Hydro-Dipped Dirt Bike

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Introduction: Hydro-Dipped Dirt Bike

Want a wild, cool new look for your dirt bike? We did - and produced this great looking finish that is unique and unlike any other dirt bike plastics!

Step 1: Wash the Dirt Bike THOROUGHLY!!!

I know, this is a little Baja 70cc - not the Apollo 125 - but hey, it is me washing a dirt bike - so that works! Paint does not stick to dirt, so the parts have to be thoroughly cleaned. A good dish soap (like Dawn dish soap) is good - because it cuts grease!

Step 2: Choose Your Colors.

We picked up paint from ACE Hardware. We decided on neons yellow, pink and a bright blue.

Step 3: Remove the Seat and Plastics.

Once the plastics are removed, peel off all the stickers. THEY ARE TOUGH! We found that using a putty knife to remove the stickers works well. Be careful... digging the stickers off with your fingernails - can be painful if you are not very careful. Wipe everything down really well to make sure ALL the dirt has been removed - thoroughly.

Step 4: Base Coat.

The Apollo 125 plastics are black. While that CAN work - it tends to be too dark. So, we discovered that painting the base the brightest of the selected colors works REALLY well. We chose neon yellow as our base.

Be sure and allow the pieces to thoroughly dry before beginning to dip. We painted our pieces the day before the dip.

Step 5: Gather Your Supplies

  • Acrylic paints
  • Long rubber gloves
  • A large waterproof container (we used a large white kitchen trash can with a trash bag as a liner.)
  • A garden hose
  • Cardboard or paper to lay the painted pieces on after dipping

Step 6: Fill the Trash...

Fill up the trash can with water - about 6-inches from the top.

Step 7: Spray the Paint..

Spray the paint in sequence into the trash can. When the paint hits the water - it spreads out in a ring. We alternated between Pink and Blue. You will continue to spray for several minutes... alternating.

Step 8: Dipping the Stuff

Grab hold securely to some part of the plastic on the back - and dip it s-l-o-w-l-y into the water. The paint will adhere to the surface in COOL swirly pattern. Be sure an lay the plastic down on its back so it can dry.

Step 9: Next Piece...

You will need to scoop out the used paint between each piece done - then start the entire process over again.

Step 10: Clear Coat & Put It Back Together.

You will want to put 2 coats of clear gloss on top of the plastics. Once it completely dries, put the plastics back onto the bike. enjoy your NEWLY hydro-dipped dirt bike!!!

Step 11: Clean Up...

You can wash as good as you can - but the spray paint really sticks to skin! Use fingernail polish remover to take off the paint you can't easily get off. Trish helped Mat scrub the paint off of his arms (up to his elbows).

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    16 Comments

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    JhbJ
    JhbJ

    11 months ago

    Hi, can you be more specific about the brand and type of spray paint needed for the undercoat, the dipping and finally the gloss top coat.
    Acrylic paint is usually water based.
    Thank you.

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    AdJourney
    AdJourney

    Reply 11 months ago

    NOT an acrylic paint... lacquer works the best for adhesion (for spray paint). We used paint from Walmart and Ace Hardware for all of our hydrodipped parts. Works pretty well. The WATER provides a surface to hold the paint (because it does not mix with or dilute the paint). Spray Primer - any color works.

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    JhbJ
    JhbJ

    11 months ago

    How durable was your painted surface? Did it hold up after riding?

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    AdJourney
    AdJourney

    Reply 11 months ago

    It has done really well. As with ANY paint, when you scrape it on hard things (tree branches, rocks, etc) it WILL scratch off. On further dips - we found that it works best if the entire base surface has been lightly scuffed (low grit sandpaper) and primered well. There are also other types of paint (ink based) that have a stronger adhesion. I DO recommend a couple of coats of clear to top and seal it.

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    Mangekyou Sage
    Mangekyou Sage

    1 year ago

    Oh my Goooood that's so dope bro my mom would never let me do this😱

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    I did it on cheap white sneakers. Everybody thinks that I'm hip now lol. Perhaps you can get away with that?

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    For sure! We just did a pair of sneakers too. We taped up the soles, tongue and marks we wanted to stay the same - and hydro-dipped them in 3 shades of blue and a touch of pale pink. They turned out GREAT! We may do an Instructable for those next...

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    kenyer
    kenyer

    Reply 1 year ago

    They really look cool! I did yellow and grey on a 13,- euro pair of white sneakers. I will post a video on my YouTube (ik maak dus ik ben) in two weeks.

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    We actually did it for BOTH of our dirt bikes. The 70cc I was washing, we did in a Spiderman theme... Here are a few pictures of that one...

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks!

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    Asmaa_Maher
    Asmaa_Maher

    1 year ago

    Oooh it is so different , you are very brave to do it with your bike

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    We have done it on LOTS of things... shoes, PS4 cover, game controllers, dirt bike plastics, etc... The picture is from our PS4 Pro Slim cover...

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    Fantastic results - your bike looks awesome! : )

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    My brother and I really like it! Thinking about doing the same on the little 70cc Baja.... just different colors.

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    Wes the Mess
    Wes the Mess

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks so much! It was Matt's idea (my older brother) and he did most of the work. He likes to hydro-dip things and thought the dirt bike would look neat done this way. Our dad helped us with taking things apart and putting them back together. Lots of fun and a really unique look!