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Has anyone plasti dipped the chrome clad wheels on the 3D yet? From what I've read (on another forum) it seems like a decent temporary solution to get rid of the chrome wheels until new ones can be purchased. I read a thread of a guy (link below) do it with the wheels still on by covering the brakes with plastic bags and taping everything else, including the lug nuts. Guy in thread on other forum (link below) said just put three heavy coats on right before the previous one dries. Another guy takes them off and they seem to come out real nice.

I also saw on this forum a guy plasti dipped his decals and that seems like a good way to darken them if you so choose. Again, from what I've read, correct me if I'm wrong, if you mess up with this stuff, it's apparently pretty easy to just peel off and try again.

Guy in thread I read also said it held up a lot better, over a year I believe, than he expected it to.

Anything else I'm missing or should know before I give this a shot?

If anyone has done it and can provide some pics/details/warnings/findings I'd much appreciate it.

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I for one HATE plast dip. Yes, it is decent stuff depending on the application but for vehicle applications, no thanks. I coated a front grille, bumper and some light mounts once. The plasti dip was on there for about a month and a half. I decided to remove it and apply a urethane bed liner for long term durability. The plasti dip took me nearly 3 hours to remove. It tore off in no bigger than 1" pieces. I ended up having to wash the parts down with varsol and that turn the plasti dip into a liquid tar like mess. It took 2 heavy coats of varsol and a scrub brush followed by a good liquid soap wash down. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Maybe try some vinyl wrap. I've watched a few good how-to videos on youtube but it does require patience and an understanding of how to work out crease if one starts to form
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The thicker you put it on, the easier it comes off I've noticed. I did the wheels on my ram and when I removed it to sell, it peeled off in one piece! I removed my wheels from the truck and did inside and out. I left the lug nuts chrome and the center cap. I thought it looked good for the 20 bucks it cost to do all 4 wheels.

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I coated the hood of my '02 Ram with PlastiDip about 10 months ago to hide the failing paint. Other than it not having a gloss finish (even with the Glossifier applied), I was happy with the results. It held up very well until my radiator developed a crack last August while towing our travel trailer home. The coolant fluid that shot onto the hood apparently caused the PlastiDip to break down and now there are spots where it is flaking off. Other than that, it worked quite well. To the point where I will probably re-apply it to the hood and other surfaces (roof, tops of doors, etc) that are also showing the paint failure. I think this will suffice for making the truck look better before I sell this summer.

I've toyed with the idea of coating wheels in the winter months for protection, but don't care for the back wheel look. If I had chrome wheels though, I would probably go ahead with it anyway. Or buy some PlastiDip in red to really make a statement... :rolleyes:
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I am planning to order a Laramie the first of April and have considered using PlastiDip on the "wave perforated" chrome grill inserts as I am not fond of all that chrome. I do have concerns about durability from bug hits etc.
I plasti-dipped my entire motorcycle, every fairing and it has held up great. The key is to apply multiple coats.

This summer I plan to plasti-dip the chrome bumpers on my ED. Since I already have the black wheels, the chrome bumpers just look off to me. Thought about hitting up some of the badging I left on as well.
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