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Curious if anyone else here has a dipped car?
Loving mine especially in the winter, it sure helps to protect the car from rock chips.
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Looking good! I airwrapped mine for winter



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Did you do the plastidip yourself or pay someone? I was interested in getting this done, but I don't have the equipment. I got quoted ~$600 to do my car. Wondering if it's cheaper to buy the equipment and do it myself.
 

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Did you do the plastidip yourself or pay someone? I was interested in getting this done, but I don't have the equipment. I got quoted ~$600 to do my car. Wondering if it's cheaper to buy the equipment and do it myself.
It's cheaper to do it yourself. It just takes a lot of time and effort and it can be easy to mess up


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I've just been taking mine through a car wash every few weeks now that's it 's too cold to wash my car by hand. Better than waiting all winter than doing any car washing I suppose...
 

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What does it cost to wrap a car?
Location and who does it for you are the two main variables for cost. I can only speak of prices for "liquid wrap" (plasti dip alternatives that spray out of a paint gun). Vinyl I wouldn't be sure.

But for example, a professional shop will charge anywhere from $750-$1500 for a complicated dip job with lots of flake/pearls or colorshift. But if you find some guys who have a shop and who do it on the weekends as a hobby they can charge their own prices and it'll be cheaper. I will only charge $600-$700 for any car no matter what they want on it, but that's because I don't have expenses other than my own time invested


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Did you do the plastidip yourself or pay someone? I was interested in getting this done, but I don't have the equipment. I got quoted ~$600 to do my car. Wondering if it's cheaper to buy the equipment and do it myself.
Pretty sure she's only had her white ST for a week and bought it already dipped. However like Soden82 said it's DEFINITELY cheaper to do yourself (IIRC 300-400 bucks) but he's not kidding about the fact it takes a lot of time and it's easy to mess up. Fatigue alone and hassle of masking off the whole car and spraying the entire car with the stuff if you aren't used to doing it would be rough.
 

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Looking good! I airwrapped mine for winter



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Oh wow I love that color. Is that like a vinyl wrap? How does it hold up?
 

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You say dipped, plasti dip correct? If so is that done with a can or with a spray gun?
As @brian60 said I just purchased the car and it was already plasti dipped. The guy I bought it from owns his own shop where he does full vehicle dips and headlight retrofits. He used a professional spray gun to do the car in a spray booth. He also removes the headlights, taillights door handles trim pieces and so on. He did my roof on my Mazda as well. As I'm in Canada keep in mind the $$$ difference but he quoted me $1600 to dip my Mazda 3. Just to give you a rough idea. The white dip on my ST has a pearlizer mixed into it as well to give it that satin white finish.
 

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Oh wow I love that color. Is that like a vinyl wrap? How does it hold up?
Looks like Nitrous Blue or at least VERY close. Which that color alone is what makes the Focus RS so irresistible.
 

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As @brian60 said I just purchased the car and it was already plasti dipped. The guy I bought it from owns his own shop where he does full vehicle dips and headlight retrofits. He used a professional spray gun to do the car in a spray booth. He also removes the headlights, taillights door handles trim pieces and so on. He did my roof on my Mazda as well. As I'm in Canada keep in mind the $$$ difference but he quoted me $1600 to dip my Mazda 3. Just to give you a rough idea. The white dip on my ST has a pearlizer mixed into it as well to give it that satin white finish.
OK good to know, not going to do this on my ST, but a project car I was going to buy. how smooth did it come out?
 

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Just keep in mind, from my experience plasti dip is super pourous meaning it gets dirty quick. I believe that plasti dip has a sealant now so you definitely want to use that.
 

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OK good to know, not going to do this on my ST, but a project car I was going to buy. how smooth did it come out?
If it's done perfectly and has the sealant with it then it's VERY smooth. Almost soft to the touch. My wheels when I bought them I thought were painted black and the salesperson even said he's pretty sure they are, but didn't wanna hit it with a razor to find out. Proper preparation and the dip is a great finish.
 

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I have dipped plenty of wheels with great results. It helps that I have been wood finisher for over 30 years, so smooth finishes are a priority. But always wanted to do a whole car. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer and I get my project going


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Oh wow I love that color. Is that like a vinyl wrap? How does it hold up?
It's what's called a liquid wrap and I purchased it from a website called Dr Pigment. I sprayed it out of a standard paint gun designed for plasti dip/liquid wrap. It holds up better than dip for the most part. They've come out with a new formula recently that is more durable and more glossy and also more scratch resistant. If you spray with some thick layers of clear coat, it'll hold up to anything. Took me a combined 12-14 hours to do the whole car with 3 hours just in prep work


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I have dipped plenty of wheels with great results. It helps that I have been wood finisher for over 30 years, so smooth finishes are a priority. But always wanted to do a whole car. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer and I get my project going


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I think you would really enjoy it, same procedure as wheels but more prep and the lighting needs to be great in order to get the roof to level out right


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