5 Myths about PlastiDip: Why Vinyl Wraps are Better

Easy steps to create a color palette

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What is a color palette?

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Why defining interior color schemes is so important

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Why defining interior color schemes is so important

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What is your favorite color palette?

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Dipping cars, or covering them with a spray-on coat that can later peel off like a sheet of rubber, has been received with a lot of excitement by the car community. Even so, we debunk five myths about Plasti-Dip. Team Acme can explain why vinyl wraps are better.

Some people feel that dipped cars can elbow vinyl vehicle wraps out of the game. We wanted to list a few of the major myths about vehicle dipping. We hope this information will help you make a better and more educated decision as to how to best decorate and protect the hull of your vehicle.

What Is A Vinyl Wrap

As the name suggests, a vinyl vehicle wrap is a vinyl cover that shrinks over the existing body of a car. You can give it a different finish, such as a nice glossy sheen. Over time, some people have requested clear protective layers, though it’s far more popular to use one of these wraps to completely change the color of a car without touching it’s underlying paint scheme.

If the wrap were to ever become pitted from road debris, then it could simply be removed. You won’t have to repaint the vehicle to deal with this, so it could be considered to have a protective attribute as well. Creative individuals even rely on it as a way to add advertising content to the outside of their cars or trucks.

What Is Plasti Dip

Plasti dip

Plasti Dip is a proprietary blend of thermoplastic rubbers that also contains a number of other chemicals. Some reports state that it contains a series of plasticizers and solvents as well as toluene and heptane along with some antioxidants. It’s long been promoted as a way to protect metal and fiberglass surfaces from rust and other maladies.

Automotive enthusiasts have, at times, used it to temporarily change the car of a vehicle because it’s fundamentally close to the material that’s used to do vinyl vehicle wraps, at least in terms of chemistry. When it’s dried, it becomes a flexible material that protects the paint underneath.

Vinyl Wrap Vs. PlastiDip

Car club newsletter reporters have been covering this debate since it first began, and it’s gotten pretty heated. Proponents of PlastiDip point out that it can be sprayed on wheels and rims to provide a rubberized finish, which is probably its biggest advantage over vinyl wraps. This rubberized finish will protect the wheels.

However, when sprayed all over the exterior shell of a car, it can create an unusual two-toned look and also make the outside of the car feel somewhat tacky and odd to the touch. Granted, you probably shouldn’t be putting your hands on a detailed car anyway, but the texture does come off as strange. Over time, this heated debate has allowed quite a bit of misinformation to enter the automotive press.

PlastiDip Myths

Myth No. 1: PlastiDip Is Easy To Apply

‘Easy’ is such a relative term. It all depends on how much experience you have with applying a coat to a car in the first place. Scroll through some user reviews, and it won’t take long to discover people who wound up with cracking paint or results that left them generally unhappy.

Myth No. 2: Vinyl Wraps Are Dead Because Of PlastiDip

This one could not be further from the truth and Team Acme knows that first hand. We’ve helped innumerable vehicle owners glove their cars in gorgeous vinyl vehicle wraps for over ten years, and we don’t see any end in sight.

Myth No. 3: You Can Do Anything With A PlastiDip Coat

There’s a lot you can do, but let’s be honest, your capacity for detail is limited. Depending on the level of decoration and detail you want on your car, your options for what goes on there are limited to what you can spray, and the range of dip colors available.

Myth No. 4: PlastiDip Can Withstand Anything

It all depends on what your car is and where you drive it. Your dip isn’t going to remain intact in rough conditions, and on long road trips. Ask yourself what the vehicle is for when deciding how to coat it.

Myth No. 5: PlastiDip Looks Just Like A Real Paint Job

This one isn’t the case. Upon close inspection, most people will be able to see the difference, and you will too when you see an example of a comparison between plasti dip and vinyl. If you’re cool with that, then no problem, but you should be clear about what expectations are realistic when dipping your car.

Which Is Better?

When it comes to protecting rims and wheel accouterments, there’s no doubt that PlastiDip can do a great job if sprayed on properly. This is actually fairly close to its original intended use. It can help to protect parts of your vehicle from ice and road debris, though this might not be too much of an issue if you don’t often leave the greater Las Vegas area.

As far as covering the actual bodywork, however, you’re much better off having a professional vinyl vehicle wrap installed. It’s going to look and feel much better, plus you can have it colored however you’d like. This also dramatically reduces the risk of something going wrong. Since many PlastiDip jobs are done at home in a garage, they have a tendency to go awry at times.

A Word On Why Team Acme, Inc. Loves Vinyl Vehicle Wraps:

Vinyl vehicle wraps remain one of the best ways to give your ride a fresh, durable, and decorative new look while protecting the original paint job. These coatings will outlast any dip by years, and do a better job of handling rough conditions. We are the experts who have experience in using both vinyl wraps and PlastiDip. That is why we are the ones who are supposed to tell you which material is better for a specific operation.

Choose A Vinyl Wrap Over A Top Coat With Team Acme

Here at Team Acme, we stand by our over-a-decade-long tradition of providing the best, highest quality vinyl wraps for cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, buses, and any other type of vehicle. When you need protection from extreme temperatures and high-quality graphic design, we have your back.

Team Acme is passionate about offering the best service for custom vinyl vehicle wraps we possibly can. Our dedicated professionals can help you get a quote on a vinyl vehicle wrap online. You can also contact us to schedule a time to bring your car in for an appointment.