What is Plasti Dip Paint – What is It Used for?

usage of plasti dip paint

Plasti Dip is a brand of synthetic rubber that can be applied to just about any surface to change its color or texture or to protect it from weathering and wear. 

Plasti Dip product line is most commonly used to change the color of car wheels or to add a nonslip coating to tools and equipment. 

It can also be used on household projects such as weatherproofing light fixtures or adding insulation to exposed pipes.

How do You Apply Plasti Dip?

Plasti Dip is usually available in a 14-1/2 ounce can, which is sprayed directly on the surface to be coated. 

It is however important to make sure that the surface is clean and free of any dirt or grease before application.  

Here is a detailed video I could find that will show you how to apply Plasti Dip correctly:

Remember that Plasti Dip can easily last for about three years when applied correctly and maintained properly. 

However, it is not a permanent solution and will need to be reapplied eventually.

Where Can You Use Plasti Dip? 

One of the most versatile products for the amateur home renovator, Plasti Dip, offers several different uses.

In fact, so popular is the product that people are coming up with new uses for their properties.

What follows are some different ideas about how you can use this product. 

1- Cos Play

Creating Cos Play costumes has been one of the biggest trends over the past few decades. To create the many elaborate costumes, people most often use EVA foam. 

This type of foam may look quite familiar as it is often used to make interlocking floor mats found in children’s nurseries and play areas.

 And while EVA foam can be used to create helmets, suits of armor, and the like, one disadvantage is that traditional paint does not stick to its surface. 

This is where Plasti Dip comes into play, as you can apply it directly to the surface of EVA foam.

Once applied, you can then paint the Plasti Dip to create the colors that you want. 

2- Dip Electronic Items

Your phone, tablet, and laptop can now have a unique, protective, rubberized coating, thanks to Plasti Dip.

Be sure to clean the surface first, then apply masking tape or Painter’s tape to areas that you do not want to spray with the Plasti Dip.

Remember to shut off the device and cover the vents and all other openings as well. 

Now your electronic device can have a nifty, removable covering that is unique and protective. 

3- Furniture

Normally, chalk paint is applied to bespoke furniture to create an antique or unique appearance.

Applying a coat of Plasti Dip not only does the same thing, but also makes the furniture waterproof. 

This means that you can create protective, colorful coverings for your older furniture and place it outdoors, where it will be protected from the elements. 

In addition, the Plasti Dip provides the legs with a non-slip surface so they stay in place. 

4- Handles

It’s probably not surprising that the original purpose of Plasti Dip was to coat the handles of tools so they would be more comfortable to hold and last longer. 

There are still many tool handles that do not have a protective coating, so you can dip them into the Plasti Dip and provide the protection that the product offers. 

Clean the handle and dip it in one smooth motion into the Plasti Dip. Hang the tool so that the Plasti Dip can dry evenly.

You can remove any imperfects with the proper tools after it has dried. 

5- Jewelry 

Because you can dip different types of material, from metal to feathers, into Plasti Dip, you can create a wide array of jewelry for a low cost. 

The Plasti Dipsticks to the surface and creates a colorful coating that smooths the edges.

The rubberized finish provides a new, contemporary appearance to different objects that can be sported as jewelry. 

6- Non-Slip Slippers

One of the most popular types of slippers is those which are crochet and handmade. Soft and breathable, the slippers are quite comfortable. 

However, they also are quite slippery when walking on wooden or tile flooring. 

Applying Plasti Dip on the bottom of the slippers creates a non-slip surface which makes walking far more comfortable. 

The slippers remain comfortable, and the layer of Plasti Dip on the bottom prevents slipping on tile or wooden surfaces. 

7- Short-Term Car Coating

Arguably the most popular use of Plasti Dip is to temporarily coat a vehicle.

You can coat the entire car if you desire, but the most popular areas are the trims, wheels, wing mirrors, and badges. 

The product provides robust protection for years when applied properly. After a few years, you can peel off the Plasti Dip, and the paintwork underneath will still be intact. 

You can apply the dip yourself if you feel up to it. Or you can hire a professional, which is a popular choice, to apply the Plasti Dip to your vehicle. 

8- Waterproofing

Another highly popular use of Plasti Dip is to waterproof items such as boats.

Those who have inflatable kayaks can successfully repair them to ensure that the kayak remains waterproof. 

The Plasti Dip can be used on both inflatable and rigid kayaks to seal leaks and generally prevent water from getting in.

Because the Plasti Dip is resistant to UV or ultraviolet rays, it will not fade from the sunlight. 

You can also line the interior with wooden planters. This will keep the moisture inside while protecting the wood on the outside. 

Plasti Dip is a popular waterproofing product because it is easy to use and can be applied with a paintbrush or with a spray.

Simply wipe clean the interior of the wooden planter, spray or apply the Plasti Dip and let dry. 

Another popular waterproofing use of Plasti Dip is on tents, both big and small. You can apply the Plasti Dip, which will repel the water and properly seal up any holes in the material.

 Plasti Dip works better than other products such as yacht and floor varnishes along with many non-silicone coatings on the market.  

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