Introduction: Zombie Your Ride

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Zombies beware: This instructable will teach you to zombie up your ride.


Vehicle (Duh)

Spray Rubber White, Red and Black(plastidip or flexidip)

cotton swabs

Plastic school folder

Exacto knife

Nitrile or latex gloves

Painter tape


Poster board

Printer and paper


Note: A well ventilated space and a breather mask is recommended when using this much rubber spray. this stuff can be tough if you breath it in.

Step 1: Create a Stencil

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Find you a good image online to use as your base. I recommend finding a black and white image with good negative features. I printed mine on a single 8 1/2 x 11 sheet.

Trim your plastic folder to make a single flat piece. (I looked through the school folders to find a thick one)

Cut out the sections of your stencil and Trace it onto your plastic sheet.

Trim out the sections of your Plastic sheet to create a re-useable stencil.

Step 2: Get to Sprayin'

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Center the stencil on the door and tape down the edges.

Cut a square in your poster board just smaller than your stencil

Tape down edges of the poster board

Place magnets along the edges of the stencil to avoid under spray

Apply a generous coat of spray over stencil

Use cotton swabs to remove accent areas, for finer details I cut the swab in half and use the stick.

Remove the magnets and poster board

Remove the tape and gently lift the stencil

The stencil must be removed while the spray is still wet. otherwise, the stencil will stick and pull up the rubber.

Repeat these steps for the other door and the center of the hood.

Note: If you try to remove the stencil before the magnets it will make a mess and you will have to use the removal technique mentioned later in the instructable. Then start over.

Also, to touch up areas you can coat a cotton swab and brush some spray back on.

Step 3: The Grill

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The Grill is a little more difficult.

I removed my grill to make it easier to handle (takes about 10 minutes on a late model wrangler).

Although rubber spray doesn't affect metal with clear coat, the plastic grill doesn't do as well.

I coated the grill in a heavy white coat first. This keeps the red from bleeding into the grill.

After the white has dried, 45-60 minutes, out on one of the nitrile gloves.

Coat the palm of the glove in red spray and smear along the grill, leaving random hand prints

Repeat with other hand.

Step 4: The Hood

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After you replace the grill, you can move on to the hood.

This time instead of smearing the spray, coat the glove palm and leave random prints along the hood. Drag a few of the prints down, to give the hit effect.

Repeat with other hand.

You can always add more later if you don't get enough at first.

Once the spray dries overnight it will hold up to rain and carwashes.

I apply mine at the first of October and it last the whole month.

Note: Removal

To remove tape off the image for over spray and apply two or three heavy coats across the image.

let dry for 20-30 minutes, peel up up one of the edges.

Slowly remove the rubber along with the original image stuck to it.

Sometimes you made need bug and tar remover to help release the rubber (armorall wipes work as well)


AutumnN (author)2016-10-13

I have an 08 Subaru Impreza that is silver. The only thing I'm scared of is the bleed/ooze into the paint.

jakel (author)AutumnN2016-10-17

as long as its on metal and not plastic, I would feel safe. I have done tons of metal without issue.

Shadowsglare (author)2016-08-20

Love the Jeep man. It inspired me for mine.

jakel (author)Shadowsglare2016-08-22

That's awesome...It's that time of year again, I am about to re-Zombie mine.

JamesW33 (author)2016-04-12

This is pretty cool! I'm not sure how it would look on my cheapo dihatsu charade, though, if I hit a sparrow It'd be written off, never mind a zombie!

coralfire (author)2016-02-09

What could possibly go wrong?

jakel (author)coralfire2016-02-09

if you have plastic or fiberglass parts the colored plastidips can "ooze" into the pores of the material. This can give the material a stained look. I have had it happen on a couple of vehicles, but it was temporary, after about a month it had worked itself out and was back to normal.

JulianAzz (author)2015-08-29

Great idea, is it legal to drive outside with this, I mean... I hope the police don't think you ran over a lot of people and left blood stains on your car!!!

MVZ_MODs (author)2015-06-17

love this instructable

jakel (author)MVZ_MODs2015-06-18

Thank you...this is my summer look....will be going back to zombies in august.

Dirt_Devil (author)2014-10-10

i have a red chevy pick-up truck what would be the best way to do this

jakel (author)Dirt_Devil2014-10-10

With red I would probably go with neon green Plastidip. Unless it's an old 50-60's model then you could consider cover the hood with white then come back with red hands. Some of the older models had a different colored hood stock.

Dirt_Devil (author)jakel2014-10-10

if i paint it white is that a good idea

jakel (author)Dirt_Devil2014-10-10

That's one of the best can try it and if you don't like it than peel it right off

Dirt_Devil (author)jakel2014-10-10

its is a 1959

cudy789 (author)2014-10-08

Love it:) So the rubber paint comes off? Which paint exactly is it? I'd love to try it but I wouldn't want it to be permanent:O

jakel (author)cudy7892014-10-09

Yes it comes off pretty easily. Tape it off and layer on 2-3 coats it liquefies what is underneath and peels it up. Any of the tricky areas you can use Turtlewax bug and tar remover or Armorall wipes. I've had good success with both over the years. You have to be careful of non-metal porous material, staining can occur.

cudy789 (author)jakel2014-10-09

Cool! Don't wanna mess up my paint job for a few weeks of fun:)

jakel (author)cudy7892014-10-09

This is my second year to run this design and I keep it on for around two months.

helifino (author)cudy7892014-10-09

If you want to make it more easily removable, you can first coat the surface with a spray-on/peel-off paint protection film, such as 3M Paint Defender.

jakel (author)cudy7892014-10-08

This is plastidip and it comes off. it can take a little effort but its worth it. The only issue I have ran into was the red on my white plastic parts. the black was on the same parts for a year and came right off. you can get it at home depot or pepboys.

Dirt_Devil (author)2014-10-09

i have a red 1959 chevy pick-up what should be the best way to do this

gunguru (author)2014-10-09

This ible should really be on the Halloween Decor contest! Looks like it could be on the set of Walking Dead!

jakel (author)gunguru2014-10-09

Thanks...I submitted it to the decor contest when I created it ...still pending. Missing a bunch of votes :(

10isaac (author)2014-10-08


jakel (author)10isaac2014-10-08

Thanks :)

Victor805 (author)2014-10-08

Don't you get pulled over by cops every 30 minutes?

jakel (author)Victor8052014-10-08

Nope...but I did have taking pictures and smiling the other day. :)

Mielameri (author)2014-10-08

This looks amazing! Of course, you have a vehicle that plausibly looks like a zombie hunting rig. I would love to see this done on something ridiculously unexpected, like a little smart car or a VW beetle

mpowell18 (author)Mielameri2014-10-08

I was recently at a VW show and there was a Zombie Killer antique VW with similar decorations. Not even close to this quality; but with a lot more props that you could only use during a show. Great Job.

jakel (author)mpowell182014-10-08

Thanks...Props..I need to add props :)

jakel (author)Mielameri2014-10-08

I agree..that would look great. :)

jcolee (author)2014-10-08

This is awesome, sadly my Jeep is black. Maybe I could get away with doing it to my mothers white Sentra, her coworkers would probably be appalled.

Plasti-dip is some amazing stuff. Nice work!

jakel (author)jcolee2014-10-08

I have been curious what it would look like on black. but, you could always go with the neon green plasti-dip. :) Thanks

dimmaz88 (author)2014-10-08

That is the best halloween thing I've seen yet this year, I wish I had a similar vehicle to do it on. My white van wouldn't be as effective lol.

jakel (author)dimmaz882014-10-08

Thanks..just waiting for them to added it to the decor contest so I can get some votes.

ruberns (author)2014-10-08

Very clever

jakel (author)ruberns2014-10-08

Thank you :)

Kyrocken (author)2014-10-07

That is great.

Cant way to try it on my Altima, haha. Will post pics. Thanks dude! Great Instructable

jakel (author)Kyrocken2014-10-08

Thanks glad you like it!

em loves crafting (author)2014-10-07

This is awesome

jakel (author)em loves crafting2014-10-08

Thank You :)

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