Plasti-Dip is a type of paint you can use on your Jeep Wrangler’s wheels to change their look to your liking.By Bassem Girgis – November 13, 2015
Contributors: How-to Wrangler
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).
When it comes to wheels, changing their looks usually requires replacing them, which can be a very costly task. If you’re like most Jeep Wrangler owners and you bought a Jeep with stock wheels, you change their colors and thus their entire look. Plasti-Dip offers a protective coat that goes on the rims easily. So, along with changing the looks of your wheels, you can actually protect them while you’re at it. With the Plasti-Dip cans average six dollars a piece, and you can touch it up easily by just buying a can or two. Since the Wrangler is designed for extreme off-roading, protecting the wheels can go a long way. Read on to learn how to paint your Wrangler’s wheels with Plasti-Dip.
- Jack and jack stands
- Tire iron
- Rim cleaner
- Cans of Plasti-Dip
Step 1 – Remove the wheels
Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels you will be removing, then raise the car and secure it on jack stands. Remove the wheels you will be painting.
You can paint the wheels without removing them, but it will require much more prep work. Avoid getting paint on other components by removing the wheels first.
Step 2 – Clean the wheels
Use your soap, water and rag to clean the wheels thoroughly and dry them properly. Make sure there is no dust or dirt on them. Anything left on it will be trapped under the paint and could cause an uneven application.
Figure 3. Wash and dry the wheels.
Step 3 – Paint the wheels
If you’ve decided to leave the wheels on the car, be sure to cover the brake components behind them and the lug nuts. If you removed the wheels, then you’re ready to start.
Hold the Plasti-Dip spray can about 6 to 8 inches away from the wheel, and once you start spraying, be sure to keep your hand consistently moving left and right. Cover the whole surface. At first, it may look messy, but as you go over it, it will start coming together and the paint will look consistent. Once you have a semi-consistent coat, wait 15 minutes then spray another coat. The goal is to do three coats for each wheel.
Step 4 – Re-install the wheels
After you’ve done three coats for each wheel, install the wheels back on. Hand tighten the lug nuts, then lower the car, finally tighten the lug nuts and enjoy your new, unique wheels.
Figure 6. A before (left) and after (right) shot of Plasti-dipped wheels.