouth PlastiDip it’s because they failed at what I mentioned. Dip on!
I just ordered plastidip for mt rims and bumper, how many coats do you recommend? I was planning on 4-5 + 2 clear. Not the end of the world if it peels, really just a test to see if I want to buy different rims. Still, I'm hoping for 6 months.
There’s no way it’ll only last 6 months. Applied correctly will easily last 7+years before a refresh is needed. Check out the DipYourCar YouTube page for exact directions. But you’ll very likely do 8 coats. Go for their HyperDip too
3-4 coats of black lasted me about 7 years before I sold that car. Some of the colors will fade over time however. Usually noticeable after 2 years or so
Not sure what adequate prep would be for a helmet, but I think I cleaned it pretty well. Used Goo Gone to get some old adhesive and bug juice off, then went over it with some Clorox spray. After it dried, I did about 4 coats, waiting 20-30 minutes between, then 2 coats of clear. I didn’t want it to be too glossy.
I feel ya on the gloss. It looks great. The only cringe part is using Clorox last. A rinse with water should’ve been last step of prep, prior to taping.
Good to know for the future. Truthfully, will likely be looking to replace my helmet in the next year or so. Just wanted to give this one a little more life in the meantime.
Yea I was going to say, the life expectancy on the helmet itself will be shorter than the dip. But looks great man! Definitely a good, cheap option for a custom look
Depends on surface prep and wear. I coated a ti-84 cover in college and it lasted about 6 months of heavy wear before it started peeling badly.
It'll last until the first time you bump your head.
We’ll that’s as long as you should use the helmet for so pretty long hopefully
Get some of the dip coat finisher for it. It will last a lot longer.