How Many Cans of Plastidip for A Car?
Every vehicle will require a specific amount of Plastidip and this amount varies depending on the size of your vehicle, its current color and the color you would like to dip it. Moreover, Plastidip is not like paint where you spray until the color changes, you NEED thick peel-able layers. You also NEED an even layer to avoid any sort of thick texture.
If properly applied, Plastidip can easily last 3+ years or longer without having to be retouched. It is a very durable and resilient product. The spray technique when applying, as well as the amount of coats applied will heavily determine the longevity of the product. After three years, or during the three years if desired, a new refresher coat can be easily applied.
Plastidip is extremely resistant to the elements, including sun exposure, winter ice, cold, salt etc. A lot of customers actually dip their wheels and cars specifically to protect the original surfaces from the winter season. So if you’re in a country that has really cold winters, you might want to consider plastidipping for protection rather than for fancying your car. Please keep in mind however that Fluorescent and Blaze products are subject to fading after prolonged UV exposure. This only happens with these two items due to the fluorescent pigments utilized.
When considering dipping new or newly repainted cars, test your paint before any Plastidip application. Apply the product to a small inconspicuous area and remove the plastidip after it's dried to ensure the new paint is cured enough to withstand the application and removal process. Testing is always suggested before dipping a repainted or repaired car.
Gunmetal Grey base coats are recommended for white and light colored vehicles (unless you're Dipping the car White). Gunmetal Grey can also improve the coverage of Yellow, Red, and in general can help extreme color transitions (a darker paint to a light Dip or light paint to a dark Dip).
On top, a minimum of 6+ coats are recommended, not only for durability, but to make sure it peels off in large pieces when you are ready for removal. For the maximum level of gloss, a minimum of 3 finishing coats are recommended over an existing Plastidip base.
On an average, a coupe takes 3 gallons, a sedan takes 4 gallons, a small SUV takes 5 gallons, and a large SUV takes 6 gallons. 11.5 cans make 1 gallon of the dip so you will require 35, 46, 57 and 69 cans respectively.