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...