DIY: Plasti-Dip

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Plasti-Dip is a do-it-yourself synthetic rubber coating that provides a layer of protection for household items. Dipping an item in Plasti-Dip imparts a thin layer of rubber that, according to the Plasti-Dip website, "...resists moisture, acid, abrasion and corrosion." Plasti-Dip is available in five colors blue, yellow, red, black and white, as well as a clear solution. They also offer a Create Your Color Kit that lets you develop a custom color using clear Plasti-Dip and 5 specially formulated tints.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Paper towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Plasti-Dip
  • String or wire
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Clean the surface of the item thoroughly with soap and hot water. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Dampen another paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the surface of the item once more to remove any residue or oil.

  • Mix the Plasti-Dip with a paint stirrer. Dip the object into Plasti-Dip slowly, submerging it at a rate of about 1 inch every few seconds. Pull it back out of the plastic dip at the same rate to ensure even coverage. Allow excess to drip off into the Plasti-Dip can before moving it.

  • Hang the item on a string or wire to allow Plasti-Dip to set. Let it dry for 30 minutes, then apply a second coat. Repeat for 3 to 5 coats depending on how thick you want the coverage to be. If the item is too big to fit in Plasti-Dip can, pour into a large bowl and dip. Alternatively, you can hang the item first then brush on Plasti-Dip with a paintbrush or use the Plasti-Dip spray. Apply the Plasti-Dip to the item layer by layer, just as you would if you were dipping it.

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  • Let Plasti-Dip dry for at least 24 hours before handling it. Plasti-Dip should completely cure within a week, depending on air flow around the item and humidity.

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