Want your car dipped? Not got space or time so you need to get someone to do it for you. Then read all below
- Make sure they are insured (ask to see certificate if needbe)
- See some previous work of THEIRS
- Is their own car dipped even? (no confidence in their own ability if not)
- Who is their supplier? Genuine dip or copy?
- Check with supplier if you want. If genuine, they will be happy to comply
use less and many people out there offering to do your car for £3/400 are not
doing it properly. As in any walks of life, there are always people willing to
cut corners and get away with whatever they think they can. But it is YOU who
will suffer in the long run. How do they do it so cheap?
are probably putting the bare minimum on, 3 coats, using hardly any
material. This is ok for black / gunmetal etc as they cover very well.
But it will not be strong at all. It will scratch VERY easily, damage very
easily and most importantly when it comes to peeling, it will come off in tiny
pieces as it is not strong enough. Therefore will take days to remove instead
of a couple of hours.
are probably not even using genuine plastidip - some poor Chinese (pretend made in UK) knock off or
home made mash up. Some of these are REALLY bad for your car. The worst ones
are the guys using clear dip and filling it with car paint. Yes, some actually
do this! It means it has great coverage and you can use hardly any product.
They do this for other colours than black or gunmetal due to coverage issues
for lighter colours. But, there's always a BUT. Once cured it behaves exactly
like car paint funnily enough. And becomes permanent. I have people turning up
every week who have fallen for this, some have to bare metal sand there car to
remove it. Then get it resprayed. But hey, they saved £100 getting their car
dipped :) .......
thinners. Guys using cheap thinners, 2k cellulose, even 'good quality'
cellulose. It dries too fast and leaves a horrible texture, sometimes as bad as
sandpaper texture! You can generally tell the guys using this as they say drop
the car in and pick up later in the day. Genuine stuff needs overnight to dry.
Fourth. A lot
of these guys are not insured to even be in your car, let alone move it. YOUR
car is not covered to be worked on. If where they do it burns down, you have
lost your car. If they damage it, it is not covered. Check to see at least a
traders policy minimum before you let them loose. They generally also do not
pay TAX or are not a proper business.
will find a way to extract money from you. They will get as much as they can
and use as little materials as they can. Simple economics. On average look to
spend £150-£300 on materials for an average size car. That's everything though,
tape, masking, razors, pre dip, dip protect, dip. Everything.
get someone to do it, ask yourself, bearing in mind materials are £300 and they
are asking £350 to do your car, would you work for two days for £50? You then
need to take a portion of that off for TAX, rent, insurances etc..
A customer actually paid someone to do this to their car!
If you are willing to save a few £ after reading all that, then expect
there to be problems. It is totally your decision though. We only use proper
dip, proper equipment and that's all there is to add really. The end choice is
yours, but as I have learned over the years, buy cheap, buy twice.
There are companies popping
up all over offering alternatives. We try EVERYTHING that comes out. We have NO
ties to PlastiDip, in fact plastidip UK are trying to shut us down Speak to
Gary if you do not believe us, they will also tell you we are illegal etc..
blah blah... It’s not. Plastidip UK sell ONLY the EU dip. If we find an
alternative that is any good, we'll sell it. We haven't. So until then we will
let all the other cowboys sell that rubbish. We would make vids comparing but
its a bit unprofessional. So for now take our advice, save your money on that
crap and let us do the testing. The best dip by far (after lots of testing) is
genuine USA rubber dip spray. Second is genuine USA dip, third is a new one we
are testing which has proved to be excellent for once, fourth is the EU
plastidip. See the REACH page for
reason behind EU dip. Put it this way, we ONLY use USA Rubberdip Spray and USA
dip on our own cars. Any vids of photos of our cars or our customer cars are
USA dip, NOT EU dip. Although this new one we are testing is looking good for once and we may move over to
We are going to try to start up a Dip Network in the UK. A selection of trusted professionals around the country YOU can TRUST