Q: Do I need to apply a base coat ?
A: You will need a Gloss Black base coat in case you apply the same color on two parts that have different base colors.
For example, if you wish to paint your black mirrors and silver wheels in Daytona Yellow, you will need to apply a base coat to make sure the Daytona Yellow is the same tone on both parts.
For Metallic Serie, you will need to apply a base coat (4 coats) of Gloss Black to facilitate application.
Q: How should I prepare the surface I want to Autodip?
A: Before applying Autodip, we highly recommend visiting our How To Apply page which will guide you through the key steps to getting a great Autodip finish: http://www.autodip.ca/how-to-apply/.
Q: On which surface can I apply Autodip?
A: Autodip’s formula is designed specifically for the automotive industry and is tested on clear coated surfaces used by OEM car manufacturers including clear coated body panels, alloy wheels, chromed plastics, clear coated carbon fibre and metal surfaces such as wheels.
For surfaces that are not officially tested by Autodip, we recommend that you test spray, let dry and peel on an inconspicuous area to confirm surface compatibility.
If you are unsure whether your surface is clear coated, we recommend you contact your local dealership to confirm.
Do not apply Autodip on non-clear coated surfaces such as vinyl wraps, stickers, primer paint, raw plastics, raw badges and center caps.
Q: Do I really need to wait 5 to 10 minutes before applying the next coat?
A: Yes! Even if your last coat is dry to the touch, it is critical for Autodip’s overall quality that you wait the full ten minutes before applying the next coat.
Q: Why do I experience bubbling of Autodip during installation and how can I fix it?
A: The formation of bubbles during installation is actually called fisheyes. They are the result of surface contamination due to insufficient cleaning and drying of the surface.
We recommend doing a light first coat, commonly called a check coat, to look for fisheyes. If there are any signs of fisheyes, wipe down the surface, thoroughly clean and dry the surface and reapply Autodip.
Q: I am experiencing drips and sags, how can I avoid it?
A: Make sure to respect the 10 minutes drying time between each coat and to spray 8 to 12 inches away from the surface.
Q: I am not getting the Autodip signature finish, why?
A: To get Autodip’s signature finish, increase overlap and focus on getting a wet and even appearance.
Q: My Gloss Series or Metallic Series is coming out as a matte finish, why?
A: High humidity will influence Autodip’s gloss levels. Always avoid spraying in a high humid environment.
Q: Can I apply Autodip with the wheel still mounted on my car?
A: No. You must remove the wheels from the car in order to remove the centercaps, remove the lugs, and properly mask the inner barrel.
Applying Autodip with the wheels off the car and laying flat makes installation much easier and gives a professional looking finish.
Q: How do I get rid of overspray?
A: You can use common spray gel stain removal and adhesive removers to get rid of Autodip overspray.
Q: Do I really need to mask off the tires?
A: Yes. You must mask off the tires with either tape or cards.
Q: How much Autodip do I need for four wheels?
A: Please consult our coverage chart at autodip.com/shop for detailed coverage instructions.
Q: Can I apply Autodip on my exhaust tips and muffler?
A: We do not recommend applying Autodip to exhaust tips and mufflers as the high temperature will compromise Autodip’s finish and ability to peel off.
Q: Can I apply a clear coat over Autodip?
A: No, you cannot apply a clear coat over Autodip.
Q: Can I use Autodip aerosol cans to cover my entire car?
A: No! We do not recommend using Autodip Aerosol Cans for full body applications.
Q: Can I use Autodip to paint my hood or roof?
A: No, we do not recommend using Autodip Aeorols to cover your hood or roof as the surface is too large to evenly apply Autodip.
Q: Can I use Autodip on my brake calipers?
A: Autodip can be applied to brake calipers on cars that aren’t tracked or agressively driven. Excessive heat will cause Autodip to overheat, in which case peelability and finish may be compromised.
Q: Can I use Autodip on interior trim?
A: Autodip can be applied to painted plastic or metal surfaces. Do not use Autodip on soft surfaces such as leather, alcantara, suede, cloth, vinyl, etc. Before applying to interior trim, start by removing the trim and test spray on an inconspicuous area beforehand.
Q: Can I apply a new Autodip color over previously applied Autodip?
A: No. For optimal finish quality and adherence, we highly recommend that you peel off your existing Autodip and repeat the installation process entirely.
Q: Can I apply Autodip to damaged/curbed wheels?
A: Yes, however the curbed sections will be difficult to peel. We recommend sanding down the curb rash.
Q: Can I apply Autodip over chrome?
A: Yes, make sure to completely strip the waxes and polishes commonly used to protect your chromed wheels or accessories. Apply a minimum of 4 light coats to create adhesion and proceed with a minimum of 8 wet coats.
Q: Can I apply Autodip to emblems and badges?
A: When it comes to emblems and badges, it is important to first test the surface compatibility with Autodip. Emblems are made of a variety of different plastics, composites and metals across different manufacturers. Once you’ve tested the surface, either remove the emblem (when possible), or thoroughly mask off the section leaving only the emblem or badge exposed.
When applying the tape, make sure that the tape does not come into contact with the surface you’re going to spray. It is also critical to remove the masking tape immediately after spraying your final coat by pulling away the tape from the area you sprayed.
For situations where the tape is directly touching your Autodip finish, cut the edges using a spudge tool or plastic card, then proceed with removing the tape.
Q: Does heat affect installation?
A: High humidity will influence Autodip’s gloss levels. However, heat does not influence the finish. Just make sure to always avoid spraying in a high humid environment.