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    Default Plasti dip

    Has anyone used Plasti dip?

    I want to change the grills on my e92 BMW to matte black as the crome ones look shit, this seems to be a standard mod on any BMW not just the e92.
    The grills are around £40 on ebay but I've seen some people using plastidip to coat them rather than replacing the grill completely. Plasti dip can be bought for £15 on ebay.

    Is it prone to chipping off and therefore having to be recoated defeating the object of trying to save cash? Should I just pay the £25 extra and get the grills, then sell my chrome ones?

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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    I've no experience of Plasti Dip and didn't know what it was till I just googled it. But a local car painter I know, was just last week showing me a system he has set up for "dipping" grills and other parts to give them various finish options. The stuff he was showing me was in a carbon fibre effect and the finish looked flawless. Basically the chosen finish effect is left "floating" in a vat of water, and the part is then dipped into the water with the finish adhering perfectly to the part.

    It may be worth looking for someone local to you with a similar system as an other option. I think it is called Hydro Dipping.

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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    Buy the black one, sell your chrome one.

    Plasti-dip seems more suited to chopping and changing, if you won't want to go back to chrome in the future i would permanently change.

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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    I saw videos of that carbon fibre dip a while back and it looks awesome, not seen it in person though.

    Plastidip is widely used and is good if you want to change the colour of your wheels/car often as an alternative to wrapping. I believe there is also a defence layer for plastidip to protect from chips but I would imagine it is fairly resilient anyway as its plastic.

    as above though, if it's a permanent change may be worth going for the grill, saves you time too.

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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    i did my Skoda VRS Grill by soaking it in cheap bleach for 1-3 hours, worked great, took off all the chrome from the plastic grill no problem,
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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    For the price difference go for new.. If you were talking about hundreds of pounds then painting yourself might be a better option.

    From past experience with plastic painting, you have to know what you are doing to avoid runs and you have to be patient for drying times and build up layers rather than a thick layer.

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    Default Re: Plasti dip

    I used plasti dip on a grill on my GTI TDI a few years back.

    Easy to use, no need to be liberal with it, dries quick and peels quick too. Highly recommended.

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