We often get asked this. The answer? Not that simple I'm afraid!
Small bit of background
We try EVERY dip that comes to the market. Some send us samples on request, some sell us some, some refuse, so we have to buy through a third party (wonder why they refuse to send / sell us some eh!?)
So, if you have heard of a dip, we've tried it and sprayed it.
Few missconceptions cleared up here;
We are absolutely nothing, zero to do with plastidip.co.uk, we buy nothing from them. In fact they hate us so much they were trying to close us down for years. They are NOT PLASTI DIP, they just called themselves that, and have that domain name, there are NO official PLAST DIP outlets, only official resellers. We are an official reseller.
We are also absolutely nothing, zero to do with DYC. We buy AFX from them, that's all. DYC do exactly what we do, buy from PLASTI DIP® USA (Performix) and resell. PlastiDip is NOT a product made by DYC.
What's our testing process?
We get the same panel everytime. We clean it using the same products, we then apply using the 'manufaturers' recommended guidelines. We assess how smooth it is, what it looks like, drying time, ease of use. We then put the panel on our roof for a month. After its seen all weathers, we get it down and assess its peelability, its strength and colour to see if it faded.
If we are happy with that (most fail by now) then we spray our car and drive around for a month or so. We also spray another panel and throw on the roof again, this time for longer term testing and weathering. After a month / 6 weeks or so we peel the car. After 6 months or more we peel the panel.
If we are happy with the results, we then work with the manufacturer / distributor to start to supply you the product.
So, as a rule, if we are happy enough to put / use on our own cars, we are happy to sell it. If it fails our tests, or we are not happy with with ANY part of the process, then we will NOT use or sell it. A product can fail for many reasons. Some reasons here;
- Hard to spray
- Poor coverage
- Poor strength
- Poor durability
- Poor product
- Poor peelability
- Fades badly
- Needs specialist equipment
- Too expensive
- Needs too much material
- Manufacturer / reseller are difficult to work with / rude / greedy
If we don't sell / use the product, it is because it has failed on one or more reasons or an entirely different reason to above. We will not go into it further. We are not here to trash talk products or people. We will leave that to the other childish 'manufacturers' / 'distributors' / 'sellers'. We don't claim to be a manufacturer, in reality a lot of 'manufacturers' simply import, change labels / packaging and resell. We simply resell, don't relabel and pretend its 'ours'.
So, in summary, which is better?
As we said, hard to say. Both FullDip and PlastDip® have their PRO's and CONS. We love them both and hard pushed to decide. We cannot give you a definitive answer. It is purely personal taste and preference. They are fully interchangeable though and can be used over each other with no issues so far. So you can use a FullDip primer base colour and then PLASTI DIP® colours on top and vice versa. Same with Elastiwrap. The PRO FullDip topcoats work fine over PlastiDip (but you need to add more material to ensure proper peelability). They are designed to go over FullDip for best results. They will work over PLASTI DIP®, but we do not recommend. We personally use FullDip on our cars and our customer dips. We still use PlastiDip as well, but mostly FullDip. Thats not an endorsement or us saying its better. We just love the way it works for us, and prefer it.