When it comes to cosmetic changes to motorcycles, the possibilities are endless, but the funds? Not so much. That being said, there’s some Supa-Cali-PlasiDippin-Extra-Hella-Dopeness shit you can do to makeover your bike on the cheap. And when I say cheap I’m not all “oh for a measly $299,” I actually mean under $20 cheap.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Plasti Dip vs. Paint
You can paint shit, or you can Plasti Dip shit. In Eminem’s song “So bad” he actually compares himself to Plasti Dip when he raps “I’m the bee’s knees, his legs and his arms.” That’s how good Plasti Dip is.
As you can tell, I’m a fan of this substance. However, when it comes to bike projects, paint is better for some, while Plasti is better for others. The main difference is right there in the name — Plasti Dip is a plastic-like substance.
Plasti takes little to no prep work (as you’ll find out below) and it’s completely removable. Thinking about painting your wheels some atrocious color you’ll probably regret later? USE PLASTI! When you regret your decision, instead of hating your life, you can just peel that shit right off. IT’S DOPE.
The other thing I really like about using Plasti Dip over paint is that when you get knicks from rock and other debris, you can easily touch it up. Paint will chip and give you a headache, but with Plasti you just respray the area a few times and it looks as good as new!
Plasti Dip isn’t suitable for every job, sometimes paint really is the better option. For example, you wouldn’t use Plasti Dip on your belt sprocket (it would get all messed up on the belt), this is an item you’d like to paint. However, Plasti is great for painting your wheels and your lower forks.
Step 1: Take the part off the bike. For the wheels, put a layer of tape around the tire and the rim. The goal here is to avoid getting Plasti Dip on the tire.
Step 2: Clean the part. Recently I used Plasti Dip on my wheels and made the mistake of not cleaning it thoroughly enough. Basically, I’m lazy. But grab that wire wheel and get it at. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but you do need to get all the road grime off. If not, the Plasti will peel and look weird AF in those spots. So do the work, clean the part.
Step 3: SPRAY. Basically, works like paint, just spray the part. Try not to lay it on too thick. You can do as many coats as you want, so take your time spraying.
Step 4: Let it dry. Set up a fan to help the process or spray outside and let the sun do the work.
Step 5: Repeat — spray, dry, spray, dry — until you feel good about the end result.
Step 6: Cut around the rim to make the tape easy to remove without ripping off the Plasti Dip.
Step 7: Put the part back on the bike.
If the Plasti gets a little messed up going back on, don’t worry. You can always touch up spots once reassembled.
Have you used Plasti Dip before? We want to hear about the project. What part of your bike did you Plasti? Let us know in a comment below.