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Old 06-03-2014, 12:44 PM
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Painting a 300cd w/ plasti-dip

This has become popular over the last few yrs in the euro and highend sports car market ,a paintable vinyle like paint that is disposable after its life span of up to 3 yrs ,some paint shops have advertised the product as a way to preserve your factory paint .The price ranges from $350 -$550 ,the look of the various colors are dull but I kind of like the flat blk look .

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:28 PM
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Mmm.... Diesel.
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Just say no.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:50 PM
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They have really come a long way with plasti dip. Not only are there matte colors, but now they have metallic colors available as well. I personally think the metallic colors look great if you'd like your paint to look more like a "regular" paint job. I've been thinking of doing this to my 300SD as well. The worst that can happen if you don't like it is you're out about $500, because you can easily peel it off. Ironically enough, I've heard it's durable too. If I ever dip mine I'll post some photos, but that will be way down the road.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:53 PM
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A guy in CT was selling a black plastidipped 300SDL a while back. My gut reaction was negative....but after a while the idea kind of grew on me.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:00 PM
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I have considered it for the 80 300cd. The paint is tired.... I thought a flat black could be kind of fun for a while. I did the wheels on our Saab and they came out okay. It's nice because it changed the look of the car and protects the wheels from road salt in the winter.

Sure I would love to repainted the 80 but to do it and use quality materials would cost more then the value of the car.

The one thing that turns me away from plasti dip is the fact that I do have some surface rust. I could see it trapping the rust and accelerating its growth.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:11 PM
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Dip The Whip!!
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:23 PM
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Eastwood sells "ElastiWrap". From what I've heard, they are pretty reputable so I would trust their product over others. I'm not sure of mixing to make a custom color. The one that interests me is the gloss clear. I wonder how well it would do over a tired clear coat.

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Old 06-03-2014, 09:00 PM
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THis thread caught my eye because I was thinking of something that might work on edge of wheel wells.

I painted my wheel well edges last year with POR on inside and outside of edge. But already there are rust stains. It seems the thin bare edge rusts.

One thought was to use stone guard spray (that is probably much like Plasti-Dip) to seal the edge. But I wondered about removing it if rust does start under it.

Maybe I should start another thread under bodywork on how to stop those wheel wells from rusting. But while here, I am interested in any ideas!

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