Many Good Ideas & One Bad One for the Air Dry Plastic & Vinyl Coater

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plastic_coat_vinyl_coatingI’m exposing myself as an uber-geek with this post, but when I first saw the bucket of Air Dry Plastic Coating from Gempler’s, my first thought was NOT “Wow, now I can insulate some of my tools.” Instead, it was “Wow, if I dumped a couple of these over my head, I could TOTALLY be that monster who killed Lt. Tasha Yar for Halloween!”

Admittedly, that’s a fairly stupid idea to indulge in. While there isn’t a corrosive hazard symbol on the container, pouring a fumey, flammable, tar-like chemical all over one’s body probably wouldn’t be the brightest thing to do, especially seeing as there’d probably only be two people (MAX) in the room who’d know who Armus was. We suggest putting the Star Trek Next Generation fantasies aside for the moment (sulk!) and focusing on the intended uses for Plastic Coating.

And what are these intended uses, you ask? By dipping, painting or spraying Plastic Coating on your tools, you can insulate and protect them against rust, moisture, salt, corrosion, abrasions and chemicals such as acids, alkalis and gasoline. This can also be handy for adding additional grip and if you’re working outside in the hot sun, you won’t risk a branding iron effect when you grab the handle of your wrench or pliers. I like that. Once set, Plastic Coating won’t get bubbly or melty and also won’t crack, chip or peel.

If you’re not crazy about black, it comes in a variety of colors including green, red, yellow and clear. A gallon of Air Dry Plastic Coater, which offers coverage 36 for 40 sq. ft., will set you back a spendy $107 on the Gempler’s website.

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Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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6 thoughts on “Many Good Ideas & One Bad One for the Air Dry Plastic & Vinyl Coater”

  1. Another use:
    Made a Batman mask for my son by placing plastic shopping
    bag over head (OF COURSE I LEFT BREATHING HOLES) and
    wrapping with packaging tape, trimming and finishing up with
    the black spray-on plastic coat spray. Ended up looking great,
    and lasted a couple of months before his head outgrew the
    mask without flaking and cracking (the mask, that is).

    • Assen, your son and I are counting on your comment being a joke. If not, even with the “breathing holes” disclaimer, I hereby award you the “Comment most likely to result in a reply from Child Protective Services award”! I’m pretty sure we’re going to need a link to a photo, or else it didn’t happen.

    • Well, it turns out Assen wasn’t kidding. He immediately emailed photos as proof. While we applaud you’re creative use of this product, our lawyers are begging us to say that we generally don’t recommend any process that involves putting plastic bags over anyone’s heads! For those of you curious, here is one of the pics straight from Assen.

    • Assen back-channeled me some info via email and I thought I should share it:

      Inspiration came from this Instructables article
      who did a much better job than I, but my son was insistent,
      so we cobbled it together in 30 minutes by using the thin
      packing tape rather than duct tape.

      The clincher, though, was the plastic spray, which really
      brought it all together.

      I’m moving from slightly terrified to impressed on this one!

  2. Jen, I feel so geek-enlightened. And to think I had no idea who Armus was. Now I’m not going to be in that shameful majority not hip to all this at my next party. Plus I love how tar monsters speak very acceptable English!


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