-plasti dip spray in whatever color you want but we are "blacking out" so get the matte black at your home improvement store
- tweezers are handy but not necessary
- scrap sharp plastic is helpful
- painters tape or masking tape
- news paper or cardboard
side note: kids, if the car your wanting to plasti dip is your parents or not owned by you, ask permission. the dip is very easy to take off, but you still need permission.
Step 1: Clean the Area on the Car
Step 2: Prep Area for Blackening
the second way of prepping is to tape a box around the desired blacked out spot. the plasti dip is easy to use because it will peal right off if you don't like it or just cleaning up excess. so when you tape a box around it you want to leave an inch and a half to give you something to hold on to.
make sure you cover the surrounding area. I used cardboard but most people use news paper. tape off the corners and edges. the plasti dip will come off easily.... if there is enough to stick together. the cast off spray will be a little harder to clean off but its still removable with some rubbing.
Step 3: Spraying the Plasti Dip
shake can to mix the dip inside. spray about 8 inches away and spray in sweeping paths stopping after each stroke. you don't want to sit in one spot too long because the dip will build up and run. it'll look bad so just don't. you will need 3 or 4 coats with 10 to 15 min of dry time in between coats. the first coat is going to be a light coat, you won't make it completely black with this coat. you'll just be getting about 50% coverage. second coat will be covering all of it. make sure you get along your tape edges so it will be easy to remove later. third and forth coats will be at different angles getting into the letters or the sides of the symbols. be sure to get a nice amount along the tape again.
Step 4: Removing the Excess on the Edges and in the Holes.
Step 5: Extra Notes and Finished Product
Step 6: UPDATE: the Grille and Stripes!
the stripes were worn out and fading, looking pretty rough up close. when covering up stripes or adding stripes its very important to pull your tape off WHILE THE LAST COAT IS WET. if you don't you'll have the stripe come up with the tape or leave pulled up edges. when covering up make sure you can see all of the old stripe so you'll be sure its covered completely when your tape comes off.
first step, figure out if you want to put something behind your grille so you don't get plasti dip in the radiator or just take the grille off and spray it without having to tape. I recommend taking the grille off however you risk breaking the clips, up to you ( you know your own skill level). note- if you get plasti dip in the radiator your car might have trouble cooling down, also do not try to brush it off with your hands!!!!! I'll say it again- Don't brush it off with your hands, the metal on the radiator is razor sharp and you'll have cute little cuts that hurt, nobody wants to see you cry. be sure when re installing the grille that is is completely dry. I waited over night so I was certain.
same as taping off a box around it and you can peel off excess. however making sure you get all angles of the handle is important. Also (see picture above) be sure to cover key holes! you risk having the dip go in the key hole and making the lock malfunction or troublesome. so what I did was folded up a piece and inserted it in the hole until I finished spraying the last coat. I pulled the tape out while still wet so it didn't pull up the edges.