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    Inspired by a fellow AF'er, for a while I've wanted to paint my wheels black using a product called Plasti Dip. It's a spray on plastic/rubber product and is completely reversible.

    When a set of Cyclones came up for sale from another AF'er I decided to change my stock rims for the Cyclones. They had a bit of gutter rash on them but they weren't too bad. So I put the worst one aside for the spare wheel and washed the rest. This is the second worst wheel:

    Painting Wheels with Plasti Dip-20140311_213659_crop.jpg

    Then I started filling and sanding the gutter rash:
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    I did all this before I got new tyres put on. Definitely worth doing as I left some minor gutter rash and it is visible through the Plasti Dip (looking from 30cm away but I'm fussy!)

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    Masked off the tyres, lug holes and valves:
    Painting Wheels with Plasti Dip-20140316_141313_crop.jpg

    Spraying:
    Painting Wheels with Plasti Dip-20140316_153729_crop.jpg

    Finished product:
    Painting Wheels with Plasti Dip-20140317_221428_crop.jpg
    I sprayed 3 coats of black Plasti Dip followed by 2 of clear glossifier Plasti Dip to add some shine. Black Plasti Dip comes out quite matte and is similar to the tyre. The glossifier helped to add some separation between rim and tyre. It also makes the surface less sticky, helping prevent brake dust collection. I also wiped on some ArmourAll Protectant to make them even easier to clean. So far so good, but it's only been a week

    I then took the wheels to be balanced at Ken Long Tyre Specialists in West Melbourne as the Kmart Tyre and Auto I got the rubber at couldn't balance them (French wheels with solid centres). The guys at Ken Long were really friendly and did a great job so I can also recommend them!

    On the 306:
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    Came up pretty well so I'm stoked! Just a subtle difference that makes my XSi a little bit different from all the standard ones out there.
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    I hate anything non stock but the gutter rash that my 206 came with are ugly (i'm not innocent myself, I contributed too). Are there any other colours you can get that spray? Black really tends to distract the eye, removes detail from the lower part of the car that was designed to be there in the first place. But nothing is uglier than gutter rash.

    Also what's the life like on that spray? you said it's reversible, but does that mean once you coat it, you'd have to renew the coat every x months?

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    There are other colours like grey, white, red etc which come out matte but there are also metalisers that can give a metallic effect. Probably could make them look close to stock alloy if you wanted. AutoBarn stock the range if you want to have a look.

    It doesnt seem like it will come off easily and people on other forums have had mixed results. I think it depends on how well you prep and how many coats you apply. If I get 12-18 months out of it I'll be happy.
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    My son sprayed the standard wheels on his Starlet white with the same product, that was about a month ago. I was skeptical on how long it will last, so far they still look good.
    lion5, they are reversible in that it is a rubber/silicon product and when you get bored with the look or it starts to look crappy you can peel it off.
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    IS there a point of difference between satin black enamel and plastidip that justifies the price difference??
    Also, I know with enamel, if you get a chip, you just paint back over it (Assuming it wasn't covered in silicon).
    Can you do that with plasti dip or is it a matter of starting from scratch again???

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    I wasn't sure I'd like the black so I wanted the option to change it easily if I wanted. The semi-matte finish came out nicely too.

    I touched up the Plasti dip because a few spots were a bit thin and peeling a bit and I couldn't tell after that I'd patched it. Admittedly this was before I'd actually put the wheels on but I reckon you could patch up the area and then do a light coat all over to blend it.

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    How much did it end out costing you all up. Keen to do this to a set of rims that I have.
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    The PlastiDip was $30 a can and I used 2.5 cans of black and half a can of clear. But that was 3 coats of black and 2 of gloss on the wheel faces and a coat on the back of all 4 wheels. Filler was $12 and I bought some isopropyl alcohol to clean the wheels which was $7. So probably around $140 mark which I'm happy with.

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    I'm another fan of the stuff.

    Went from this:
    Painting Wheels with Plasti Dip-imageuploadedbyaussiefrogs1395663463.789739.jpg


    To this:

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    And it is totally reversible. Small chips can be touched up effectively. I actually find it harder wearing than rattle can acrylic.
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    So an update on how my Plastidipped Cyclones are going after 3 months.

    First things first - balance wheels first, spray after.

    I learnt this the hard way as the wheels felt good for the first couple of weeks, and then I could feel vibration at 80+ km/h. Checked the wheels and sure enough I was missing some of my wheel weights. So out came the sandpaper and I stripped the wheels around the inside back to the alloy. The sandpaper was only required as I applied a thin layer to the inside of each wheel - thicker layers are far easier to peel off.
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    Went back to Ken Long Tyres to get them rebalanced and Allan refused to take payment for the rebalance as he reckoned it was his fault. I argued it was the Plastidip as it left a oily residue and insisted on paying. It's a hard argument to have when you are paying on card so in the end I ended up coming back to present Allan with a six pack for his troubles! But I definitely recommend these guys for balancing Cyclones if you are around the Melbourne CBD. They used to do the balancing for City Peugeot (I think) and have all the gear to do it quickly and without a fuss (unlike some other places you hear of on this forum).

    There was also a small section where I had touched the Plastidip before it had completely dried. So when I resprayed the inside of each wheel I also patched it up. Not the tidiest but when I tried to peel it smooth more lifted up so I gave up. I also couldn't be bothered using the clear gloss Plastidip again and I can't tell the difference
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    Having lived with them for 3 months they have held up perfectly fine. I still like to apply some Armourall Protectant after each wash to make them a bit glossier and I think it also makes it easier to wash the next time round. I can't tell you how they hold up against gutter rash though as I have been extremely careful and havent scraped them against the kerb

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    1998 N5 306 XSi

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