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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Plasti-dipping my XLT

I wanted to start a thread for my plasti-dip process. I love this sled, but really Polaris, pink, teal and purple? I have been thinking about painting the hood for a while now, but thought it would be such a shame seeing as though the stock decals are in such great shape. So, I decided that I would plasti-dip it. That way if I keep it long enough, I can just peel off the plasti-dip and have a completely stock sled underneath.
This stuff is awesome to work with, just do your prep. I washed the parts down, then dried and sprayed with air. Goo-goned any sticker residue, and then a final wipe down with some body shop adhesive/grease remover.

Here is a before:


This is one coat on the nosecone:


Here is how it looks on my headlight cover when wet. It looks like there is dust in it, but it actually sprays out like thinned out bedliner with a hammered look to it:


This is the nosecone with 3-4 coats on it:


Hood taped off:

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Here is a comparison shot of the finished nosecone next to the hood:


I will post back as soon as I make a little more progress.

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is it a spray form or like a bucket of paint?
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Rattle can.

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ok looks good a buddy of mine used that rhino lining stuff on his whole truck got it in a green can on an older ford pick0up havnt seen any rust since lol
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^yeah that stuff is tough. I put herculiner on the footrails for a little grip.
Here is a video showing how it comes off without leaving any residue.


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WOW I never pictured it coming off that EASY !?!?

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I know, I will see how it holds up on a sled. Easy project, so if it sucks, then it sucks. At least I know what it will look like satin black.
I have read that you can just touch up any scratches by spraying right over them and it blends right in. A lot of the guys on the F-150 forums spray their wheels, bumpers, fender flares, and anything else that they can think of, and haven't had any problems with it. We will see.

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WOW! Sweeet. I'm from Hartford WI too man!

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That's cool. What a great winter hey? Lack of snow made me finally decide to do this. Of course, now that it's all apart they are getting nailed with snow up north the next day or two. Hopefully it's dry enough to put back together so I can run up this weekend.

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I've actually ridden quite a bit down here. I put 200 miles on upnorth over Christmas break and the rest down here on private property and dodge country trails when they were open. I'm probably heading upnorth this weekend for one last ride!

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Going to have to go pretty far up. I was planning on going up to Iola/Waupaca area to bomb around in our field and woods, but now it looks like they aren't going to get as much.

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Oh if I go I'd be heading up to around Iron County hopefully.

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Clever idea! That sled will look real nice if the hood turns out as good as the nosecone did.

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Ya did you finish it?

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I'm spraying the hood and my helmet today. I will post pics later on today.

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You're one sick puppy...

When I read the thread title, I was seriously doubting it would work. Even so - the nosecone came out looking really nice!!! As weird as it sounds, it's not "that" bad of an idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Maybe I'll even send you some Utah snow, as a thank-you gift...

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Haaha, it's going to take a lot of snow. Green grass here.

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1 coat:


2 coats:


Last coat just about dryed:


A shot of what the decals look like under the three layers:


And one of the sled with all the pink striping stripped off:

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Nice! Now lets see it back on the sled with the windshield and headlight cover!

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