To start my Plasti Dip Your Bike review, let me just say that I’ve only know about this stuff for a handful of months. I first heard about Plasti Dip from my fiancee when she was considering dipping her Mustang. Having no clue what the hell she was talking about I went straight to the internet and started my research.
Fast forward to a few days later and I was a self proclaimed expert on Plasti Dip and REALLY wanted to try my hand at dipping my motorcycle.
The main problem I ran into was that all the tutorials out there are primarily based on dipping your car. The guys at DipYourCar.com pretty much have this market on lock down and do have some great info but it’s mostly about cars. A word to the wise if you’re looking to buy Plasti Dip…do a simple Google search! There are other places to buy Plasti Dip that might be a bit cheaper. I’m not saying DipYourCar.com is bad, just do your homework.
I’d check the following places first
- Amazon (They usually have lots of colors)
- Lowes (Might be able to get locally)
- Home Depot (Might be able to get locally)
Now, onto the good part and probably the part you came for! My 1994 Suzuki DR650 started out with white plastics and a blue frame. It didn’t look bad by any means. In fact, it looked a little like this…
White isn’t that bad, it doesn’t show dirt nearly as much and it looks “clean” and well mannered. I however, like the look of black.
Initially I figured my bike was going to use 2 spray cans of Plasti Dip but being the nervous Nelly that I am, bought 3 from my local Lowes store just in case. I started by removing all the plastics from the bike that I could. I was lazy and didn’t remove my rear fender, rear rack, or any of my too large lights. Once I got those off I used some mineral spirits to wipe down and clean any surface that was going to be sprayed. After that I taped off my bike with newspaper and painters tape.
I laid my parts down on a big piece of cardboard and started my first coat. Everything I read recommended between 2-4 coats and to allow dry time between coats. I opted for 3 coats with a 30 minute dry time between each. It was a fairly warm day with minimal wind. After several beers and using all 3 cans I had finished dipping my bike. As a side note, I’d recommend letting your bike sit overnight in a garage if possible to allow everything to fully dry.
Tips and Tricks
aka LISTEN TO THIS SHIT!
- The Can Gun – BUY THIS THING! After burning through 3 cans my fingers were cramped and hurt.
- Make sure to tape off your bike well. There can be a lot of overspray.
- DO NOT get any gas on your Plasti Dip and try to wipe it off. It’ll just smear and look like shit.
- Wear nitrile gloves. It’s easier to throw away gloves than to pick that stuff off your skin.
- If you can, hang your plastics vs laying them on the ground. It’ll be easier to spray
Overall I’m VERY pleased with this stuff. I’ve been off road several times and have even sprayed my bike down at the coin op wash with no problems. The dipped tank is holding up well where my knees rub which was one of the things I was really worried about. And finally, the dipped plastic by the exhaust is still looking good. Plasti Dip says they have tested their product from -30F up to 200F and I’ve heard reports ranging from a max temperature of 320F to 375F. All I know is that it’s holding up well (except the whole gas thing) and I’m happy with the results.