Super cool and very awesome, dude!
Just catching up on this thread now... did not expect to come back and see your entire van dipped!! Well done! So so much prep, but it looks amazing.
I saw a bit of discussion about rust, I just want to make sure I understand this correctly - you didn't do any kind of rust removal work so far, it was just paint prep for the Plastidip? So basically just cleaning, including cleaning the rust spots? And do I understand right that they won't be able to rust further if more water & oxygen can't get to the rust spot?
Just wanted to get that whole concept right in my head, because I had always thought that rust would keep going (albeit slower) even if you touch it up? I had a few sections on mine where the polyurethane sealant in the panel joints on the outside had hardened up and let water in, started rusting out the joints (I was also told that the sealant is acidic or something and actually eats into the paint as well, so that's not much of a help...) so there were entire sections I sanded right back, treated the rust and primed, resprayed decent size areas of the exterior as well as the entire floor!
If Plastidip will help to stop rust spots in their tracks then I will have to seriously consider it... having a giant green van would probably be a better advert for my business than the signage I have now as well. I got a quote for a full respray and it would be $7K (AUD)!
Also do you plan on dipping the roof later on? Or is there a particular reason you want to leave it? Wondering about that because my roof is getting to be fairly well oxidised, and some rust spots showing up along with cracking, peeling paint. I suspect that some bat droppings (or rather bat "slop"!) might have been sitting on the roof for a while. It doesn't look so bad after I was, polish and wax it, but if I can just dip it and stop worrying so much then it will be worth the effort...
I know you haven't had the dip completed for all that long, but have you encountered any bug splatter or bird poo yet? People say that it just washes off if you get it right away, but others say that if you leave it for even a little bit it will just eat through the dip? Interested to hear your experience with this because that is probably the one thing that makes me wary of it.
Sorry for the long post, thanks for any info!