Glass-ti Dip: Create Inexpensive Frosted Glass with Plasti Dip

We all need a little privacy now and then, and the best place to enjoy your privacy is (usually) in the comfort of your own home. But, houses, apartments, and condos all tend to have big sections of the walls that you can just see right through!* Like everything of real value, privacy requires a little work.

Frosted glass—sometimes called privacy glass—is an excellent solution. It still lets in sunlight, but obscures the view of any lookie-loos who might try to peek into your domicile. You could replace all your windows with privacy glass, but that can be a pricey undertaking. Regular glass, especially in window sizes, is expensive enough; fancy “specialty” glass styles cost even more.

Frosted Glass Window

Instead, just pick up a can of clear aerosol Plasti Dip and spray your windows.** Three or four coats is all you’ll need to turn your glass into DIY privacy glass. White Plasti Dip can also be used for increased opacity. It’s considerably less expensive than replacement windows, and a heck of a lot quicker and easier, as this YouTube video shows. You can tape off sections, too, if you’d prefer to “frost” just the bottom half of a window (for example).

Or, if you want frosted glass for aesthetic rather than functional purposes, you can do all kinds of fun stuff. Make a checkerboard pattern of frosted and unfrosted squares; or concentric rectangles alternating frosted/unfrosted; or a “border” of frosted glass with an untouched center section. Anything you can block off with painter’s tape and newspaper is within the realm of possibility.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to windows. Maybe the glass door of your shower could use a little special attention, or maybe you’ve got a big—but boring—mirror in the guest bedroom that could be given new life with some artistic Plasti Dip frostifying. Put on your creative cap and go crazy!

An added bonus with Plasti Dip-frosted windows is peelability. If you decide you don’t want your windows frosted anymore, just peel the Plasti Dip off and your windows will be good as new. Good luck de-frosting factory-made frosted glass! It should be noted that more coats of Plasti Dip will allow for easier peeling—maybe the opposite of what you’d expect, but true.

When Dipping your windows, it’s preferable to spray the outside of the glass, if possible. (Aerosol Plasti Dip has a pretty potent smell until it’s dried.) If you must spray the inside instead, please be sure to open other windows for ventilation.

Any of you Dip Heads have a frosted glass project you’d like to share? Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook—we want to hear all about it!

Easy to apply and remove (if necessary), inexpensive, and equal parts functional and stylish, frosting glass with Plasti Dip will give your windows a nifty new look and give you a little more privacy. Nobody on the outside will know that you’re not wearing pants!

* Some folks call those “windows.”
** More cans may be required depending on the number of windows to be frosted.

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True Tales of Plasti Dip: It’s Only Plasti Dip (But I Like It)

Like Lennon & McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, Jagger & Richards, and Hall & Oates before them, Plasti Dip and rock n’ roll music come together perfectly. What’s that? You don’t quite follow my logic on that one? Well, carry on my wayward son.*

We recently received the photos below from Steve, an avid Plasti Dip fan and garage rock aficionado. After looking at them, we needed a ticket for an aeroplane, had no time to take a fast train, because Steve, he wrote us a letter.**

“My wife’s out garage sale-ing and she calls and says there’s this Marshall thing at a sale for $20.00 and wants to know if she should buy it. I let her know if it says Marshall on it, the answer is always ‘Yes.’ She comes home and it’s a 4×12 Marshall cabinet—it’s seriously beat up and dirty, but I connect it to my amp and it sounds amazing!

Speaker Cabinet Before Plasti Dip

“Don’t know how to upholster, so I cut the fabric off the bottom of the cabinet, and glue and patch the holes and clean up all the torn and scraped up areas. Then I sprayed the whole cabinet with a few coats of Plasti Dip. How sweet is this?!”

Plasti Dipped Speaker Cabinet
First: “If it says Marshall on it, the answer is always ‘Yes’” is a great rule to live by, Steve. Second: Brilliant fix-it idea, and exceptionally well-executed. It looks brand new!

Of course, speaker cabinet repairs aren’t the only rock n’ roll application for Plasti Dip. Consider:

  • Give your guitar, bass, or drums a new, but easily removable, look
  • Coat the base of microphone stands to prevent scuffing on hard floors
  • Repair damaged rubber feet on drum and cymbal stands
  • Create removable bass drum head designs
  • Use any of the many colors of Plasti Dip (or the Create Your Color Kit) to color-code  amp cables so you can see at a glance which plugs go where
  • Use a light coat to repair ripped speaker cones
  • Though it’s not Plasti Dip, Performix Brand Liquid Tape can be used to repair damaged power or amp cables with exposed wiring

One final idea for true rock n’ roll diehards: 1) Get the whole band together and coat all your gear with Plasti Dip and Gold Metalizer. 2) Learn “Stairway to Heaven.” 3) Really put some juice into the “all that glitters is gold” line. 4) Clear a space on the mantle for some Grammys.

Rock music is known for its often-DIY style; Plasti Dip is the world’s greatest DIY tool. No doubt some of the more musically-inclined Plasti Dip fans out there have put the two together and have a cool project or two to share. Let us now via Twitter and Facebook—maybe I’m amazed by how crafty Dip Heads can be, but more likely you guys are just that dang good.

Until next time, keep on Dippin’ in the free world!

* Carry on with the reading, that is.
** Actually an email.

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Retro Kitsch-en Crafts with Plasti Dip

Summer is upon us, and with it, camping season. Way back when, we talked about using Plasti Dip and other Performix products for assorted camper repairs. But what about camper accoutrements? Or, more specifically, crafts for your camper’s kitchen? Cathe Holden of JustSomethingIMade.com created two brilliant, retro-styled, Plasti Dip craft ideas that are great for any kitchen—in a camper or elsewhere!

It seems Holden’s family recently purchased a shipshape 1972 travel trailer, complete with all-original faux-wood paneled walls, avocado green upholstery, and harvest gold appliances. Rather than redo the interior, Holden smartly decided to roll with the ‘70s vibe and turn the kitsch up to 11.

Custom Kitschy Utensil Handles made with Plasti Dip

image courtesy of Cathe Holden
justsomethingimade.com

First, she created paint-by-numbers bamboo kitchen utensils featuring tranquil nature scenes (perfect for camping in the great outdoors). Cut out strips of color copies of Holden’s favorite Paint by Number images were laminated onto the utensils’ handles with Mod Podge. Then, she dipped the handles in clear Plasti Dip to seal out moisture. After two coats and ample drying time, they look fantastic!

For her second kitschy camper kitchen craft, Holden created a set of “embossed” kitchenware. Again using bamboo utensils, she added three-dimensional stickers to the handles. Then, using the Create Your Color Kit, she concocted a batch of avocado green Plasti Dip that perfectly matches the upholstery of her camper.

Custom Utensil Handles with Name for Potlucks

image courtesy of Cathe Holden
justsomethingimade.com

Using a sponge brush, Holden painted on the Plasti Dip nice and thick so as to fully cover the raised letters. Three coats did the trick, and after drying, the letters really do look like they’re part of the handles themselves.

How about you, dear reader and Plasti Dip fan? Do you have any kitschy, kitchen, and/or camping crafts you’ve created with Plasti Dip that you’d like to share? We always dig hearing from Dipheads—from our experience, you’re some of the cleverest DIYers out there. Send us your stories and pics via Twitter or Facebook so everyone can take a gander at your handiwork.

Long story short: If you have a camper (or a kitchen), you NEED Plasti Dip.

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Got Them New Color Plasti Dip Black & Blues No. 2 in E Minor

Although we’ve added a number of new, ready-made colors to the Plasti Dip lineup over the past year or so, some Plasti Dip aficionados have still been singing the Blues Before Sunrise. Well, maybe not “singing the blues” so much as “inquiring about the possibility of additional colors.” Specifically, they’re wondering How Many More Years until we create new variations of our blue and black colors.

Currently, we offer original Plasti Dip in a fairly standard blue color, as well as Blaze Blue. And black Plasti Dip is, you know, black. Plasti Dip Smoke is kind of black-ish, I guess. Great as they are, though, they’re not quite right for every taste or every project, and Plasti Dippers have told us “I Can’t Be Satisfied with just these colors.” With that in mind, I’m Ready to present three ALL NEW Plasti Dip black and blue hues!

New Plasti Dip Colors! Flex Blue, Black Cherry, and  Black & BlueThis photo shows, from top to bottom, our new Flex Blue, Black Cherry, and Black & Blue Plasti Dips. The blocks on the left show the new colors à la carte, while the blocks on the right have been given a coat of Glossifier to make ‘em all shiny-like. And we’re not Messin’ Around when we say that all three new varieties look better than Smokestack Lightnin’ when used with Plasti Dip Metalizers and our other Enhancers.

You won’t have to express your new-color Love In Vain for too long—Black & Blue, Flex Blue, and Black Cherry Plasti Dips will be available at the end of February. You can get them from the hardware and home improvement centers, auto retailers, and online stores where you buy our other Performix Brand products, or contact one of our distributors to track ‘em down in Sweet Home Chicago or wherever you hang your hat.

Our new colors will chase your Cross Road Blues away and open a world of new possibilities. What will you do with Black Cherry, Black & Blue, and/or Flex Blue Plasti Dip? Tell us about your ideas via Twitter and/or Facebook, and, once you’ve got your hands on some, be sure to share your photos! We dig hearing about All Your Love for Plasti Dip and seeing the cool projects Plasti Dip enthusiasts create.

Until next time, I believe I’ll Dust My Broom.*

* You may have guessed as much, but “Dust My Broom” and the other seemingly-erroneously capitalized words in this post are titles of classic blues songs. Give ‘em a listen sometime—it’s good stuff!

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Nothing Says “Love” Like Plasti Dip. Wait, What?!?

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, gang. Did you remember to pick something up for your significant other? If you’re looking for something a little different this year, or are stumped for ideas, may I humbly suggest good ol’ Plasti Dip?

It may not be as “traditional” as flowers or candy in a heart-shaped box, but Plasti Dip sure is a heck of a lot more useful. Flowers wilt and die, and candy doesn’t last long, either: with Plasti Dip, your special someone can create a unique DIY project that will last forever.* Giving him or her an excuse to indulge his or her creative/crafty/handy side is a great gift for any holiday!

Pink Plasti Dip Rims

Or, you can use Plasti Dip as a component of a Valentine’s gift to your guy or gal. Maybe offer to give his or her car pink or red wheels—just for the day, or, if they like it, permanently. Or surprise them with a set of stenciled lips on the hood of their car for a one-of-a-kind V-Day surprise. The car gets a smooch, and, unless you really botch it, you’ll probably get a plethora of them yourself!

Plasti Dip is available in several Valentine’s Day-ready colors, like red, Blaze Pink, and Red Metalizer. And, of course, there’s always the Create Your Color Kit, with which you can mix up any heartfelt hue you wish.**

So, while Plasti Dip may not be the most traditional Valentine’s gift you can give, remember that “traditional” often equals “boring.” Shake things up this year*** with Plasti Dip—no matter how you use it, it’s sure to make this one a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Got a Valentine’s-themed Plasti Dip project of your own? Share your story and photos via Twitter or Facebook—we’d love to hear all about it!

* Maybe not forever forever, but, you know…
** Perhaps you and your best guy/best gal find periwinkle to be a more Valentine’s-appropriate color. Who are we to judge? Go crazy!
*** Literally and figuratively, if you’re purchasing the aerosol variety.

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Plasti-Snow-Dip-Mobiles

“Winter is coming,” you say, Ned Stark? Well, while the season doesn’t officially change until December 21, the snow on the ground and the chilly temperatures tell this astute observer that winter is already here. And though the changing of the weather makes plenty of other things worse (driving, for example), it does allow for several fun activities that you just can’t do any other time of year: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and, of course, snowmobiling.

Snowmobile
Plasti Dip is a fantastic way to upgrade your snowmobile before you hit the snowy non-streets. If you’re looking for a strictly cosmetic upgrade, Plasti Dip’s plethora of colors makes it easy to give your sled a whole new look. You can test out new all-over color schemes, graphic designs, or patterned looks*. You can Dip your snowmobile’s suspension arms in one color, its steering shafts another color, the spindles a third, etc. The possibilities are all but endless, and if doesn’t look quite right, simply peel the Plasti Dip off and start anew.

Its good looks aren’t the only thing Plasti Dip brings to the party, however. Its unique physical properties can also help you get more out of your snowmobiling experience. Plasti Dip can protect your sled from scratches and dings, taking the damage itself while leaving the paint underneath unscathed. A quick re-spray with Plasti Dip is far more cost-effective than getting your whole snowmobile repainted. Plasti Dip also offers corrosion and (with thicker coats) impact protection, as well as a unique, rubbery grip**. And, it’s been tested and proven in temperatures as low as -30°F, so unless you’re super hardcore, you’ll be good to go out in the cold.

Some might say that Plasti Dip won’t be able to hold up to the rough-and-tumble of snowmobiling, but fear not! With a base coat of Plasti Dip Primer, spray and/or aerosol Plasti Dip will grip your sled better and stronger. Please keep in mind, however, that Primer-ed Plasti Dip is much harder to remove, and Plasti Dip Primer is not removable at all. So be sure you like the look and color you’re going to add!

If you’re concerned that the matte finish of Plasti Dip won’t look as sleek on your sled as its paint, just add a little Plasti Dip Glossifier. It’ll give your Plasti Dip creation a glossy look that rivals any “traditional” paint job.

And, Plasti Dip International has a lot more to offer for your snowmobiling needs than just Plasti Dip. There’s VLP to help you patch up rips and tears in your sled’s seat (or your riding jacket), Liquid Tape to assist with wiring and other DIY electrical repairs, and much more. Visit PlastiDip.com for more info on all our outstanding Performix® Brand products.

Have at it, Plasti Dip and snowmobile aficionados! We’d love to see the cool Plasti Dip looks you come up with for your sleds, so please share your photos and stories via Twitter and Facebook. And stay safe out there on the trails—Plasti Dip might have 1,001 uses, but it does nothing for a broken leg!

* Somebody please do an entire snowmobile in plaid!
** Though, like anything, it can become quite slippery when covered in snow.

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Plasti Dip & The Amazing Profitable Arts & Crafts

By now, you know that Plasti Dip is fantastic for all kinds of arts and crafts projects. I know I’ve seen hundreds of cool crafts that people have made, thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and the like. And I’ve certainly written about it plenty of times on this very blog.

BUT! Plasti Dip is not relegated to only at-home arts and crafts. Plenty of talented artists and/or entrepreneurs who sell their wares commercially have used our one-of-a-kind specialty rubber coating as part of their products. It’s so gosh darn versatile, it might actually be harder to find a project you COULDN’T use it on/in.

use Plasti Dip to prevent crafts from scratching surfaces

image courtesy of Amie B.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilPlatesofWisdom

A prime example: Amie B, creator of Lil’ Plates of Wisdom. Her handmade, earthenware clay plates make excellent soap dishes, ring dishes, spoon rests “or whatever your […] heart desires.” Each one features words of wisdom and/or wit on the top, and good ol’ Plasti Dip on the bottom! The Plasti Dip is added to each plate’s “feet” to make them non-slip and to prevent them scratching the surfaces on which they’re placed.

use Plasti Dip to prevent crafts from scratching surfaces

image courtesy of Amie B.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilPlatesofWisdom

Surely* there are plenty of you who make a living (or at least a little extra cash) selling homemade, handmade arts and crafts that use Plasti Dip in some fashion. Let us know via the above-mentioned social media—we’d love to hear your stories and see some pics of your work. We never tire of seeing the amazing projects people cook up using Plasti Dip. Heck, your work might even be featured on our blog.

Wouldn’t that be swell?

* Don’t call me Shirley.**
** Apparently, I am physically incapable of NOT making that “joke” any time the opportunity presents itself. Sorry.

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Color Me Enhanced!

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years since we debuted our Plasti Dip Enhancers. Where has the time gone?!? I’ll tell you where: into creating a whole new batch of Enhancers!

Plasti Dip New EnhancersOur original Plasti Dip Enhancers proved to be insanely popular, so we’ve been hard at work developing more. To complement our Glossifier, Pearlizer, Silver Metalizer, Gold Metalizer, and Copper Metalizer varieties, we went crazy with new colors.

Green Metalizer, Red Metalizer, Blue Metalizer, and Violet Metalizer are shipping out to distributors right now, meaning you’ll be able to get your crafty, Plasti Dip-caked hands on them very soon. Check out Distributor Finder to see where you can get our new Enhancers in your neck of the woods (or visit the old reliable sources like home improvement centers and hardware stores).

Our new Metalizer colors open up a whole new world of DIY possibilities. What kind of projects will you be using these brightly colored Plasti Dip Enhancers for? Let us know in the comments, on Twitter, or through Facebook. Once you’ve finished your project, be sure to share your stories and photos, as well. We can’t get enough of the creative awesomeness of Plasti Dip enthusiasts!

As always, be sure to visit www.plastidip.com for more information on all things Plasti Dip. And prepare to enhance the colors of your world.

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No Phoned-In Phone Cases Here

There are probably as many different types of cellular telephones out there as there are uses for Plasti Dip. Personally, I preferred the old tank I had as my first cell phone—phone calls and Snake, what more could you need? The ability to check out PlastiDip.com from the phone I have now is certainly a pretty swell feature, though (as are the eleventy billion other capabilities of smartphones), so I guess I’ll stick with the new one.

But, whether you have a Galaxy, an entire Universe, or a simple Constellation, an iPhone or the significantly less popular uPhone, chances are good you’ve added a protective case. Which is a wise decision—while my original phone could survive an unaccompanied, unintentional trip down a few flights of stairs (which I actually saw it do), I once saw a guy’s newest-generation smartphone completely shatter because he dropped the bottom half of a blueberry muffin on it.*

Using your phone’s case as a canvas, and adding a little Plasti Dip and a little creativity, you can create a custom look for your phone the likes of which have never been seen!** By way of example, Kelly N. from right here in the Plasti Dip International offices sprayed a one-of-a-kind Blaze Pink-and-white zebra pattern on her phone case. And she did it all in four easy steps:

Step 1: Spray the entire case with white aerosol Plasti Dip.

Plasti Dipped Smart Phone Case

Step 2: Tape off the “negative space” in your design. Unsurprisingly, painter’s tape works perfectly for this.

Plasti Dip Blaze Phone Case

Step 3: Spray over the white and the tape with 2-3 coats of pink Plasti Dip Blaze.

Step 4: Remove the tape about 20 minutes later, revealing the preserved white underneath.

Plasti Dip Blaze Zebra Pattern Phone Case

Yep. It really is that easy. An alternate idea, for those who like their smartphones outdoorsy and/or their designs freehanded: a cool camouflage case, using, you guessed, Plasti Dip Camo.

Camo Phone

As with most Plasti Dip projects, the possibilities here are limited only by your imagination. And, if you decide you’re ready for a new look, you can just peel the Plasti Dip off your phone case and start all over. Imagine, if you will—new designs for every holiday; new designs for your favorite sportsball teams as the MLB/NFL/NHL/NBA seasons rotate; new designs on your friends’ phone cases for their birthdays…go crazy, man!

Have you got a cool, customized-with-Plasti Dip phone case of your own? Share your photos on Twitter and Facebook—we love seeing the amazing creations Plasti Dippers can cook up. Share photos and stories of your other Plasti Dip projects, too. We can’t get enough!

One last important question: Does anyone know if there’s a Snake app?***

* Neither entirely true, nor entirely false.
** Or, at the very least, one that uses your favorite colors and/or patterns.
*** EDIT: Turns out there is, and it is glorious.

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Get Organized with Plasti Dip!

Some folks are okay with varying degrees of clutter in their home or work space. “Don’t worry,” these people sometimes say*, “it might look messy, but I know exactly where everything is.” I, however, am very, very not okay with clutter. “Um…in this pile of papers, somewhere,” does not count as knowing the location of something.

With that in mind, I was pleased as punch to find this ingenious Plasti Dip project from Brit + Co. Crafty blogger and Plasti Dip fan Kristin Appenbrink created a fashionable and functional file organizer using an accordioning, expandable pot lid holder and a Create Your Color Kit. It’s one of those ideas that’s so simple, yet so brilliant, you’ll likely wonder why you never thought of it yourself.

DIY File Organizer from Brit + Co. made with Plasti Dip

image courtesy of BRIT + CO. www.brit.co

All you need to do is mix up the color or colors of your choice with the ol’ CYC Kit, then Dip the prongs of your pot rack. The pot rack Appenbrink used has easily-detachable prongs, making this especially easy. You can, of course, dip the prongs as deep as you’d like—in this case, the Brit + Co. blogger changed up the depth of Dip with each one, to make it more visually interesting. She used three custom-mixed Plasti Dip colors, but you can use as many different colors as you’d like. (Personally, I’d go with a different hue on each prong, but that’s just me.)

When you’re all finished, you’ll have a sharp looking, one-of-a-kind way to keep your mail, bills, and/or other important** files organized. It’ll look swell on your desk at home or at work, you’ll cut down on clutter, and you may even gain some valuable DIY street cred*** to boot.

DIY File Organizer from Brit + Co. made with Plasti Dip

image courtesy of BRIT + CO. www.brit.co

Give it a try and share your results with us via Twitter and Facebook. Or, do you have projects of your own that put the “fun” in “functional”? Share those, too! We love photos and stories that showcase the ingenuity of Plasti Dip users and the 1,001 uses of Plasti Dip.

In fact, I have a really great Plasti Dip story right here…um, it’s somewhere around here, anyway. Now where did I put it? Ah, blerg…

* Something along these lines, anyway.
** Or unimportant—who am I to judge what paperwork you keep on hand?
*** Street cred > Bitcoin.

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