Minor/Repaint: Plasti Dip: Rubberizing wheels improves stability of roller-bots

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  1. Cheebs

    Cheebs Well-Known Member

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    I bought some Plasti Dip. It's made for putting rubber coatings on tool handles. If you thin it, you can also use it with a paint brush to coat plastic Transformer wheels.

    The end result looks pretty close to a rubber tire. But the real benefit is that it feels and acts like a rubber tire. I gave Bonecrusher a nice coating. With his new rubber traction, he is way more stable on his roller-skate feet. Since so many roller bots are coming out for RotF, I thought I'd post this.
     

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  2. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    That's cool as hell. What did you use to thun the stuff down?? I mights try this when prime comes out.
     
  3. Bruticus82

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    Agreed! Very nice, and I'm glad that it gives him some actual traction.
     
  4. Cheebs

    Cheebs Well-Known Member

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    I can't remember the type of thinner... It began with an 'n'. I'll check when I get home, but it is written on the plasti-dip can.
     
  5. frenzyrumble

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    That stuff is great, been using it also more often lately. Also nice for ball joint tightening. You can thin it out with naptha
     
  6. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    What the hell is naptha???
     
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    Naptha is a common name for the industrial solvent Petroleum Ether. Other names include benzine, X-4, or Lingroin. Chemically, naptha is a mixture of straight chained hydrocarbon-ethers, straight chained alkanes, as well as some aromatic hydrocarbons. The actual composition of the naptha will depend on its boiling point (indicative of the distillation temperature). Naphtha is a product of crude oil distillation in an atmospheric distillation unit. The refineries often produce a light naphta blend and a heavier naphtha which is can be used as a gasoline additive. Naptha is also extremely effective at solvating non-polar compounds and is used frequently in organic chemistry.

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    It's sold in many hardware stores, I used to use it a lot in the sign industry : to remove adhesives and glue build up. It's lenient on the surfaces (usually auto doors/signs)
     
  8. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    So all I need is Plasti Dip and naptha? Awesome! One of my biggest complaints is no rubber wheels.
     
  9. Cheebs

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    If you really want them to look rubber, fill in the hollow back with putty, sand the putty, then sand the mold seam down the center of the tires. Paint with the plasti-dip after all that.
     
  10. plowking

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    Nice discovery!!...and nice Custom too!! :thumb 

    We have this stuff at work...in all different colors too!! (our Electricians use it to insulate their screwdrivers and stuff)

    I would have never thought of using this stuff for that.
     
  11. Jukebox Prime

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    *Austin Powers voice* "Nerd-alert!"

    :lol  Just kidding F_R! That's actually really good info!

    Thanks for the post Cheebs! This stuff looks great!
     
  12. chapsy

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    it's stuff like this(along with purdy customs) that makes me glad to have this forum.
    awesome info. I'll have to find this stuff.
    would the plasti-dip be at hardware stores with naptha? Is it pricey?
    Also, would the wheels need to be removed for the application? or would it be manageable enough with a brush to just work around the pins and whatnot?
     
  13. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

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    Oh Man! This is an awesome find! Thanks so much for sharing! Plasti Dip and naptha are now on my shopping list. This stuff is available at places like Home Depot and Lowes right?
     
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    Yes, I believe I've seen it in the paint/caulk aisles! Nice use for an under implemented tool!
     
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    That would be cool to use on my Alt Prime, on his side steps, foir an authentic look. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  16. Cheebs

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    I did not remove my wheels. Just be careful with the paint brush and you should be fine.

    You should try it first on a cheap/common/bad toy like Armada Sideswipe so you don't end up with any rookie mistakes on a valuable custom. I went at FAB Ratchet before moving on to Bonecrusher. This stuff certainly isn't hard to use and if pretty forgiving overall, but it doesn't really behave like paint and it dries much "flatter" (ridges that you thought were filled in re-emerge) than you might expect. Just experiment before trying a real project.

    It's kind'a pricey... Expect to spend $25 to $30 with the thinner included depending on how big the cans are. But you get a ton of it, even at the smallest size. I got mine at the local mom n' pop hardware store. It should be common in any place that sells hardware.
     
  17. JazzEd

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    I've seen this at my local Lowe's here in Cali. but they only seem to carry red or yellow. I have yet to find black.
     
  18. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Ya know what.. This should get a tutorial, mhm mhm.
     
  19. chapsy

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    thanks for the tips. I've had a lot of experience painting gundam models over the past ten years, so I've developed a pretty good brush hand. :) 
    I'll have to try this in a few weeks.
    thanks again!
     
  20. wan_de_real

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    thnks Cheebs..this is really trumendous knowledge...i really wonder if there is sum rubber base media that can apply to our figure and you bring it out...from now on all of our lame plastic tyre can stick to the road and drive to heaven:thumbs2: 
     

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