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Thread: What did you do for your ZHP/ BMW / MINI today? #2

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Why not paint? PlastiDip looks like total crap if it starts to peel, not to mention how hard it is to remove once that happens.
    Yeah, and companies like Krylon are making plastic-specific sprays that should really adhere well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Why not paint? PlastiDip looks like total crap if it starts to peel, not to mention how hard it is to remove once that happens.
    It's a very high-chip area, so Plasti dip has its merits. I painted mine, but I'm guessing it will be chipped all to hell long before Spenser's Plasti dip starts peeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    It's a very high-chip area, so Plasti dip has its merits. I painted mine, but I'm guessing it will be chipped all to hell long before Spenser's Plasti dip starts peeling.

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    It being a high-chip area is exactly why I'd use paint on plastic. Since you'll be re-doing it often due to the rock chips, with paint you at least won't have to go peeling off what's already there before you lay down another coat.

    I tried PlastiDip on my front bumper trim a while back. I laid it on very thick, as you're supposed to. It was all peeling and chipped up within months and it looked horrendous. When rocks or other debris hits it, the debris penetrates the layer and it starts to peel. With paint, at least you can just spray right over it and call it a day.
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    What did you do for your ZHP/ BMW / MINI today? #2

    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    It being a high-chip area is exactly why I'd use paint on plastic. Since you'll be re-doing it often due to the rock chips, with paint you at least won't have to go peeling off what's already there before you lay down another coat.

    I tried PlastiDip on my front bumper trim a while back. I laid it on very thick, as you're supposed to. It was all peeling and chipped up within months and it looked horrendous. When rocks or other debris hits it, the debris penetrates the layer and it starts to peel. With paint, at least you can just spray right over it and call it a day.
    Quality of results definitely depends on the surface. Because that lower mesh isn't something people look at (other than color) I wouldn't bother peeling before reapplying--considering how anal I am, that's saying something.

    This is the grille on my E83. I've not given this car any love since getting the ZHP, and I'd say that dip is at least 18 months old. Given the X3 slats are about 2" wide, I consider it a pretty high-chip area. Not trying to be argumentative, just saying decent results are achievable.

    Edit: that's bug splatter on the middle slat, not something wrong with the PD.
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    Perhaps your location has something to do with that.
    I would imagine we have much higher traffic volume, and definitely have a shit ton of salt on the roads at almost all times during the winter. Perhaps that is what was contributing to my sub-optimal results?
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Perhaps your location has something to do with that.
    I would imagine we have much higher traffic volume, and definitely have a shit ton of salt on the roads at almost all times during the winter. Perhaps that is what was contributing to my sub-optimal results?
    Perhaps! I'm wondering if the texture of the trim has something to do with it? I have no basis for such a claim, but it's a thought. Too many untested variables!
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

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    Washed, scheduled an appointment for Llumar CTX40 to be installed, and (fingers crossed) will get some of the backseat put back in the car tonight.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

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    What did you do for your ZHP/ BMW / MINI today? #2

    Replaced the lower grille (t parts).




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    Finished putting the ESS TS2 on today and painted lower mesh grill while I had the bumper off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian View Post
    Finished putting the ESS TS2 on today and painted lower mesh grill while I had the bumper off.
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