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Wanna black out your Tesla emblems but don’t want to ruin them? Or maybe you just don’t want to take them off? Here’s how. 

What You Need

  • Time – minimum 3 hours 
  • Plasti dip x1 can
  • Masking/frog/painters tape
  • Paper – regular copy paper, newspaper, any paper 
  • Toothpick
  • Alcohol – 1 part 70% iso alcohol & 4 parts water 
  • Microfiber

What is Plasti Dip?

It’s a water-based rubber coating that lasts about 3 years if taken care of. Some benefits are that it protects your coated items against moisture, acids, abrasion, & corrosion. Much like vinyl, if you don’t like it after a while, you can just peel it off. So, it’s NOT permanent, and it won’t damage the chrome. An important tip is to not go through a car wash or spray a pressure washer directly on it. 

How to Install 

If any of these steps are confusing, the video above will show/explain further! 

  1. It’s best to install inside a garage to avoid direct sunlight, humidity, and the wind. Clean emblems thoroughly with alcohol. You can use a cotton swab or a squeegee wrapped in a microfiber to get in the edges. If you have dirt or water left on there, it won’t stick!  
  2. Tape around the emblem – about an inch or two away all the way around. 
  3. Tape paper (copy paper, newspaper) around the emblem starting at the first tape you just put down. This will need to reach out at least 2 feet to eliminate overspray. Newspaper is nice because you can have much more coverage by unfolding the papers. 
  4. Shake can for 1 min AND remember to shake in between sprays. It’s also good to do a test spray on scrap paper before spraying the emblem each time to make sure it’s spraying evenly. 
  5. Spray head on about 6” from the logo, moving side to side, slightly overlapping the strokes. Make it even. Wait 10-30 min. The time will vary based on the thickness of your coat. Also temp and humidity will delay it. 
  6. Spray from the top angle, wait 10 min minimum. 
  7. Bottom angle, wait 10 min minimum. 
  8. Side, wait 10 min minimum.
  9. Other side, wait 10 min minimum.
  10. Spray head on one last time for good measure. Wait about 30 min after this final coat. It should be dry to the touch. 
  11. Peel the tape off and try to get a head start in peeling up the excess while you’re at it.
  12. Peel away from the emblem and it should automatically cut at the base of it. 
  13. Use a toothpick or a plastic tool for the crevices if it doesn’t come out clean. 
  14. Wait about 4 hours before driving or washing your car.