How to Plasti Dip Car Rims




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Throughout this Instructable I will show you how I Plasti Dipped my rims on my Subaru Forester. Plasti Dipping is an easy way to sharpen up the appearance of your rims while protecting them at the same time. If your rims are already rusted and weathered like mine were, then this will make them look 100 times better. If your rims are brand new and shinny, you can still put a nice rubber coating on them to protect them from scratches etc. If you decide to sell your car you can simply peel off the rubber coating and boom, new rims.

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You can find Plasti Dip really cheap on

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Step 1: What You'll Need

  • Plasti Dip (Find on cheap HERE)
  • Painters tape/tape
  • Hand wire brush/Drill attachment wire brush
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Car jack
  • Wrench to remove wheels

Step 2: Jack Up Car and Remove Wheel

Begin by loosening the nuts on your rims a tad bit before jacking up your car. This is so the car doesn't fall off the jack when applying all the torque needed from the wrench. Now jack up your vehicle and place some blocks under it just in case the jack fails.

Remove your wheel and set aside.

Step 3: Sand Down Your Rims Using Wire Brush

Now it's time to sand down the rough/rusty spots if your rims are a bit weathered. Wire brush off any areas that may be chipping, bubbling etc. The amount of perfection in this step is up to you. You can make them as smooth as you want. I gave my rims a descent sand down.

Step 4: Wipe Off All Rust Chips and Sanding Residue

Using a SLIGHTLY damp paper towel/shop towel, wipe off any dust, rust chips/residue that came off during the sanding process. You don't want to spray the rubber dip without removing the residue.

Step 5: Tape Off Tire/Air Valve and Spray

Using the tape of your choice (wider tape the better), tape off your tires and air valve. Some people simply spray over the tire, cut and peel excess rubber. Do whatever you want here. I like to tape it off.

Spray a nice coat of the Plasti Dip onto your rims. Make sure not to miss any spots! I like to let it dry for 10 minutes and add a second, then a third coat.

Step 6: Put Wheel Back on Your Car

Wait about 20 minutes or so after your last coat of Plasti Dip and put your wheel back onto your car. Remember to tighten the nuts in a star pattern so it goes on evenly.

And you're done!

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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I painted my oem mags last spring with black plastic dips, my black car look good now!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Tape is also solution, but I was satisfied with using playin' cards sticked between tire and rim. Also, when you want easy removable layer (also better protection - thicker coat), use at least 5 layers of dip. (on some clones I saw at least 4 coats, but my experience is, that 5 coats is best).

    3 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction


    Yes, I tried using index cards around the rim but they kept falling out. So I just quickly taped it off. I'll have to put 5 coats on next time!



    Reply 3 years ago

    If you let the air out of the tire there will be plenty of room to put cards in but once you get this far it's usually pretty easy to break and unseat the bead on most smaller vehicle wheels which will give you unhindered access to the part of the rim behind the tire sidewall.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It depends on rim type and tire type - the interface between them. I had also problem with falling, but trick is (if wheels allows) to stick each next after card before an leave a bit overlap - best is, when top of cards are not split (V-shaped gap). I have to check, if I have photos somewhere, maybe is hard to understand this. Also, about using more then 4 coats are not informed suppliers as well. Local supplier asked me, if I am satisfied with these dip materials, because he has experience, it doesnt cover much, and it doesnt peel easy like advertised. You just need to think about it different way than like standard lacquer paints.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. I never thought of using Plasti Dip. I painted my rims recently and instead of taping the tire, I put Vaseline on the tires to prevent the paint from sticking, then just washed it all off later. This worked great with paint and left my tires looking new again and very black. It may work for the Plasti Dip as well. Again - great idea and thanks for sharing.


    Nice! For anyone who is interested it is also entirely possible to do this without taking off your wheel. I've successfully done this for a friend. Just cover the brake calipers with newspaper right through the available holes in your wheels. If you want nice looking results you will end up covering your lugs in a layer of plasti dip, but they can still be removed cleanly later without messing up the rest. You can also peel it off the lugs if you'd like to. I personally liked the look of the entire thing being black.