View Full Version : Plasti-Dip your headphones (Pioneer HDJ-2000k tutorial!)

04-03-2013, 10:58 PM
So this past weekend, I managed to drop my brand new HDJ-2000k's twice. Luckily, there wasn't too much damage to the finish, but there were some scuffs and chips along the edges of the surface...still enough to piss me off since they're pretty new.

Now, I'm a very subtle guy when it comes to my appearance...I like blacks and greys, and the same applies to my cars and gear. The original HDJ-2000k's have a nice gunmetal finish to them, but it's still glossy. I had a brilliant idea today---why not make my headphones matte black? Better yet, why ruin the great gunmetal finish on them with cheap black spray paint when I can use Plasti-Dip to coat them...then once I get tired of it, or if they get dropped and scuffed again, just peel the shit off?? Brilliant, right? I know!

I don't work for Pioneer or Plasti-Dip, but I do endorse both of these products because of their quality and ease of use. So, let's get on with the tutorial!

Original Pioneer HDJ-2000k:


Step 1: Use painters tape to mask off the parts of the headphones that you don't want the Plasti-Dip to cover. I didn't mask the hinges, but they turned out 100% functional afterward. Also, clean your headphones very well before, you do not have to scuff or prep the surface at all:


Step 2: Use a can of Plasti-Dip, whichever color creams your twinkie. I like matte black, so that's what I used. Spray lightly on the first coat. Then apply 2-3 additional light coats. Don't panic when you see that the original coats look very orange-peely and gritty. This is normal and it will smooth away once it dries (give it at least 2 solid hours of drying time):


Step 3: Carefully peel off the painters tape. Be sure to peel away from the painted surface, otherwise you might accidently peel away the parts that you actually want covered. You're done!


Here are the top reasons why I did this, and you should too:

1. Headphones are expensive. Plasti-Dip gives them a rubberized protective coating that withstands scuffs, chips, and bangs.

2. Plasti-Dip is cheap. I bought mine for $6 at Wal-Mart. If you hate the way it looks, you're only out $6.

3. Plasti-Dip is 100% removable. If you want to redo it or just remove it, you just have to peel it off---check out youtube vids on how easy this stuff is to remove. Your original finish stays flawless.

4. I like matte/flat finishes instead of flashy, glossy finishes.

Hope this helps anyone who wants to protect their headphone's finish, or anyone who wants to give their gear a fresh new look!

04-03-2013, 11:54 PM

I wouldn't do that to my headphones, but plasti-dip is wonderful stuff.

If you mess up, it's so easy to remove.

04-04-2013, 07:04 AM
Looks sweet man! Never realized how cheap and easy plasti-dip is!

04-04-2013, 10:54 PM
Thanks guys. Wanted to follow up with an update. To test how easy this stuff was to remove, I went ahead and spent about 15 minutes today peeling all of the previous work off. Then, I masked off just the headband, removed the earcups and masked the driver area, and went buck wild on the cans. I love the way they came out.