Applying Plasti Dip by Brush

Plasti Dip setup

Plasti Dip Create Your Color

I am so excited because my Plasti Dip Create Your Color arrived at my local Ace Hardware.  It has been since 2005 since I last worked with plasti-dip.  Back then, there where only 5 colors available.  I played around and mixed and created colors but I needed several containers and it was messy.  It was fun and I got to mess around with colors and even applied a drip pattern which added grip and a “one of a kind” look to some screw drivers.

With this kit, I just have a large can of clear and I pour what I need into one container and add the tints required to achieve the color I want.  My first technique is going to be applying with a paint brush.  I do this because if I am only mixing one ounce of a color and I need to dip a nine inch handle, it is not practical to dip the tradional way.

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When mixing in the tint, start with the lightest color first.  Different colors of tint have different intensities.  For instance the yellow tint is easily overcome by the slightest amount of blue.  You do not necessarily get grass green from equal portions of blue and yellow.

IMAG0564 To apply by brush, you need to thin with 20% thinner to 80% Plasti-Dip.  Solvents that can be used are VM&P Naphtha, Toluene, And Xylene.  The temperature the day of the brushing was 63 degrees Fahrenheit so I chose Naphtha because it is the fastest evaporating of the three.  Dipping, especially after addition of solvents, is an endeavor best carried out in the outdoors.  The naphtha is also less toxic than the aromatic hydrocarbons xylene and toluene.  It does bear mentioning that the naphtha solvent smells like gasoline or lighter fluid, not necessarily my favorite smell.

The Verdict

If you want to dip with a limited quantity of dip, brushing is a good application method with minimal equipment.  There are some drawbacks to consider though.  You need to apply the dip in thick coats and if you hang your work pieces like I do, you need some newspaper to catch drippings.  Another point is the cleanup.  There will be a significant use of solvents to clean utensils .  To cut back on the thinner used is to use disposable containers.  That way, you only need to clean the brush.  Next time I will evaluate spray application.

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