Using Plasti Dip On the Bumper Strips

From the front, this is after washing it. From the distance the Strips look flawless, like new
From the front, this is after washing it. From the distance the Strips look flawless, like new

So I wanted to improve the looks of my car by darkening my plastic strips somehow.
A bit of research led me to choosing Plasti Dip to cover my Bumper strips with a thin layer of spray on plastic. The Front and rear bumper are easy to take of, so for spraying them I removed them, cleaned with Dishwasher and started.:: How to remove: use a plastic card alike to a credit card just a bit stronger, you can also use credit cards to help a little out, a screwdriver is not the way to go but if you cant do it otherwise you can use a flat wide one with cloth wrapped around. The bumpers are only held by small stubs that lock into position. You cant start with the ends pointing towards the wheels, at the front remove the number plate area first at the rear start out at the corners. :: Spraying the plastic parts evenly can be tricky. you need around 4 layers, let those dry in between for a little more than 5 minutes. After spraying a few parts i learned that the best way is to start spraying whilst already moving the can back and forth quickly. After spraying a little, It tends to start spraying bigger drops which does not look good at all and are hard to remove, so what you can do is spray for around 15 seconds, then wipe the cans opening, shake the can and continue. Keep around 15-20cm distance make sure its a sort of mist coming out of your can, do not spray in bursts. I saw this online and the result was terrible. Keep spraying evenly moving quickly from side to side. Plasti dip can be peeled of if you want to remove it, it wont leave permanent traces but can be trick to get of on grainy surfaces :::: VERY IMPORTANT:: the stuff is super hazardous. I ended up inhaling a little bit in the beginning and had terrible headache for 3 days. Use protective glasses, cover your mouth or do it outside and hold you breath completely! A regular filter wont do, you need either a specialized expensive one or something airtight that hinders you from accidentally breathing. Your hands need to be protected too, I used simple one way cleaning gloves, worked fine. !! Just 1-2 breaths and a few hours later you will suffer the consequences, be aware!

Plasti Dip

Left is in the process of being dipped and the right one the old worn part.
Left is in the process of being dipped and the right one the old worn part.
During the process I compared the finished rear strip with the still original front
During the process I compared the finished rear strip with the still original front
I used simple Tape and Advertisements, at the side of the road between parked cars.
I used simple Tape and Advertisements, at the side of the road between parked cars.
Started with the rear, you can see minor differences in the shade of black because I didnt do it perfectly right away
Started with the rear, you can see minor differences in the shade of black because I didnt do it perfectly right away
After finishing the front.
After finishing the front.
Using Plasti Dip On the Bumper Strips - BMW E39 5-series Forum
Worked out better for the sides, the trick is not doing it like you see in the plasti dip videos lol.
Worked out better for the sides, the trick is not doing it like you see in the plasti dip videos lol.
The result before washing the car.
The result before washing the car.
This is the finished Car and also washed
This is the finished Car and also washed
This is from today. The light from the typical grey sky flatters the oxfordgreen . Parked in front of my car: 4 Porsche s
This is from today. The light from the typical grey sky flatters the oxfordgreen . Parked in front of my car: 4 Porsche s
Taken from the inside of my car so the quality isn't staggering. Living near the Nürburgring .. :)
Taken from the inside of my car so the quality isn't staggering. Living near the Nürburgring .. :)

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