Plasti Dip on the Grille




This is my first Instructable, so bear with me.

I recently found out of a wonderful material, called Plasti Dip.  Its available most places, but i picked mine up at a Lowe's close to my hometown. I think this stuff is cool and I'll definitely be doing some more stuff with it later on, so stay tuned.


*Disclaimers* : (1) I am not responsible for the misuse of this product as a result of reading this. (2) Use at your own risk if you aren't comfortable using spray products, or just don't have all the skills. (3) I'm not responsible for the damage you inflict on anything or anyone before, during, and after your use of this Instructable.

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Step 1: What You Need Is What You Need

You'll probably need a basic understanding of how to remove parts from your ride.

The items you need for this project are :

* A Grille (or other object that you want to dip)
* Plasti Dip (this stuff is awesome)
* Time and patience (the dip takes a while to cure out in various conditions)

Optional Items are :

* 100 Grit sandpaper (I used 3m brand, you can use whatever you like. You don't have to sand it to get this stuff to stick to it, just be sure to clean it up good with soap and water.)
* Scotch-brite (the scrubby stuff)
* Other sandpapers if you don't want it too rough (higher grit = smoother sandpaper)

Step 2: Grille Removal

Okay, now that you've decided to take the plunge, it's time to remove the grille.
I didn't take any pictures of this step since the instructions vary from different manufacturers.
If you have any problems or questions about how to remove your grille,
you can use your favorite search engine and find out how.
Just don't break your grille trying to remove it.
It could be a pain in the you-know-what to find a replacement or fix it yourself.

Step 3: Work in Progress

I didn't take pictures of the sanding process, or the dipping process.

Dipping your part is relatively simple.

Get in a well ventilated area. 
Use a respirator mask or dust mask if you feel it is necessary.
Hold the can about 8 - 12 inches from what you are painting.
Apply at least 2 coats allowing about 30 minutes between coats.


If you're going to dip something, and you want to sand it, sand the part before you dip said part.
To sand your part, just rub the sandpaper over all the outside of it and rough it up a bit.
Be careful not to sand too much or you'll end up with a funny looking part, unless that is what you're going for.

Step 4: The Finished Product

Finally we have the aftermath of a few hours of work. 
Be sure to let this stuff dry before you go handling it to avoid making messes.
Enjoy your new plasti dipped grille (or whatever you dipped)!

*Results may vary*

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    13 Discussions


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! It was my first time working with the Plasti Dip, and I'm glad it turned out so good. Other than some bug remnants I need to clean off, its still holding up very well.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    in the futures its best no to sand the surface unless there is surface damage or scratched the best method is to use wax and tar remover followed by a thorough washing... pressure wash if available . The point is to start with a smooth surface to obtain a smooth finish, also this stuff is removable so if you sand your item with 100 grit and then decide to remove the Plasti-Dip you end up with a very scratched surface....


    walmart used to sell this "plastic trim" paint that was specifically color matched to the black plastic bumpers on older cars.
    I used that and did the same thing to my car to make it more "sporty" looking when i was in college.

    Sadly they discontinued the product.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the comment. Leave it to walmart to discontinue some good stuff while they keep junk on most shelves and only have 2 out of 30 checkout lanes open.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Exactly the same here in Mexico City!  they sell some items without the necessary attachments: I bought a pair of ramps to raise my car to change the oil... but the Ramp Extensions needed were NOT sold by them. I had to go to another store just to get the Ramp Extensions in order to be able to use the ramps with my car!
    But one thing is for shure: they will have only less than half the check out lanes open always! 

    About your Instructable: Years ago I had an old car (1967 Ford Falcon), and I had the idea of covering or painting the bumoers with exactly the same "Plasti-Dip"... I had to remove the old chrome and sand-blast both bumpers in order to get the plasti-dip to adhere well enough to the bare metal. the car looked much less old with the bumpers in almost the same red color of the body, but had to touch-up the bumpers frequently, because it is too soft for that application!
    Amclaussen, Mexico City.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Why did you sand it down?

    The point of Plasti-dip spray is just to go over chrome or whatever you need. Now in the future it you want to remove it you'll be left with sanded chrome....

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well that's just the way I was taught to paint stuff was to sand it or rough up the surface a bit so it would hold the paint or coating better. A buffer should get the scratches from the sandpaper out of the chrome if i remove it.
    Thanks for the comment.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The grill looks great!
    The nice thing about plasti dip is that you can peel it off if you don't like it or just want to change it up, you just have to spray it on thick enough for it to hold together. I'm getting ready to plasti dip a bike frame this week!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. Its an awesome product. Post some pictures when you get it done!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    there are several brands of spray paint formulated to work on plastic, I think your grill looks great

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes there are a ton of good ones out there. Thanks for the compliment and the comment.