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Old 02-15-2019, 12:44 AM   #11
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Never mind. Now I see it all cleaned off in the second photo and the panels all look the same. Very cool Sepudo.

Who, where?

I wouldn't need my roof done since my full rack covers the whole top. That could save a few thousand $.
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:56 AM   #12
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A tip..

In the scale of sun rays reflection the smother the surface the better, also silver, gold or white reflect much, much better than darker colors and the least effective will be mate black..

unrelated example..
Depending in the sun location, strength, ambient, temperature from 40 to 70 degrees difference with the foil on.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:36 PM   #13
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Plastidip is temporary. You will not be happy long term.
I was planning to redo the steelies, plastic body parts, the front hood, and under the roof rack on a new van with some plastic dip. https://plastidip.nl/
Could you expand on the negatives. One characteristic that I found interesting was the removability of the product, “just peel off”.
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I was planning to redo the steelies, plastic body parts, the front hood, and under the roof rack on a new van with some plastic dip. https://plastidip.nl/
Could you expand on the negatives. One characteristic that I found interesting was the removability of the product, “just peel off”.
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Plastidip is pretty great for wheels and plastic trim bits. It will do good on the hood as well. The negatives are that it will start to peel after a while, and to apply it correctly you really do need like at least 5 coats. Depending on how bad it gets after a couple years you'll have to remove and reapply or respray over.

It's not a great solution for doing large areas. It comes in a rattle can and it would be hard to get a good even coat and it would be a big pain in the ass to do an entire van or even an entire roof. Most of the DIY bedliner ideas can be done with a pneumatic paint gun or rolled on.

I've used Plastidip on at least 4 vehicles and in my experience Rustoleum's version (Peel Coat) is a better product. It goes on smoother.
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Thanks for the experience share. Helps to reassure the van partner(wife) of my plans. The first surfaces I wanted to cover seem ok then with the manufacturer also recommending 5 coats.
The roof area under the rack was an idea that I got later. I am planning a low profile platform and solar covered rack where it will be hard to access for cleaning.
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Thanks for the experience share. Helps to reassure the van partner(wife) of my plans. The first surfaces I wanted to cover seem ok then with the manufacturer also recommending 5 coats.
The roof area under the rack was an idea that I got later. I am planning a low profile platform and solar covered rack where it will be hard to access for cleaning.
I see some folks using a bedliner up there, which could give some added waterproofing to the Sprinter's already suspect roof seams although I see you're in a 2017, not sure if they have any of those issues like the T1N does.
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Don't trust bedliner to seal seams. It is not flexible enough in most cases. Either cover the seams with something like sikaflex or eternabond tape, or cut out the crap factory sealer, and use a quality urethane product.
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I plan on tidying my lower panel below the plastic side strips with smooth black hammerite. Of course, I will be sanding the areas and wiping clean with alhohol.

Will do it when I remove the plastic panels to seal up the holes the plastic clips fit into.

I will be removing and renewing x 4 mud flaps too when done.
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Don't trust bedliner to seal seams. It is not flexible enough in most cases. Either cover the seams with something like sikaflex or eternabond tape, or cut out the crap factory sealer, and use a quality urethane product.
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I plan on tidying my lower panel below the plastic side strips with smooth black hammerite. Of course, I will be sanding the areas and wiping clean with alhohol.

Will do it when I remove the plastic panels to seal up the holes the plastic clips fit into.

I will be removing and renewing x 4 mud flaps too when done.
Just make sure to read the instructions of that paint, some stuff doesn't like alcohol to be used as the cleaning solvent. You may have to use acetone, xylol, xylene, mineral spirits, etc. The product will usually tell you what solvents are OK to use for prepping underneath it.

I'd also spot-test whatever solvent that you end up choosing on some interior part of the van that will get covered up eventually, because some of those solvents can damage your paint instead of just prepping it.
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