DIY Plastic Coating

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Things You'll Need

  • Tool dip
  • Gloves
  • Respirator
  • Goggles
  • Stirring Stick

Tool dip allows you to create a custom rubberized plastic coating for hard objects and surfaces. Tool dip can be used for many projects, but it is most commonly used to build a layer of soft plastic coating onto tool handles, making them more comfortable to hold. It is sold in a variety of colors, including a customizable version where you can add drops of dye to achieve the desired color. It is available at hardware stores.

Put on safety goggles and gloves. Tool dip emits fumes and a strong chemical odor, so a respirator is recommended. You should work in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Tool dip can be messy, so you may want to protect your workspace.

Open the can of tool dip, and stir with a stirring stick to ensure proper consistency.

Dip object that you wish to coat directly into the can of tool dip. Take your time to avoid creating air bubbles. You should try to dip the tool 1 inch per every five seconds.

Apply multiple coats of tool dip to achieve a thicker coating. Tie a string to the top end of your object, and hang it to dry. Avoid touching your object to the ground and creating a flat spot in the coating. You may recoat after 30 seconds.

Leave your object to dry for at least four hours. Ideally allow your object to dry overnight before use. There may be a chemical smell to the coating for several days, but eventually this will dissipate.


  • Tool dip is also available in a spray version, for coating large surfaces.


  • Tool dip should be used outdoors to avoid breathing in fumes. Do not allow it to come in contact with skin or eyes.