Plasti Dip at the 2012 AAPEX Show

From October 30 through November 1, Plasti Dip International took part in AAPEX 2012, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Setting up camp at booth #3453 in the Sands Expo Center, the Plasti Dip crew was busy as beavers from the show’s start on Tuesday morning through the closing bell on Thursday evening.

As part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, over 100,000 attendees, um, attended AAPEX 2012—representatives from automotive parts distributors, service chains, retailers, and more came out in full force. Judging by how busy we were, we must have talked to at least 75,000 of them! We got plenty of visits from Plasti Dip users and fans, some of whom were kind enough to share stories and photos of past Plasti Dipped projects.

Our brightly colored booth saw plenty of traffic, as attendees clamored to learn more about the wonders of Plasti Dip and the Performix Brand lineup. As is our usual tradeshow M.O., the Plasti Dip International team brought along a few conversation-starting Plasti-Dipped items, including a Blaze Pink-coated motorcycle wheel that couldn’t be missed!

The hard-working Plasti Dip crew at booth 3453

As usual, our newer products were all the rage with our visitors. Plasti Dip Enhancers were especially popular, particularly our Gold and Silver Metallizers and Pearlizer, as were our four new Plasti Dip Blaze colors and a few yet-to-be-released products that made their debut at AAPEX 2012. (Copper Metallizer,* anyone?) Look for more news on these still-in-the-works additions to the Plasti Dip family soon!

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and AAPEX 2012 was no exception. It felt like no time flat between the Plasti Dip team’s arrival in Sin City and our flight back to Minnesota. Apart from a minor airport snafu caused by a final-week campaign stop by President Obama, the whole trip was a rousing success. We’ve already got big things in the works for AAPEX 2013, so be sure to catch us if you’re there next year.

If you attended AAPEX 2012, please share your stories and photos with us via Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section. And don’t forget to visit PlastiDip.com for more info on Plasti Dip International and all our fine products.

Thank you Las Vegas, good night!

* Copperizer?

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Neon Invasion!

If you’ve been to almost any retail store lately, and in particular stores that sell clothing or home décor, you’ve probably noticed that bright, neon colors have made a comeback in a big way. While we at Plasti Dip International will assume no responsibility for the fashion repercussions of you sporting electric yellow jeans, we can certainly help you update the look of your home. All it takes is a little Plasti Dip Blaze.

Now, you probably won’t want an entire room of Blaze colors, but with a bit of restraint and a keen eye, you can create the “just right” neon-colored accent piece to give any room a stylish, modern look. With six Blaze colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect hue (or hues) to make your home décor really pop.

Lamps make a great Blaze-ified accessory—the light from their bulbs will make the neon colors look even brighter. Vases are an excellent choice, as well, especially when filled with flowers that complement or artfully contrast the Blaze color. Blaze bookends can be stylish, yet subtle, and coating table legs or the seats or backs of chairs with the right color Plasti Dip Blaze can give any room a bold-but-not-too-bold update. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of possibilities, so let your imagination for decoration run wild!

The beauty of working with Plasti Dip Blaze to add neon accents to your home is twofold: 1) Chances are you’ve already spent a good deal of time finding the “perfect” furnishings for your home. With Plasti Dip Blaze, you don’t have to replace anything—just give the item of your choice a few good coats and SHAZAM! Good as new, but brighter. And, 2) When the neo-neon fad fades*,  all it takes is a little elbow grease to peel off the Plasti Dip and your updated furnishings are good as new, but original-colored.

Take a look around your living space—there’s bound to be a piece or two that would look splendid with a Plasti Dip Blaze makeover. Let us know what you come up with (and maybe share a few pics so we can see how a-Blaze-ing it looks) via Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below. And, as always, be sure to visit PlastiDip.com for more information on all things Plasti Dip.

* And it eventually will, I suppose. Which means I’ll have to retire my best fanny pack…

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True Tales of Plasti Dip: The Moose is Loose!

Archery has always been popular in Plasti Dip International’s area of the country—we’re not far from Minnesota’s famed “North Woods” region, which is known for its excellent hunting. The runaway success of Brave and The Hunger Games, two movies that prominently feature archery, has helped make this particular outdoor activity increasingly popular all across the U.S. (and the world).

That being the case, and taking into account the nigh-endless craftiness of Plasti Dip users, it’s not surprising to see Plasti Dip at work in the realm of bow hunting. And therein lies our latest True Tale of Plasti Dip!

An avid archer named Scott, from right around our neck of the woods, was kind enough to share the story of his trusty, moose-shaped, foam rubber target. While he didn’t divulge any information on his hunting success, judging from the tight cluster of holes right in the sweet spot, it’s probably safe to say that a few of Bullwinkle’s relatives have been felled by Scott’s arrows.

After years of use and countless puncturings, ol’ Moosey was a little worse for wear. While the target did originally have a thin, rubbery coating not unlike Plasti Dip, most of it had worn away, leaving the foam rubber underneath exposed to the elements. Moisture—be it from rain, snow, or other—can wreak havoc on foam rubber, as anyone with even a tiny tear in the seat of their boat or riding mower can tell you.*

Fully aware of Plasti Dip’s moisture blocking abilities, Scott set out to repair his mighty moose. Using an untold volume of Plasti Dip, he gave his target a fresh, all-over coating. Though he didn’t specify, it looks as though he used Camo Brown for the body of the moose, and Camo Tan for its antlers.

The end result is a vast improvement, both aesthetically and functionally. From a distance, the rejuvenated target could probably even fool a real moose; without the copious holes in and sections missing from the coating, the target will hold up far better for years of further use. And, because Plasti Dip adheres to itself so well, any future repairs will be far quicker and easier. All Scott needs is another can or two and presto! Moosey’s good to go for another archery season.

Plasti Dip has scads of other archery uses, as well. You can use it to add a soft, easy-to-hold coating to the grip of your bow. You can use it to color code the shafts of your arrows for easy identification of different head types, lengths, weights, etc. If you have a bow case or quiver that regularly gets knocked around, a few coats of Plasti Dip will help protect it from abrasion and mild impact.

Do you have your own True Tale of Plasti Dip to share? Or an idea for a new, never-before-chronicled use for Plasti Dip? Let us know in the comments, via Twitter or Facebook, or simply contact us to share your story. We’d love to hear all about it (and scope out some pictures, too). Be sure to visit PlastiDip.com for more info on Plasti Dip and all our Performix Brand products.

Plasti Dip: Indirectly making the world somewhat more dangerous for wild game since 1972.

* If you have this or a similar problem, get yourself some Anything Foam to repair the cracks, gouges, and holes in your foam rubber. Then grab a tube of VLP to patch up the rip in the vinyl seat covering—no duct tape required!

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A Better Sheen Than Charlie

“Charlie Sheen?” you may be asking. “What could he possibly have to do with Plasti Dip?”

Well, loyal Plasti Dip fans, it’s really just a clever* way to introduce our newest product: Plasti Dip Pearlizer. I mentioned it briefly a few weeks back, and it caught more than a few Plasti Dippers’ attention.

Plasti Dip Pearlizer is the latest addition to our Plasti Dip Enhancers line. Like our other Enhancers—Silver Metallizer, Gold Metallizer, and Glossifier—it’s designed to be sprayed on over cured Plasti Dip. Plasti Dip Pearlizer will give any Plasti Dipped surface a unique, pearlescent sheen,** as well as a whitish tint. It actually looks kind of like a thin layer of frost, making it perfect for craft projects for the upcoming holiday season. And, of course, it’s great for untold other applications, as well.

Top: Plasti Dip Pearlizer over white Plasti Dip. Bottom: plain white Plasti Dip

Look for Plasti Dip Pearlizer at the same retail locations where you find our other Performix Brand products starting in October. As with all Plasti Dip Enhancers, Pearlizer comes in 11-oz. aerosol cans for fast, easy, spray-on application.

The ball’s in your court now, Plasti Dippers. You have a few weeks to plan the perfect Pearlizer project—what’ve you got in mind? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook, et al, and, once you’ve got your hands on some, please share your photos as well!

Don’t forget to visit PlastiDip.com for more info on Plasti Dip International and all our outstanding products. And Charlie, in the highly unlikely circumstance that you actually read this, tell Emilio a big fan says “Hello!”

* Clever-ish, anyway.
** Pearlescent > Charlie.

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Everything* You Wanted to Know About Plasti Dip and Have Frequently Asked

Here at Plasti Dip International, we get lots of questions about our world-famous flagship product, Plasti Dip. Some of them are of the face-palm inspiring variety, (“If I spray it in a circle in the air, will it make a balloon?”) but many of them address important issues that Plasti Dip users confront on a regular basis. Today, we’ll cover two of these frequently asked questions.

First: How long will Plasti Dip last? This one is a bit tricky, as there are many variables to take into account. Things like the number of coats applied, the elements and environmental factors the Plasti Dipped item will or won’t face, how frequently it will be handled, etc., all effect the lifespan of Plasti Dip. Ultimately, there’s no definitive time frame for Plasti Dip’s longevity.

It’s important to note that Plasti Dip is easy to “repair” should the coating you’ve applied start to show signs of wear or damage. It adheres to itself splendidly, so you can quickly and easily apply another layer to cover the affected area. If need be, you can completely re-Dip and rejuvenate the entire coating, without removing the Plasti Dip you originally added.

And now our second question of the day: How much Plasti Dip do I need? Unfortunately, there’s no specific answer for this one, either. Again, there are many variable to consider, such as the number of coats you’ll be applying, the desired thickness of said coats, etc.

However, a good general measurement can be found on our FAQ page, as well as on the label of most cans of Plasti Dip. This info states that a 14.5-oz. can of original Plasti Dip will cover approximately 5 square feet at 10 mils thickness, while an 11-oz. can of aerosol Plasti Dip will cover about 6 square feet at 5 mils. If you’re lucky enough to have a gallon can of Plasti Dip at your disposal, it will cover roughly 30 square feet at 15 mils thickness.

We hope you find these answers helpful in your Plasti Dip quest. Visit the above-mentioned FAQ page for more information, and check out PlastiDip.com to learn more about Plasti Dip and all of our astounding Performix Brand products. Keep your questions coming through the comments, Twitter, and Facebook. We shall do our best to answer as many queries as possible!***

* Well, actually only two things. But two is infinitely closer to everything than zero, so I just rounded up.**
** That sentence makes no sense.
*** Plasti Dip-related queries, that is. We do not know the meaning of life. Sorry.

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Plasti Dip’s “Every Day” Use

If you’re both a Plasti Dip fan and a reader of Every Day with Rachael Ray©*, you may have spotted our fine product gracing the pages of the magazine’s September 2012 issue. In a brief piece titled “Build A Shrine to Wine” in the issue’s “Make Me!” section (p. 76), author Danny Seo walks readers through an easy DIY project that everyone** can enjoy: a wall-mounted wine display.

Part of the project entails painting 8-inch lengths of pipe, which are then fastened to the wall to hold up wine bottles. As an alternative to boring old spray paint, Seo suggests using Plasti Dip to “[g]et a rubberized finish and a good grip.”

What he doesn’t mention is that Plasti Dip will also help protect your wine bottles from damage should they get accidentally dinged against the pipes. Plasti Dip’s many available colors also make it easy to match any home’s décor. Because it’s so versatile and easy to use, Ms. Ray could probably devote an entire issue of her magazine to Plasti Dip-themed projects. Wouldn’t that be great?!?

Rachael Ray, Danny Seo, and other DIYers—like you, dear reader!— know that Plasti Dip is great for almost any project. As I’ve said before, it’s got 1,001 uses and counting! What sort of cool and/or fun and/or crafty projects using Plasti Dip do you have planned? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook, or share your story in the comments section. And be sure to visit PlastiDip.com for all things Plasti Dip.

Plasti Dip: Rachael Ray approved for excellence!

* “Every Day with Rachael Ray©” is copyrighted, owned, and published by Meredith Corporation
** 21 years of age and older

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Creating Killer Custom Combos

As you may know, Plasti Dip can be found in a plethora of colors. And, we’ve just added several new colors to the lineup, as well. Between these readily available, eye-pleasing hues and our popular Create Your Color Kit, Plasti Dip users have trillions* of colors at their disposal. But what if your DIY project needs a little more pizzazz, that special something the French call a certain…I don’t know what?

Plasti Dippers have been asking, via Facebook and Twitter, about “specialized” Plasti Dip varieties, specifically metallics. While we agree that metallic Plasti Dips would be pretty sweet, we are not developing anything of the sort at this time. But, with the Plasti Dip color of your choosing and one of our Plasti Dip Enhancers, it’s easy to create a killer custom combo that will give your project the extra oompapa you’re after.

As you can see, Plasti Dip Enhancers can give Plasti Dip a number of metallic looks. We used Blaze Purple on all of the panels pictured. The one on the far left shows Blaze Purple** con solo, while the others, from left to right, were additionally sprayed with Gold Metalizer, Silver Metalizer, and Pearlizer. Marvelously metallic, no?


This method works great with any color Plasti Dip. It’s a quick and easy technique, not to mention a pretty darn fun one, making it well worth the time and effort to try different combinations until you find the right custom color-and-Enhancer combo for your application. The possibilities are dang near limitless!

What say you, Plasti Dip fans? Do you have any projects on tap that you’re thinking of creating a killer custom combo for? As always, we love to see Plasti Dip users’ talents on display, so be sure to share your stories and photos through social media and in the comments below. Don’t forget to visit PlastiDip.com for more info on original Plasti Dip, Plasti Dip Enhancers, and all our Performix Brand products.

* Seriously. I counted.
** For some reason, our Blaze colors don’t photograph very well. They look amazing in person, though, that’s for sure.

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Plasti Dip’s Removal Tips

After spending most of the day Sunday at an outdoor event, I now find myself with a toasty red sunburn on certain areas of my person. This is par for the course for summer, as we all know, and I really should have been a bit more liberal with my sunscreen (apparently, spray-on sunblock can’t be trusted like the good ol’ lotion variety can). All this leads me and my poor, charred epidermis to a very salient topic: how to remove Plasti Dip.

“What does that have to do with a sunburn?” you ask. Well, like a bad sunburn, the best way to remove Plasti Dip is to peel it off.*

The Plasti Dip team has seen a lot of questions on Twitter, Facebook, and the like, asking if there’s a trick to removing Plasti Dip from coated surfaces, or if there’s a recommended solvent that will make the process easier. The short answers: there’s no “trick,” per se, and Goo Gone® works very well—the Plasti Dip International crew uses it regularly around the factory, and can vouch for its awesomeness.

Plasti Dip, in all its variations, is designed to adhere to almost any surface—metal, wood, glass, rubber, concrete, fiberglass, fabrics, rope, etc. And, while it also peels off most surfaces cleanly and easily, it is always best to apply a little bit o’ the ‘Dip to an inconspicuous area to test it first if you’re unsure what the results might be for your particular application.

Often, the reason Plasti Dip is difficult to remove is because it’s simply too thin, strange as that may seem. A too-thin layer of Plasti Dip will rip into many small pieces as it peels off, which can make removal a real pain in the tush. Though it seems highly counterintuitive, a good way to make removing Plasti Dip easier is to add another coat—Plasti Dip adheres to itself better than anything else, and the added strength of another layer will allow you to get the nice all-in-one-piece peel-off you’re looking for.

And, though we often say that Plasti Dip “peels off quickly and easily,” or some variation of that line, “easily” is, of course, a relative term. It’s certainly harder than ripping the wrapping paper off a Christmas gift, but it’s far easier than removing, say, dried spray paint.

Peeling Plasti Dip, Peeling Fruit...thanks for humoring us!

Be sure to visit PlastiDip.com for more tips, tricks, and useful information about original Plasti Dip and all of our Performix brand products. And keep those questions and comments coming—we aim to address every Plasti Dip user’s concerns in as effective and helpful a manner as possible. We don’t want anyone getting burned** by a lack of knowledge!

* This is NOT the recommended treatment for sunburn. It’s probably really bad for you, in fact.
** See what I did there?

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New Plasti Dip Blaze Colors!

When we first announced the release of Plasti Dip Blaze, we told you that it would first be available in Blaze Orange and Blaze Blue, with more eye-popping colors to follow soon after.

Well, “soon after” might be sooner than you think.

Coming in  late September from Plasti Dip International are a quartet of brand new Blaze colors: Blaze Pink, Blaze Purple, Blaze Yellow, and Blaze Green. Plasti Dip’s new hues* deliver the same great performance and protection you always get from Plasti Dip, along with one-of-a-kind color that can’t be missed.

After the original Plasti Dip Blaze colors were announced, we asked you, the avid Plasti Dipper, for suggestions for new Blaze colors. We received an incredible number of responses, and based on your feedback (and a bit of our own, internal chatter) chose the four new colors that will be hitting store shelves soon. We think they make fine additions to the ever-expanding palette of Plasti Dip colors.

Remember that for the best, brightest results, all colors of Plasti Dip Blaze should be applied over a white or light-colored base, preferably white Plasti Dip. They’ll still look good over darker colors, but for maximum POP!, a white base is key.

Like our first two Plasti Dip Blaze colors, Blaze Yellow, Blaze Purple, Blaze Green, and Blaze Pink can be found in convenient 11-oz. aerosol cans for easy application. Just shake ‘em up and spray ‘em on!

I predict that I’ll be seeing a lot of bright, eye-catching, Blaze’d rims and sundry other car parts in the near future. What projects will you use our new Plasti Dip Blaze colors for? Share your ideas, stories, and photos via Twitter, Facebook, and the comments section below. The brilliance and ingenuity of Plasti Dip users clearly knows no bounds, so we’re always excited to see what you’ve come up with.

I know my first Plasti Dip Blaze project will involve buying a new pair of sunglasses to protect against over-stimulated photoreceptors.

* Not to be confused with Huey Lewis and the News

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The ROY G. BIV of Plasti Dip

Not too long ago, Plasti Dip was only available in a handful of standard colors. But, thanks to the brilliance of the team at Plasti Dip International—as well as helpful suggestions from loyal Plasti Dip fans—we’ve been busy creating a veritable Crayola box of new Plasti Dip colors.

Our original color lineup included black, red, white, blue, yellow, and clear*. These colors all look great and work well for a broad spectrum of applications. However, resting on our laurels is second-to-last on our to-do list**, so we set out to concoct more color creations for Plasti Dip users to, um, use for their myriad DIY projects.

We’ve recently added the Plasti Dip Camo color family, two colors of Plasti Dip Blaze (with more to come in the near future), the incredibly popular Plasti Dip Smoke, and the much-requested Plasti Dip GunMetal. All told, we now offer over a dozen ready-to-use Plasti Dip colors. And, if that’s not enough, there’s always the Create Your Color Kit, which lets you mix Plasti Dip in your own custom colors.

With Plasti Dip’s large and ever-expanding collection of colors, you can add any color under the sun—and then some—to your home, auto, craft, art, or other projects. Every Plasti Dip color variety offers the same unbeatable protection against moisture, corrosion, abrasion, skidding and slipping, acids, and mild impact. Available in dip/paint-on and/or spray formulas (availability varies by color), all types of Plasti Dip go on easy, and come off easy, too, should the need every arise.

What other colors should we add to the Plasti Dip palette? Let us know in the comments, or via Twitter or Facebook. We can’t guarantee that every color requested will make the cut***, but your suggestions are always helpful—we aim to please!

Be sure to visit PlastiDip.com for more information on every Plasti Dip color variety and our other fantastic Performix Brand products.

* Clear isn’t technically a color, per se, but close enough.
** Last on the list is: “Write new to-do list.”
*** My idea for “Bruise Purple” Plasti Dip was shot down long ago. Frowny face.

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