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Old 11-26-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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Making Your Own Black Lug Nuts

After trying and failing at painting my lug nuts black, the paint fumes must have gone to my head because the thought crossed my mind to try PlastiDip. It turned out to be a quick, easy, cheap, and surprisingly durable method of making your own black lug nuts.

To do this, I used the true dip version of Plastidip. I'm sure you could use the spray on version but I found it easier and less wasteful to use the dip. The only thing that needs to be done before dipping is cleaning the lug nuts (I also lightly sanded them but it may not be necessary). Then it's simply dip and let dry. I tried letting it cure both over night along with the manufactures recommended dry time but didn't notice any major improvement. Four hours seems to be plenty of time between dipping and reinstalling.

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The reason why PlastiDip seems to work so well is because it is rubbery and flexes. While paint simply cracks and chips when hit or rubbed, the PlastiDip flexes and never rubs off when tightening with a lug wrench. I tested the durability of a dipped lug by rubbing it on a rough cement floor and all it did was tear a little and then snap back into place. However, there are some downsides to using PlastiDip. Those who have used PlastiDip before know that it is a very flat black. The lug nuts will never look glossy black chrome like the ones you can buy plus you always have to be a little careful when installing them so the dip doesn't peel off. Nonetheless, for me, you cant argue against the cost and ease of dipping your own lug nuts black.

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Old 11-26-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info and technique. It reminds me of going to the junk yard looking for Chevy station wagon Rims, reversing them, sanding and painting them with black epoxy, then using a half moon sliver hubcaps that would just cover the lug nuts. Did they look good, you bet they did!

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Interesting. I may try this at some point.
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I just sprayed my car with Plasti-dip. I think I am going to buy more, most likely different colors, to do some other stuff.
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I got mine from Ace. The store I went to only had the dip but others should sell the spray too.
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Wait a second you can paint the whole car with plastidip too?!?!?!?
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You can "paint" pretty much anything with PlastiDip. Go to Youtube, there are hundreds of videos on its application.

@ the OP, looks damn good, and nice to know it's durable enough to take that torquing. Bye bye cheap ass ricer lugs, hello Plasti Dipped OEM. "OEM+"? I think so!
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You can "paint" pretty much anything with PlastiDip.
^^ This.

Here's more stuff people have done with PlastiDip: Fun with PlastiDip!
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