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How Many Coats of Plasti Dip Do I Apply? Solved!

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Plasti Dip

If you’re working on a car or truck, or just working around the house, Plasti Dip can be a real game-changer. As an air-dry rubber coating, this dip is pretty user-friendly for even the most novice of handymen.

But there is one question that often confuses the handyman community: just how many coats of Plasti Dip do you need to apply?

We’ve done the research and consulted the experts to put together this brief guide. Keep reading to discover the answer!

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The Bare Minimum: 5 Coats

To begin with, we went right to the source: Plasti Dip! And the company recommends always putting on a minimum of 5 coats.

According to the company, 5 coats give solid performance while still making it easy for you to remove things. They simply recommend waiting at least four hours before coating it again, so be warned: putting on those 5 coats may take a big chunk out of one or two days, so clear your schedule!

Playing It Safe: 6+ Coats

One of the best things about Plasti Dip is that it has many different uses. And exactly how many coats you apply may vary, based on what you are using the dip for.

Automotive detailing companies often recommend a bit more than the minimum. For example, always recommends putting on a minimum of 6 wet coats. However, they acknowledge that every handyman has his own preferences for this dip, and there is no “wrong” way to go about it.

Other users may prefer to add 7+ coats when working with cars and trucks. The idea is that a minimum of 7 coats makes for a thicker coating that is both more durable and even easier to remove.

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Where to Start

Got some Plasti Dip and not sure how many coats to start with? We recommend starting with the company’s recommended 5 coats and seeing if you’re satisfied with the result.

You can always add extra coats, one at a time, if you really want to. And you’re the only one who can decide whether the project looks good or if it needs another coat of dip.

Featured Image Credit:Plastic dip (RudolfSimon, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

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