Plasti-dip stock wheels and other exterior mods

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by JJJetplane333, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. JJJetplane333

    JJJetplane333 New Member

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    I forgot to take before pictures, but you guys know what a Prius looks like:LOL::LOL:
    First I visited Home Depot and Advanced Auto Parts and picked up a few things.


    -(4) Knock out Seals (in the electrical aisle)
    (I went with 2 inch other people have done 1.5 inch...just a matter of preference)

    -3 cans of White Plasti-Dip

    -1 Can of Plasti-Dip Black

    -1 Can of Plasti-Dip Clea Gloss

    -1 Can of Blue Heat Resistant Engine Paint (Dupli-Color)

    - Blue Valve Stem Caps

    -Masking Tape


    First I removed the flying saucers from hidden alloys and clean the wheels with a powerful degreaser.
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    Dipping the Center-caps (after a little modification on the back tabs)
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    Make sure you tape everything up well, prep work is 95% the work
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    After removing tape and peeping off the excess dip... I recommend using a toothpick to get excess dip off (this was the especially useful on the side "hybrid" badges

    (Notice I also blackened the plastic trim near the foglight)
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    Now on to the wheels, At first I masked everything and did the initial coats on the car.... I later decided to paint my calipers blue so I ended up doing the third and fourth coats of white and the gloss with wheels off the car.

    I tried mask the tires when I was spraying the final coats, but the tape wouldn't stick and tire shine was the culprit. What I learned from this was that overspray dip comes off tires sooooo stupidly easily if the tires have just regular old tire shine on them. If I am ever going to dip wheels again I will certainly use this hack!!!

    When I sprayed the calipers blue I also hit the lugnuts and my already plasti-diped DIY center caps.

    The Results:

    Notice behind the front wheel, Where the bottom white plastic skirt is joined to the inside wheel well it would have typically been car body colored. I thought this took away from the "-POP-", so I masked that off and dipped as well. I think it is a much cleaner look.
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    Well they are certainly white
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    :cool::cool::cool::cool:
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    So yeah, that's it for right now... tint next.
     

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  2. Starbrand

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    reminds me of my old mods! great work (y) and props to being from Delaware!
     
  3. JJJetplane333

    JJJetplane333 New Member

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    First off your Prius is dope. You have done soooo much to it and it looks incredible!!!
    What are your thoughts, I really want to de-badge the car. Unfortunately all of the research I have done says that 2011 models have holes under ever badge:mad: and I don't know if I want to take that on. How do you think it would look is only the side "Hybrid" badges were painted in the same blue as the makeshift center caps vs the black plastic-dip ? My coal is zero "chrome".;);)
    whatchya think?

    ....And nobody has ever congratulated me from being from Delaware before -:LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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    used to live in princeton, nj and would visit delaware to raft and camp a lot. would be my alternate other than the pocanos :ROFLMAO: and no tax on tech! would go there to buy my first laptop back in the day!

    as for the dreaded holes we have... few yrs ago, I just found these stick-on decals to put on top:
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    then for the rear hatch decals, I did a CF wrap:
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    the side ones faded and bubbled after 2 years and I replaced with this silver/red sticker decal. and is lasting pretty well. and the back hatch CF vinyl is still holding strong after 4 yrs!
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    i'll give you a heads up if im ever in your neck of the woods. sisters in baltimore, so whenever im going from nj to her, i'll let ya know! just glad to have another east coast modder here in PriusChat :D we are needles in a hay stack here
     
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    This is one of the unique custom badass prius in the US. What is the dimension of the led strip in the headlights? That is my next project; led strip sequential turn signals.
     
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    ty sir for the kind words! here's the link to the exact ones I purchased. http://a.co/3APgTDX
    I'll PM you more details on how it went. I dont wanna distract from main topic of this thread (y)
     
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    Love the white wheels on the white car....now you're making me want to dip mine white...

    I've dipped wheels white before, they can be a real pain to clean up after a while. I'd recommend cleaning them up as much as you can and hitting them at least with some spray wax, and make sure you stay up on your cleaning or after a while they'll start collecting dirt.

    Simple Green is a great cleaner, and on plastidip it seems to slightly melt the dip with some rubbing, allowing you to take off a small amount to get to the clean white below it. The other option is to just spray another coat!

    With the wheels I dipped white, two and a half years later we decided to go with a new color and they peeled right off, zero issues whatsoever.
     
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