Turning purple for PH

You know how it is. There you are having a quick cup of tea and getting distracted in the PH forums, and before you know it you're knee deep in YouTube clips of people failing at drifting and doing daft things with cars.

Tristan's Impreza as it was before...
Tristan's Impreza as it was before...
It was at about this point a couple of months ago when I came across some YouTube clips of Americans spraying on, and peeling off, a rubber paint called PlastiDip. With no one to tell me otherwise, my little mind thought it would look rather tasty* on the right car.

A bit of Googling and I discovered that while the product has been around a while, there aren't many places in the UK that can PlastiDip a car, and like plastering a wall, spray painting a car is an expert job. And I also wondered how the coating would cope with a UK winter, stone chips, car parks and washing.

To cut a long story short, I decided to take one for the PH team and give it go.

On my own car.

...and after its beautifully hued PastiDip
...and after its beautifully hued PastiDip
The UK arm of PlastiDip put me in touch with JK Customs in Southampton who were happy to do the work. A few phone calls later and I managed to avoid matt black (that's soooo last season, darling), instead going for a newly available colour.


Matt purple.

The transformation is astonishing. (You're not wrong there. - Ed.) Whatever you think of the colour**, the PlastiDip has turned my Scooby into (for me at least) a new car. Gone are all those tiny scuffs and stone chips and I'm back to being nervous about where I park it. At £1,500 for a whole car it's not pocket money but it's cheaper than a traditional respray, plus it gets to places a wrap wouldn't.

Reaches the parts a wrap wouldn't
Reaches the parts a wrap wouldn't
JK Customs has done what I think is an expert job. They've also given me some advice on keeping it pristine, which mainly involves never letting fuel spill when filling up, and only ever using a sponge and wax-free soap to hand wash it.

I'll give it at least six months to see what it's like to live with and how it performs, then report back.

My only question for now is; what colour should I get my MX-5 done?

* Feel free to disagree with this statement
** I wait for the abuse

Thanks to www.jkcustoms.co.uk


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  • JamesL91 07 Jan 2015

    Did the same to my Scoob. Although Matte white.. not purple. Was a nightmare to keep clean (Worse than a normal white car, simply because it stained) and a stone perforated the plastic on the front bumper.

    When I came to take it off, it certainly didn't come off in one big sheet like they show in the videos (although this may have been the "professional" Plastidip installers fault) and it took large amounts of my paint work with it. In the end it cost me the same to get it done/put it all right and still have dodgy paint than it would have done just to respray the damn thing.

    Wouldn't touch it again with a barge pole.

  • Frimley111R 07 Jan 2015

    Shame the OP did it in purple because 80% of posts on this are about the colour and not the process/product. Also its clear there's a real education issue with this, people thinking it won't come off, it can be done with cans perfectly well, it would be cheaper/the same cost to paint/wrap, etc. Having watched lots of those YT vids I can't help but think that this will be huge one day.

  • Gandahar 16 Jul 2014

    Agent Orange said:
    MoBeanz said:
    The more you look at other examples

    the more you get the impression that the guys plasti dipping the OPs Subaru just did a poor job and it's not representative of the finish you can get.
    In the last 2 years the guys who did that other comparison in the USA have been perfecting their art.

    Check out this video, be prepared to be impressed what you can do with plasticine. ( and don't fast forward and miss the handiwork wink )



    Just like a TVR !

    Edited by Gandahar on Tuesday 15th July 18:56

  • TankRS 28 Mar 2013

    Anyone know which PH member the car belonged too? It doesn't show in the topic while on mobile site.

    I may be tempted to buy this car as its still up for sale.
    Not sure the wrap will hang around for long mind!

    Have a few questions I'd like to ask before deciding on the next move to take on it!


  • MrC986 04 Mar 2013

    As a £2k or thereabouts car for next winter, it doesn't look too bad IMO!? I'm not sure SWMBO would be impressed though yes

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