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How to use plasti-dip

Updated February 21, 2017

Plasti Dip is a multipurpose synthetic rubber coating that can be used anywhere in the home, office or workshop. It is available in five colours (black, white, red, blue and yellow) and a clear formula. It can be sprayed, brushed or dipped, and the applications are endless. Use it only in well-ventillated areas.

The object being coated needs to be clean, dry, and free of grease and grime. For hand tools, place a wire or a string around the tool to allow the tool to be dipped into the Plasti Dip at a rate of one inch every five seconds. Remove the tool from the Plasti Dip at the same rate. Multiple coats can be applied; wait 30 minutes between coats.

Dipping allows you to colour code your tools. Plasti Dip also has insulative properties, so you are safer working around electricity when your tools are treated with Plasti Dip. For extra gripping power, add crystaline silica (pumice) to the treated surface.

To coat a well-used and abused surface, as on boat trailers and truck beds, be sure the surface is clean, dry, and free of grease and grime. Shake the aerosol can well. Hold the can 12 to 16 inches away from the surface needing treatment, and coat until the entire surface is evenly coated. One can covers 5 to 10 square feet.

For brushing applications, be sure the surface is clean, dry, and free of grease and grime. Dilute Plasti Dip with naptha, xylene, or toluene to make brushing easier. A high-quality natural bristle brush should be used to apply Plasti Dip. Do not brush the product back and forth as it will apply unevenly. Allow Plasti Dip to dry 30 minutes between coats and at least four hours before normal use.

Tip

Dilute Plasti Dip with naptha, xylene or toluene.

Things You'll Need

  • Plasti Dip
  • Wire or string
  • Paint brush
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Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.