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Silver Plasti Dipped Aeros project on Silver Model 3

plasmo

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Mar 12, 2016
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Chicago
Finished changing my black Aeros to Silver (Bright Aluminum) using Plasti dip!

I didn't like how the black Aeros looked on the Silver Model 3, so I decided to dip them and think it turned out much better than the originals.



Before:
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I didn't like the black Aeros, so I removed them and put on black lug nut covers:
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This was better, but I think the silver dipped Aeros looks much better:
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plasmo

Member
Mar 12, 2016
457
360
Chicago
The whole project cost about $52 to do.
I used 3 Black color dip cans to apply 6 coats each ($5.99/ea at local Home Depot)
and 3 Bright Aluminum Metalizer cans to apply 6 coats each ($11.30 at dipyourcar.com)

Took a total of about 3 days to do, but I spread it out over a week because I was waiting for the silver cans to arrive in the mail (none of my local shops had Bright aluminum color in stock).

Here are some pics of the progression:
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Masked center logo:
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First black coat (wet):
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After 6 black coats:
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First Bright Aluminum coat:
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After 6 Bright Aluminum coats:
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plasmo

Member
Mar 12, 2016
457
360
Chicago
Nice job! I've considered doing this exact project myself. Thanks for sharing how it looks!
thanks. It was enjoyable doing this myself, and now I want to plasti dip everything because it is so fun ;)
Once I get bored of this look, my next project will probably be to remove the Aeros and plasti dip the wheel spokes silver.
 
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Abstrakt1

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Aug 21, 2018
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Sandy
I will always prefer the Aeros off but I think the silver looks good with your car for when you need the extra aero range. Glad to see you went for it on the DIY.
 
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stedlj

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Jun 11, 2019
5
7
Wisconsin
I thought I would post my take on painting the Aero rims. I taped them with standard blue painting tape and applied 6 coats of Plasti-dip Silver (Bright Aluminum) and 2 coats of Plasti Dip Glossifier.
 

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KenC

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Nice, looks more space-shippy!
The whole project cost about $52 to do.
I used 3 Black color dip cans to apply 6 coats each ($5.99/ea at local Home Depot)
and 3 Bright Aluminum Metalizer cans to apply 6 coats each ($11.30 at dipyourcar.com)

Took a total of about 3 days to do, but I spread it out over a week because I was waiting for the silver cans to arrive in the mail (none of my local shops had Bright aluminum color in stock).

Here are some pics of the progression:
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Masked center logo:
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First black coat (wet):
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After 6 black coats:
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First Bright Aluminum coat:
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After 6 Bright Aluminum coats:
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Roys3

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Mar 3, 2017
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Harbor
Very nice. I was just wondering what a 2-tone wheel would look like! Did you consider the reverse color combo? Original dark spokes, with silver inserts, like Stedlj?
Worth a try for sure, might look nice.
I did considered it, but my trial and error process ended with the version you see.
I still like it today, after many months of looking at it.
 
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sneakypotato

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Aug 25, 2017
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Herriman, UT
Finished changing my black Aeros to Silver (Bright Aluminum) using Plasti dip!

I didn't like how the black Aeros looked on the Silver Model 3, so I decided to dip them and think it turned out much better than the originals.



Before:
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I didn't like the black Aeros, so I removed them and put on black lug nut covers:
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This was better, but I think the silver dipped Aeros looks much better:
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I have hated EVERY single aero mod that I've seen, with the exception of this one. Massive improvement!
 
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stedlj

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Jun 11, 2019
5
7
Wisconsin
How is the Plasti-dip holding up with everyday driving ?
It has been about 5 weeks since I plasti-dipped mine and they look the same as when I finished them. I will report back in a few months, I am really wondering about how they will handle the Wisconsin winter.
 

plasmo

Member
Mar 12, 2016
457
360
Chicago
It has been about 5 weeks since I plasti-dipped mine and they look the same as when I finished them. I will report back in a few months, I am really wondering about how they will handle the Wisconsin winter.
mine has held out since starting this thread almost a year ago... still looks the same, even through the brutal Chicago arctic freeze winter last year
 
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AlohaMD

New Member
Dec 20, 2019
4
0
Hawaii
Amazing job! Was looking to do or buy something like this. The aero caps look way too dark and similar to my MSM I got on 12/11!

Finished changing my black Aeros to Silver (Bright Aluminum) using Plasti dip!

I didn't like how the black Aeros looked on the Silver Model 3, so I decided to dip them and think it turned out much better than the originals.



Before:
View attachment 344786


I didn't like the black Aeros, so I removed them and put on black lug nut covers:
View attachment 344787



This was better, but I think the silver dipped Aeros looks much better:
View attachment 344788

View attachment 344791
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View attachment 344794
 

stedlj

Member
Jun 11, 2019
5
7
Wisconsin
It has now been through a Wisconsin winter and a number of washings including a few touchless automated carwashers. I can say they look the same as it did back in August. We had a mild winter but I put on a fair about of miles and it has held up well.
 

jkoya

NA2 NSX
Nov 21, 2018
3,626
1,569
Northern CA
It has now been through a Wisconsin winter and a number of washings including a few touchless automated carwashers. I can say they look the same as it did back in August. We had a mild winter but I put on a fair about of miles and it has held up well.

Great to hear they survived the winter and the car washes. I bought the Brass Monkey wheel kit for my Titan7 wheels, but I was waiting for the weather to warm up before I apply the Plastidip. Thanks for the update.
 

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