The Durability of Plastidip During Winter

When replying to quote requests and speaking with customers regarding Plastidip, the most common question I get is: “Will the Plastidip be ruined by winter?”. While the answer differs depending on the quality of the installation and how extreme the car’s contact with the weather is, I can confidently say that durability is pretty high. From personal experience, the following are the main factors that would affect the longevity of a Plastidip installation.

Factor #1: Plastidip Installation Quality

The quality of installation on your vehicle really depends on: where it was installed, how it was installed (ex. using a spray-gun system like we do) and most importantly in what temperature the Plastidip was applied in. From personal experience, the quality of an installation that has been applied below 10 degrees Celsius will be noticeably worse in comparison to Plastidip sprayed and dried in 20 degree Celsius weather. The perfect conditions for installation are debatable, and I’ll discuss them in another blog post. The main point here is that getting a proper installation is vital to the longevity of the Plastidip on your vehicle in any weather, not just winter.

Factor #2: Driving Conditions and Vehicle Use

Let’s say Sam and Kevin have their cars dipped. Both have Plastidip applied in the same conditions at the same time and they both drive the same amount and on the same roads. The only difference is Sam drives a sedan and Kevin drives a truck used for snow removal in the winter. Which do you think will peel or become discoloured faster?

The added salt being spread from the back of the truck and the pressure of the snow hitting the Plastidipped parts of the truck will obviously make the Plastidip more prone to being damaged or peeling. The sedan’s Plastidip will last longer and have a better colour to it.

2015 WRX Roof Plastidip Black

Here is a 2015 WRX with a dipped roof that has seen winter, hail, automated and coin operated car washes – but most importantly it has also lasted through numerous snow removals using a windshield scraper/brush.

Factor #3: Maintenance

Washing a dipped car is much like washing a regular car with exposed paint. There is however a certain way to ensure that the edges that have been sprayed don’t peel up. For example, it’s better to brush towards the edge as opposed to away from a dipped edge on a car. It’s also better to use dish soap to wash the Plastidip, not just because some car soaps contain waxes and other chemicals, but because dish soap seems to work best from personal experience.

So what does all of that mean?

Put plainly, Plastidip is durable. Judging from experience with personal vehicles and customers’ vehicles it’s obvious that Plastidip is capable of surviving through some pretty harsh conditions.

Don’t worry, we offer warranty!

Our warranty covers damages that have happened from the weather or from wear and tear that should not be happening. Contact us for more info!