plas­tic ex­plo­sive!

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A re­cent car pur­chase has marked the first time I’ve owned a ride with 19-inch wheels, some­thing that’s par for the course within th­ese pages – or 18-inch­ers at the very least. In­deed, my ride’s black Ver­tini Magic Con­cave wheels are gor­geous but suf­fered from gut­ter rash all around. The car it­self is in top shape, in and out, but its kerb­side ad­ven­tures must have been… crunch­ingly ex­cit­ing. In an at­tempt to cam­ou­flage the dam­age for the pur­poses of ex­pe­dit­ing a sale, the wheels’ dam­aged ar­eas had been sprayed with a rub­ber-like com­pound. Ev­i­dently the spray thick­ness was way thin and the black rub­ber ‘mem­brane’ was unattrac­tively flak­ing off like sun­burned skin, re­veal­ing the scuffed hor­rors of the gut­ter rash. Frus­trated by the daggy look of the awe­some rims, I be­gan on­line re­search for ways to get this is­sue sorted. Wheel re­pair com­pa­nies abounded but restora­tion ranged from around $300 to $400 per wheel – a bit rich for me after the re­cent car pur­chase. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions saw me land­ing at a num­ber of US-based car enthusiast fo­rums where mem­bers uni­ver­sally waxed lyri­cal about a magic com­pound called Plasti Dip by Per­formix. Users were not only spray­ing their wheels but they were paint­ing stripes, ‘dip­ping’ badges, front grilles and even their en­tire cars! Check out YouTube for a wealth of clips show­ing Plasti Dips’ many uses rang­ing from the sub­lime – a new black Audi to­tally ‘dipped’ to white gloss – to the rather zeal­ous ‘re­fur­bish­ments’ of fridges and Plays­ta­tions in gold Plasti Dip. A con­ge­nial lad called ‘Fonzie’ from Florida’s ‘Dipy­our­car. com’ is very par­tial and has pro­duced a num­ber of in­for­ma­tive YouTube clips on Plasti Dip ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques. The Per­formix prod­uct is a cost ef­fec­tive re­mov­able syn­thetic rub­ber com­pound in sprayable liq­uid form, avail­able from car ac­ces­sories re­tail­ers, in 300ml spray cans or in 3.78ltr con­tain­ers for spray gun ap­pli­ca­tion. It’s of­fered in a wide va­ri­ety of colours from matt black to UV pink and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Whack it on thick straight from the can or with a spray gun and it coats and clings-on smooth, stick­ing to any sur­face. It’s dry within min­utes ready for a sec­ond coat. Should you sub­se­quently de­cide to re­move it, it sim­ply peels off like stretchy skin. After ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­se­quent mi­nor dam­age (damn gut­ter rash again) is eas­ily re­pairable with a touch-up spray. En­quir­ing from the good peo­ple at Plasti Dip Aus­tralia saw me for­tu­itously be­ing re­ferred to Kus­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia a rel­a­tively young ‘Plasti Dip­ping’ spe­cial­ist company that, as fate would have it, is based about a five minute walk from my home! Kus­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia is run by Aaran Harman and part­ner Tayla Rus­sell who of­fer a com­plete mo­bile Plasti Dip ser­vice; they come to you at a con­ve­nient time and lo­ca­tion in a fully ‘dipped’ Kus­to­mo­tive van. I en­gaged their ser­vices to Plasti Dip my sad wheels in a matt black (a ‘Glos­si­fier’ is also of­fered with vari­able gloss de­pend­ing on the num­ber of coats). But Plasti Dip can’t pull mir­a­cles; it can’t fix the ac­tual dam­age for that you’ll need the wheel re­pair­ers’ ser­vices. How­ever, it’ll pro­tect and beau­tify over the top of the scrapes cam­ou­flag­ing them with a very high fin­ish and tex­tu­ral qual­ity. Ar­riv­ing on a rel­a­tively warm and dry day (best for ‘dip­ping’) the Kus­to­mo­tive team worked ef­fi­ciently and the en­tire process – gen­er­ously in­volv­ing seven spray gun coats – took around a cou­ple of hours. And the car can be driven straight away such is the speed at which Plasti Dip forms and dries. I was thor­oughly im­pressed with the pas­sion­ate Kus­to­mo­tive team. The qual­ity and ded­i­ca­tion of Aaran and Tayla’s work – and I rec­om­mend us­ing their skills rather than ap­ply­ing your­self for a bet­ter pro­fes­sional fin­ish – has seen the company grow and its spread­ing rep­u­ta­tion has had a num­ber of prom­i­nent Syd­ney car deal­er­ships call upon its ser­vices. Ex­pan­sion may also bring an added range of ser­vices while vinyl wrap­ping, hy­dro-dip­ping and air­brush­ing are also be­ing con­sid­ered. While cur­rently Kus­to­mo­tive cov­ers Syd­ney Metro, the Blue Moun­tains, Bathurst, Wol­lon­gong and Cen­tral Coast ar­eas, given ap­pro­pri­ate de­mand they’ll travel to you Aus­tralia wide.

“Our pas­sion for au­to­mo­tive cus­tomi­sa­tion and love of art and be­ing cre­ative nat­u­rally drove us to be­com­ing Plasti-Dip In­stall­ers” says the Kus­to­mo­tive team, “…we are ded­i­cated to per­fect our tech­niques for a flaw­less fin­ish ev­ery time.”

If you’re an In­Car reader with a ride you’re proud of – or a po­ten­tial fea­ture car – and would like en­hance­ments and a dif­fer­ent look for your car and wheels, Plasti Dip via the ex­perts at Kus­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia is a no brainer. Awe­some re­sults on my own mean ma­chine.

Now, note to self: sharpen-up re­verse park­ing and stay well away from those damn gut­ters… Ed Kramer

Kus­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia Plasti Dip­ping mo­bile ser­vice Price: From $280 to $310 for four wheels + travel time Con­tact: Kus­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia on +61 (0)455 836 665 Link: www.kus­to­mo­tive.com.au Plasti Dip re­mov­able syn­thetic rub­ber coat­ing Price: $29.99 per...

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