Plasti Dip Experiment

One of my favorite features of the 911 is the factory aero kit that it came with. I love the fixed rear spoiler so much more than the pop-up spoiler that came on the car as standard. The aero kit included the larger fixed rear spoiler and a more aggressive front chin spoiler which was painted to match the car. Looks amazing. The downside is that the normal front spoiler is low and scrapes easily…the aero chin spoiler scrapes every day!

Normally these chin spoiler are considered a “consumable” part. They are cheap and easy to replace. The fancy painted aero kit spoiler not so much. To preserve my original painted one, I purchased a very cheap knock off spoiler from eBay. At only $95, these knock offs can take the abuse and get replaced every year. Here is the photo of my son helping me swap the painted spoiler for this cheap one:

We managed to get it to fit although it took some convincing with a heat gun …would have been better to do this in the summer when the sun could have warmed up the plastic a bit. I wasn’t happy with the color which was too much of a contrast from the painted black. Time for Plasti Dip!

I picked up a few cans of black Plasti Dip and a can of the Glossifier and I had a great time with my boys painting the spoiler. We should have done this before we installed the part…would have been much easier. I just wasn’t sure I was going to go this route until I saw it on the car.

This is a “right sized” solution to the problem but is far from perfect. The knock off spoiler is a good but not great. After 7 coats of Plasti Dip and a few coats of the Glossifier, it looks much better than the grayish plastic look it had before but is not nearly as pretty as the painted factory spoiler. I didn’t expect that from a $100 part and Plasti Dip. If I wanted perfection, I wouldn’t have given the spray can to my 9 year old and 12 year old sons šŸ™‚ In the end we had a fun car project and I’ll need to replace this part again in a year anyway!

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