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    color change

    just wanted to share with the AAC forum...
    So I purchased a AA3 black on black on black, which I love but I can not keep cars clean so I always opt for white. being that I don't see the Atom staying in my life forever (this is because of limit garage space) I want to keep the factory color. so first I wrapped in vinyl but the contours caused the vinyl to keep lifting, next option dipyourcar its basically plastidip yup I said plastidip the crap you find at home depot
    here are some pics... let me know your thoughts. my idea was when I sell it could be taken off and sold as the original black Atom.
    when I have more time I can share my pros and cons of this stuff overall I think I'm happy for now



    if this doesn't show I will fix link when I get home (not easy to post using iphone)

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    Plastidip???? Wow, nothing I would have tired. I like the highlights you did. Very interested to see what you do with the rest.

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    Hey Norm
    it's been the talk on the GTR forum for a bit. I figured for $300. which includes the spray gun 3 gallons of dip and a roll of blue tape it would be worth the try. here is the problem I found. "Masking" when you watch videos they make it seem super simple and it peels at the point of the mask, not true I had to sit and razor most of the masked areas which is why I'm not too happy nor do I have the straightest lines. second thing is they said (and this could be the masking problem as well) that a full size car should take no more than 5 coats of dip therefor 3 gallons is plenty well.. I had to use 1 full gallon just on the front nose, they claim this is because the flat black is hard to cover which is true I did 9 coats and still see some areas I'm not thrilled about. which brings on the next problem and the main reason I decided on this product. Being the Atom has many different contours its hard to wrap with vinyl therefore we got lots of lifting, well same goes for the dip. the most important part of the dip is to have consistent coverage which crazy bumps grooves and contours are hard to get, of corse I am not a painter my any stretch of the imagination it was just a pain in the arse.
    Over all I'm happy because it was a cheap fix to my white Atom craving, but I will paint if I decide to keep this beast.
    A few things I should mention the product does peel off as advertised however peeling has more success with the more coats applied, if you have lets say 1 or 2 coats it doesn't peel its more of a rub off in some cases you need to use more than your finger.
    Im in middle of super charging once I'm done I will post pics of the dipped Atom
    Just my opinion but this was a cheap fix for color. lastly most guys are using this for daily driven cars and wear and tear seems decent one guy said he's been dipped for a year including the wheels with no problems. A few guys are also using this product for long distance driving and track day paint chipping protection.
    Im looking for everyones feedback - and I'm not trying to push nor sell this product. just wanted everyone to see that I'm the guinea pig sense nobody has done an Atom or a Campagna T-Rex which I also own and have discussed this process sense it has the same vinyl wrapping problems.
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    feel free to look at the site

    www.dipyourcar.com

    one last thing, it took a little more than a month to receive the product but they said its because its become such a big seller in the past few months. Most important customer support is very good.

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    I've been seriously considering this and it's great to see someone who has done it! Thanks for trying it out. My plastic pieces such as the nose cone have started to fade and get ugly so I think plastidip would be an easy fix for a flat black look. However, I was worried about the "bumps" of the plastic causing problems with the application and, more importantly, the removal. This may be a silly question, but is your nosecone "bumpy" or did it have a smooth surface texture? If I were to do the nosecone, tea tray, and the part that holds the bubble screens...how much should I buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeHH View Post
    I've been seriously considering this and it's great to see someone who has done it! Thanks for trying it out. My plastic pieces such as the nose cone have started to fade and get ugly so I think plastidip would be an easy fix for a flat black look. However, I was worried about the "bumps" of the plastic causing problems with the application and, more importantly, the removal. This may be a silly question, but is your nosecone "bumpy" or did it have a smooth surface texture? If I were to do the nosecone, tea tray, and the part that holds the bubble screens...how much should I buy?
    The textured fiberglass parts will brighten up nicely with a tire gloss or 303 Aerospace protectant.

    You can also touch it up or repaint it with rustoleum textured spray paint and it looks perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeHH View Post
    I've been seriously considering this and it's great to see someone who has done it! Thanks for trying it out. My plastic pieces such as the nose cone have started to fade and get ugly so I think plastidip would be an easy fix for a flat black look. However, I was worried about the "bumps" of the plastic causing problems with the application and, more importantly, the removal. This may be a silly question, but is your nosecone "bumpy" or did it have a smooth surface texture? If I were to do the nosecone, tea tray, and the part that holds the bubble screens...how much should I buy?
    for the most part its smooth, the spray gun I used is ver low pressure and does minor spitting when the can is low. I will take a few pics monday with a 50mm 1.2 lens for detail.
    Im hoping to mount the panels this weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolus View Post
    The textured fiberglass parts will brighten up nicely with a tire gloss or 303 Aerospace protectant.

    You can also touch it up or repaint it with rustoleum textured spray paint and it looks perfect.
    Thanks, this worked like a charm!!!

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