Using the Preval sprayer for testing pearls

 

A Preval sprayer is a great way for testing your pearls on speed shapes. You simply pour in whatever dip you are going to mix pearls in into the 9oz jar. Then you add the correct amount of Pearls or flakes (shown below). A speed shape is a good way to see the way the pearl or flake looks in different angles and lights before doing a full scale project like a car. Each speed shape should have a base applied of 3 coats before applying pearls. Be aware that pearls look differently depending on the base underneath. The possibilities are endless, so get creative with it.
Solid Pearls: 2.35g
Colorshift Pearls: 3.52g
Micro Flakes: 1.17g

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Plasti Dip your wheels

You are usually going to need a can of plasti dip per wheel. Anything over 19″ will need more than one can for proper durability and peeling. 4-6 coats.  It is better to spray the wheels while they are off the car, but it is also possible to spray while they are on. You have two choices for masking the tire: Buy index cards or playing cards and lay them on the outside of the wheel, or you could wipe tire shine on the tire, spray the wheel and easily peel off the overspray. The dry time between coats is approximately 20 minutes. You should start off with wiping down your wheels with Predip spray or just cleaning them them with soap and water, just be sure they are fully dry before spraying. Any dirt or moisture can cause the dip to lift. In order to clean brake dust you can buy BDP (Brake Dust Professional) from Dipyourcar.com Predip spray and Simple Green also work well.

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What are pearls and why should I use them?

The biggest game-changer since dip products worked their way into the industry, but what exactly are pearls? Pearls are little tiny “flakes” or “pigments” that usually look like a fine powder which allow you to “tint” or “color” a clear gallon of your choice of removable rubber coating.

There are various categories of pearls such as candy pearls, ghost pearls, or even chameleon pearls. Different categories behave differently. Candy pearls are a way to get vibrant solid colors while chameleon pears offer an iridescent effect – also known as color changing pearls. They will appear different depending on lighting and the angle you are looking at them. Ghost pearls are often a white powder. Ghost pearls are mainly meant to be sprayed over a white car to achieve their primary goal. Where the light hits, they will add a subtle splash of color which explains this “ghosting” effect.

How much pearl do I need?

An important question asked is, “How much pearl do I need?” The answer to this often varies but through various testing and statements by vendors, the most popular consensus is that most candy pearls can achieve their full effect without changing the way the product lays at 50 grams per gallon. Most ghost pearls are recommended at 25 grams per gallon and most chameleon pearls at 75 grams per gallon. There has been some debate on chameleon pearls as some users prefer 50 grams per gallon – just keep in mind you will have to use more product to achieve the same result as 75 grams per gallon.

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What is raail? What is xytek? What is Protek?

This may be a lot of information to absorb, especially getting hit with all these different names at once: raail, xytek, protek. So what exactly is all this stuff?
Let’s start off with Raail. What exactly is raail? Raail is the company that sells two different types of liquid wrap coatings – xytek and protek. Although these two coatings may be very similar, they are also very different. Raail’s protek is an entry level coating which is made to be very user friendly to the DIY consumer. It can be sprayed through a regular entry – level turbine spray system such as the Dip Your Car Dip Sprayer System or even the graco 2901.
So moving on, what is xytek?
Xytek on the other hand is for more experienced users. Xytek will lay smoother than protek but requires much more expensive equipment to spray properly. Xtyek also offers a gloss coating which can mimic OEM –like finishes. Xytek is more expensive than protek however protek was priced competitively towards the DIY market to compete with Halo EFX and Plasti Dip.

Both Xytek and Protek can be used with any pearls to achieve virtually any color you wish. Raail also sells color drop-ins which you can add for pre-mixed effortless color choices. Whether you choose to go with Protek or fork up the extra cash to go with Xytek, I’m sure you will be pleased with the results.

What is Halo EFX? – Removable Coating Introduction

With the removable coatings industry growing at a lightning fast pace, the question “What is Halo EFX?”begs to be answered.  I’ll start by letting you know that it is in fact a removable coating and its main selling point – like plasti dip is that it comes off.

So why the heck should I buy it?

Racking up at $58 per gallon for the clear and $65 to $70 MSRP for colored gallons, you might wonder what makes it worth buying over plasti dip (Halo EFX vs Plasti Dip). The simple answer is the feel. According to many users who have tried both products, almost all of them prefer the feel of Halo EFX over any other removable coating. Many users have used descriptions such as “it feels like vinyl” when describing the feel of Halo EFX.

So now for the all-important second question: What is Halo EFX’s reaction with pearls?

The answer to this is VERY simple. Halo EFX works with pearls the same way you would expect plasti dip to. You mix the same amount in a gallon of Halo EFX as you would in a gallon of Plasti Dip. Halo EFX will be slightly more reflective and shiny than standard matte plasti dip. If you’re looking for a satin finish, Halo EFX is probably the right coating for you. It is comparable to a mixture of half glossifier and half matte clear plasti dip.

 

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Plasti Dip Wheels to Enhance the Appearance of Your Car

If you are thinking about enhancing the appearance of your car’s wheels, you need to know that there is an easy way to do It Yourself! You can plasti dip wheels, as this is one of the newest and latest trend in what regards changing the appearance of the wheels. Plasti Dip is a synthetic rubber coating that is basically used onto most surfaces and many people use this on their car, in order to change its color or the color of specific parts/accessories of their car. If you plasti dip wheels well, then you will get a coating that is sturdy and resistant to scratches. Also, if you are not very content with the result, you can remove it by simply peeling it off your wheels. Here are a few instructions to help you get an idea of what you need to do for this process:

  1. Take the wheels off your car and clean them thoroughly.
  2. Dry the wheels completely
  3. Mask the parts of the wheels that you don’t want to cover.
  4. Use your plasti dip to spray the first coat on the wheels. It is recommended that the first coat has 50% transparency.
  5. Spray additional coats – the number of coats you spray only depends on you. Be careful, though, as you need to wait a few minutes between coats.
  6. Wait for the coats to completely dry off.
  7. Remove the masking tape from the parts you had it applied on.
  8. Reinstall the wheels on your car.
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Aluminum plasti dipped wheels

Opting for plasti dip wheels over paint wheels has plenty of advantages, as you will discover after doing this on your own wheels. The best part about this method is that you can change the color of your wheels without doing any harm to them, especially without making any doing on their original paint. Also, as long as you apply this correctly, it will last for long periods of time – or until you decide to peel it off. Another advantage is that when you peel this off your wheels, you will not hurt the original paint of the wheels, which is under the coats of plasti dip that you applied on them.

Plasti dip combines the look and feel of paint, but it is even better than any paint, as it is as durable as rubber. Also, you can find this in a variety of colors, so that you can try your creativity and imagination and you will be happy with the results – or at least, you can change them easily, if you wish.

 

 

 

Best wax for plasti dip?

So far I’ve used a ton of spray waxes but the best one I can recommend currently is Turtle Wax ICE. I use it for my personal car and it provides the best shine and smooth feeling out of the ones I have tried so far. Other benefits of using wax on a dipped car are: added protection from chips & scratches, repelling dirt and water, and an added level of waterproofing. Overall I’d say the turtle wax Ice made it noticeably more shiny/glossy than without it.

You can buy the wax on amazon for about $8 here: http://amzn.to/1qgFlGt

 

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What causes textured plasti dip?

First let’s try to figure out what texture means. This does not refer to the natural “rubber look” of plasti dip. Texture refers to roughness or a fuzzy look and feel of plasti dip. From experience, I can say that 90% of the time the main cause of this is the spray angle. If you are not hitting the surface at exactly 90 degrees, you have a higher chance of creating texture. This applies especially to curved surfaces. You will need to adjust your spray so you are curving WITH the surfaces and not spraying against them.