So I picked up another FD about 2 months ago and I am trying to build it into a reliable daily driver with about 350 hp mostly stock, but with reliability upgrades. In order to keep my costs down and also to keep me from caring too much about the paint job and door dings at the parking garages, I decided to try plasti dipping the car. This is inspired from DipYourCar.com and will allow me to change the color of my daily driver FD every few months should I choose. The paint costs about $180 to paint the entire car, the only caveat is that it has to be a matte finish, though they do sell glosifier products, they don’t look as good to me plus I like the matte look.
Here’s the process of me dipping my car in an electric blue color, I still have to finish 1 final thick coat but ran out of paint. I am going to make the final coat electric blue mixed with matte black so it brings the color down a notch, I am trying to model the color after this color done by dipyourcar.com:
Here’s the car before hand, notice all of the different color pieces and the fiberglass that is unprimed. I wanted to see how far this plasti dip goes in covering up your mistakes and it really goes a long way! I have to fix a few spots but overall this stuff is GREAT at hiding issues.
I setup a make shift paint booth in my driveway and cleaned the car with the PlastiDip PreDip cleaner spray, as found here. I was spraying at night, which I don’t recommend but I had a really bright light, here’s the car after the second coat, I was spraying light coats to avoid bubbles:
Here’s the car after the third coat:
Here’s the car after coat #4:
Here’s the car after the 5th coat, I still need to do 1-2 more coats after I use their Fix Kit and repair a couple of problem areas. The final color will be a bit less bright and will be more like the Audi S4 showcased above: