FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently asked questions
Is it possible to achieve a High Gloss finish with Plasti Dip?
It is possible to achieve a glossy finish using our Glossifier over Plasti Dip Spray. However the gloss finish will not match what you find with OEM or factory clear coats. Also, the smoother the Glossifier is applied, the more shine you will achieve, so a big part of the final result will be in the users hands.
How can I get the best results with Plasti Dip® Aerosol?
When using cans of Plasti Dip®, make sure to shake well before use. The cans should not be stored below room temperature before application. In any climate, warming your cans in warm (80-90 degree) water prior to application dramatically helps achieve a smoother finish. Hold the cans upright and do not point lower than a 45% angle to the ground to avoid drips and splatter.
Will Plasti Dip® protect my wheels from winter salt/snow?
Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually dip their wheels and full Motorcycles specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season.
How far away should I spray Plasti Dip®?
The usual recommended spray distance is between 4-5 inches away for aerosol cans.
Can I Plasti Dip® over head lights and tail lights?
In our experience, we have found that Plasti Dip® peels easily off of most lights. However, we have found a few types of head lights or tail lights do not respond well with Plasti Dip®. Our suggestion, to be safe, is to always mask off head lights and tail lights to ensure there is no negative reaction when Dipping other sections of the Motorcycle.
How can I protect my Plasti Dip® and ensure it stays in the best condition?
Dip Coat™ Protective Spray was developed for exactly this reason; to protect your Dip and keep it looking great. Dip Coat™ will give your Dip an improved, slick feel that will help to resist marring, scratches, staining, and it will be easier to clean. Dip Coat™ also protects against damaging UV rays.
How/Can I wash the dipped areas of my Motorcycle?
Dipped items/Motorcycles can be easily hand washed with regular car wash soap (provided they do not include any waxes, repellants, or conditioning agents within the formula) however we highly recommend DipWash available in our accessories section, as it is proven to be Dip-safe and extremely effective.
Do you ship internationally?
At this time BikeDip.Com is only able to ship to Customers within the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico) as the products must be shipped Ground.
Could Plasti Dip® stain my Motorcycle?
It's extremely rare to hear of any damage after Plasti Dip has been properly applied or removed. However, one thing we see from time to time is certain OEM colors - specifically whites and silvers - susceptible to pigment transfer. Pigment transfer is a temporary issue where the pigment in the coating bleeds into the OEM clear. Again this is rare, but something to keep in mind if you own a white vehicle. The good news is, the couple times a year we see this issue - it fades completely away after prolonged exposure to the sun. It's unlikely, but possible especially if base coat directions are not followed.
Could Plasti Dip® damage my clear coat?
We have seen customers using Plasti Dip® on Motorcycles and Wheels for over 9 years, and it is extremely rare to experience damage on vehicles that are dipped, peeled and even redipped. However every Motorcycle, and every situation is unique. Even with Plasti Dip's great track record, we still recommend dipping a small test spot on your Motorcycle before dipping the entire thing. Pay special attention to a vehicle that has damaged clear coat, compromised/oxidized clear coat, was repainted, repaired or refinished. Although seeing damage when applying or removing Plasti Dip® is extremely rare, almost every time it occurs it occurs over a vehicle that did not have normal, good condition OEM clear. When vehicles are repainted, every paint shop will use different types and amounts of clear coat - and Plasti Dip® can't possibly guarantee the exact same result on every unique paint job.
Will Plasti Dip® work exactly the same on every Motorcycle, every surface?
Although Plasti Dip® works and behaves exactly the same for most users, there are certainly specific circumstances in which the Plasti Dip® could not behave as expected. The age of the Motorcycle/wheels, the condition of the clear coat, if you have already done a DIY paint job on the surface, etc. are all possible factors that could effect the way the Plasti Dip® adheres, peels, or covers. Having a vehicle or wheel surface damaged by the application or removal of dip is extremely rare - but possible due to the variables listed above. Although most users will have a predictable and trouble free experience with dip, we always would suggest you do a small test spot on the surfaces you will be dipping before you begin your project.
Should I mask my tires or spray Dip directly onto them?
For most customers, Plasti Dip® will peel directly off the tires. But to make the process easier, we suggest using Dip Release to create a barrier between the tires and your Dip for easy removal of overspray. Apply a small amount of Dip Release™ to a dry microfiber towel. Spread the product evenly across the sidewall of each tire, making sure to work the liquid into any tread, design or wording on the tire. Avoid getting Dip Release™ on the edge or any part of the wheel. If contact is made, clean the product from the wheel completely before Dipping.
Can Dip be applied to Chrome?
Plasti Dip® over chrome will depend on the actual chrome surface itself. There are differences between genuine chrome and factory "chrome" finishes. Plasti Dip may adhere and react perfectly normal over one chrome surface, but may have issues over another. Chrome emblems, badges and trim are traditionally fine - but a certain set of chrome wheels for example may cause adhesion issues. Due to the differences between the many "chrome" surfaces, it's difficult to predict the result for each application. Although the product will work fine most of the time, testing may be required first to confirm Plasti Dip is a suitable product for your personal application.
How should I prep my wheels or Motorcycle before dipping?
We always suggests using PreDip Spray and MicroFiber Towels to prep the wheels or Motorcycle before dipping. This will eliminate and grease, oil, dirt, debris or wax that may hinder the dip's ability to bond. Allow the surface to dry completely, any moisture (even if it is not visible, behind body panels or trim) could negatively affect the bonding process and lead to bubbling. A clean and dry surface is essential.
How many coats should I put on?
We always suggests a minimum of wet 6 coats, but as everyone sprays coats differently, the most important factor is the total amount of product used. Each Wheel Kit and full Motorcycle Kit on BikeDip.com will already include the correct amount of product needed for your project. All you have to do is use up all the material we include in your kit! If you're confused about how much product you need for your project, please contact us for technical support. Winter wheels, etc. may benefit from an extra couple coats for good measure.
Does it really peel off?
Yes, Plasti Dip® really does peel off. We suggest a minimum of 6+ wet coats, not only for durability, but to make sure it is thick enough to peel off in large pieces when you are ready for removal.
Can I dip my brand new or newly painted car?
When considering dipping new or newly repainted Motorcycles, we always recommends testing your paint before any Plasti Dip application. Sometimes brand new Bikes go straight from the factory to the dealership - and the paint is not fully cured. Best practice to be safe would be to wait 6 months after a new Motorcycle’s manufacturing date before you apply any removable/peelable coatings. If you wish to dip earlier, apply the product to a small inconspicuous area and remove the dip after it's dried ensure the new paint is cured enough to withstand the application and removal process. Testing is always suggested before dipping a repainted or repaired Motorcycle.
How does Plasti Dip® hold up to gasoline?
Plasti Dip® is a solvent based coating and does not hold up to exposure to gasoline. Please be careful when filling your tank or working with gasoline around a dipped surface. However - DipArmor™ Advanced TopCoat is now available which is gasoline resistant. If you want a vehicle surface that is resistant to gasoline and other chemicals, be sure to utilize DipArmor™ over your Dipped surface.
Will it hold up to heat and racing?
Plasti Dip® is heat resistant up to 200° F. Dipped wheels have an excellent history of holding up to the heat and abuse from racing or rally events.
Will it hold up to the elements (sun, winter)?
Plasti Dip® is extremely resistant to the elements, including sun exposure, winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually dip their Motorcycles and Wheels specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season. We highly recommend Dip Coat™ Protective Spray to make the Dip slicker and smoother, to reduce the chance of marring and to increase UV protection.
How long does Plasti Dip® last?
If properly applied, Plasti Dip® can easily last 3+ years or longer without having to be retouched. It is a very durable and resilient product. The spray technique when applying as well as the amount of coats applied will heavily determine the longevity of the product.
How difficult is it to Dip your Motorcycle?
Plasti Dip is a very do it yourself friendly product! Dippers spray their full Bikes, wheels, and varies other sections of their Motorcycles with limited to no previous experience. Although the product is designed for the DIY applicator, there will always be an element of human error involved during the process. The Dipper’s prep process, application technique, and other variables will always be a factor in the final result.
Is this really something I can do myself?
Heck Yes! Thousands of Do-It-Yourself customers use these products to change the color of their Motorcycles! It doesn't matter what your experience or skill set is - as long as you follow instructions, these products are very user friendly. Remember, these products are peelable, so worst case scenario if you make a mistake, you can peel it off and try again! Give it a go!