Diy plastic coating

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Diy plastic coating
The rubberised plastic coating on pliers can be achieved using tool dip. (pliers image by Jim Mills from

Tool dip allows you to create a custom rubberised plastic coating for hard objects and surfaces. Tool dip can be used for many projects, but it is most commonly used to build a layer of soft plastic coating onto tool handles, making them more comfortable to hold. It is sold in a variety of colours, including a customisable version where you can add drops of dye to achieve the desired colour. It is available at hardware stores.

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Things you need

  • Tool dip
  • Gloves
  • Respirator
  • Goggles
  • Stirring Stick

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    Put on safety goggles and gloves. Tool dip emits fumes and a strong chemical odour, so a respirator is recommended. You should work in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Tool dip can be messy, so you may want to protect your workspace.

  2. 2

    Open the can of tool dip, and stir with a stirring stick to ensure proper consistency.

  3. 3

    Dip object that you wish to coat directly into the can of tool dip. Take your time to avoid creating air bubbles. You should try to dip the tool 1 inch per every five seconds.

  4. 4

    Apply multiple coats of tool dip to achieve a thicker coating. Tie a string to the top end of your object, and hang it to dry. Avoid touching your object to the ground and creating a flat spot in the coating. You may recoat after 30 seconds.

  5. 5

    Leave your object to dry for at least four hours. Ideally allow your object to dry overnight before use. There may be a chemical smell to the coating for several days, but eventually this will dissipate.

Tips and warnings

  • Tool dip is also available in a spray version, for coating large surfaces.
  • Tool dip should be used outdoors to avoid breathing in fumes. Do not allow it to come in contact with skin or eyes.

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