Nissan GT-R gets plasti-dipped with interesting results


Plasti-dip is a relatively new process of covering your car in what can best be described as a vinyl-like wrap, without actually wrapping the car – it gets painted on, sort of.

Here are Hooniverse we plasti-dip our vehicles naturally, with rust. It’s process which takes years to perfect, but the results are outstanding. Plasti-dipping is a much more accelerated process, and from these images and online videos it looks like any idiot can do it it can be done anywhere. The results are interesting. This particular GT-R ends up looking overly white, and the un-dipped trunk looks a bit weird, but tastes aside, that’s pretty cool.

I am interested to see the long-term results of this process. I have seen commercial vehicles which have been vinyl wrapped. With time, the vinyl faded and when removed the adhesive took some paint off with it.

Check out the step-by-step process and a video after the jump.

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38 responses to “Nissan GT-R gets plasti-dipped with interesting results”

  1. JayP2112 Avatar

    I've used plasti-dip to dechrome the pony and make all the plastics match. Worked great but on wide surfaces I had read it was tough to make it even. But these were guys using rattle cans. I was thinking of doing the roof- like the Boss.
    It must be popular- my local Lowe's can't keep that stuff in stock.

  2. RichardKopf Avatar

    I'm thinking of dipping my Marquis next winter, to help prevent rust, of course.

    1. pj134 Avatar

      Make sure to write up the process. I want to see a dipped grand marquis. Can you go something like ktm orange?

  3. P161911 Avatar

    So this is the same stuff I dipped a bunch of tool handles in 20 years ago?!?
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    1. Josh_Howard Avatar

      exact same

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Damn, maybe I wasn't doing it right, but that stuff is nearly impossible to clean. I have several tools with nice dull yellow handles and permanent greasy hand prints.

  4. Wolfie Avatar

    Still trying to figure how much that crap reduces the resale value.

    1. Josh_Howard Avatar

      None… not a dime. When done correctly, it just peels right off. It's only left on for a period of time and removed. it's basically like wrapping your car. It actually can protect it from the elements.

      1. Wolfie Avatar

        Well, live and learn.

    2. quijoteMike Avatar

      None, as long as there is some other jerk who wants to use the car for showing off – rather than driving. I am told it takes all sorts – but I don't believe what they say

  5. racer139 Avatar

    Ive been thinking of doing that to my S70. anyone know how much to thin it down and do any surfaces need to be sanded? What about covering rust do you need to clean up the rust and prime the spot? If not will it bubble and trap water? Will it peel off of the car, normal paint requires a sanded surface to lay down properly, so will plasticoat peel from a shiny surface? I forgot this….. is the flat back avaliable from plasticoat because that is the look I want on thee ole beater. Sorry for all the quetions.

    1. Josh_Howard Avatar

      Plastidip IS NOT LIKE PAINT… it's more like the saran wrap you use in the kitchen. I say this because all it requires is a large area that's clean to stick. You do NOT SAND AT ALL. The point of it is to cover a car in a unique way to protect from damage. Later it can be removed. This is not an industrial finish or a paint. It's a plastic coating that is to be used for a year and peeled off and replaced. Think of it as a bra for the entire car. You do NOT want to cover up rust. That's a bad idea. What you're wanting to do is treat it like paint. It's simply a flexible, matte or satin coating that is temporary. Did I mention it is temporary? Think of it as the flavor of the month vinyl wrap that's more versatile and anyone can do it.

      1. racer139 Avatar

        Thanks Mr.Howard, the only thing I need to know Is, is the stuff avaliable in flat black or do I have to buy that from that guy in the video? I have A hvlp gun and everything else to paint a car the traditional way.Also have a gun for gravel gaurd. Thanks again

        1. Josh_Howard Avatar

          Satin black.. not really flat. If you don't use the glossifier it'll stay satin instead of gloss. The guy in the video has made a good business with this stuff. I'd buy from him just because you can get some great premix stuff. As far as gun, I'm not sure how thick this is but I do know it's thicker… more like an epoxy primer from what I hear.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      If you want to go extreme (yeah, I still hate that word) and don't want to peel it off, you can always get the vehicle coated with Rhino Lining or Line-X. I know, it's ridiculous, but I see some trucks and SUVs (mainly Excursions) coated with the stuff.

      1. racer139 Avatar

        If It was a jeep or a h1 or an old four wheel druve truck I would consider rhyno lining it but a volvo s70 would look to extreme (not much of a fan of that word either) in my opinion. Plus its plasti coat if I dont like it, it can easily be peeled off.

  6. $kaycog Avatar

    I don't think it works well in extreme heat.
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  7. TrueBlue315 Avatar

    I like his plate.

    1. Kelly Avatar

      I thought it was Gojira.

  8. muthalovin Avatar

    That'll buff right out.

  9. Scandinavian Flick Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick

    I've been thinking about this on the Goat… If it's as easy as it seems, it might be a fun way to harmlessly mix it up for a bit. I was thinking something similar to this one, with the whole car being flat white, leaving the roof and mirrors gloss black. Another thought is doing flat red stripes in this style:
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    The one thing I've heard though is that it doesn't respond well to high heat… So if you do your wheels, the heat from the brakes can bake it on more permanently. I'm concerned the same could be the case with the hood… I am probably going to hold off until its current popularity turns into some more long term testing results.

    1. pj134 Avatar

      Maybe give it an ACR Viper style stripe. 😀

  10. TurboBrick Avatar

    So this is the way to go if I want to paint my Volvo like the Mad Max interceptors and then regret the decision.

    1. toxicavenger1 Avatar

      My guess is that the regret would come when you try and peel it off.

    2. racer139 Avatar

      My volvo is just a beater so Im none to worried. If it was a keeper I would never do this. Like sombody else said it needs to be tested long term and my car may be the one for that test.

  11. Sjalabais Avatar

    I just covered my car in gravel dust, while driving. I call it "gravi drivi". 50 shades of grey, and even a mysterious hint of what colour the car is painted in originally.

  12. pj134 Avatar

    No going to lie, kind of want to make my Sonata neon green now.

      1. pj134 Avatar

        Clearly that's a green neon not a neon green. This is closer to a neon green green neon.
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        1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

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          1. Alff Avatar

            One of the best inventions ever – JD Green duct tape, introduced around the same time that they started replacing sheet metal with plastics. I habitually keep a roll on hand.

  13. K5ING Avatar

    Is this what Hollywood has been using to paint cars for TV and the movies? I had a friend who lent his '63 Chevy to Oliver Stone when he was making JFK back in 1991. His car was white, but they "painted it" black for the movie. I say "painted" because what they used just peeled right off leaving no damage. Sounds like the same stuff.

    1. Gearhead Avatar

      It's not the same chemical, but it is a similar idea.
      In the industry, we've used "peel-coating" for years to change the color of vehicles for commercials, photo shoots, etc. As I recall, the base coat is a latex paint (water-based). We used to just pressure wash the cars afterward and 99% of it came off, usually leaving little bits around the masking lines that would then scrape off with a plastic blade.

      1. K5ING Avatar

        Thanks. I believe that he actually said "came right off", not "peeled", so that sounds about right.
        If you work in that field, and it sounds like you do, consider yourself lucky. I'd just about kill for a job in the transportation area of movie making, but also I think I'd have a hard time with the way they treat some of the nicer classic cars.

  14. lbreeves Avatar

    I'm in the process of dipping my old kawi' motorcycle. It got dropped and I don't want to spend the cash on a real paint job right now.
    They didn't have the color I wanted in gallons, so I bought ten(more than I need) cans of it in spray form. I highly recommend the better nozzles. the ones that come on the cans suck.

  15. DanMos Avatar

    I saw it today! It was super-hyped up. When he left the parking lot he tore away and the car absolutely howled, nay, roared.
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