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This guide is how I went about tackling my tyres , and i am not responsible for your tyres if they go pete-tong :tu

PART ONE*********************************************************************

So , best off removing the wheel’s off the car…if you use your car on a daily basis , i suggest you do 1 at a time

With the wheel off , what i did was wire wheel the area you intend painting , as i was going for the FAT look , the complete sidewall was done .

Once done you will need to give the tyre a good wash to get rid of any rubber particles that will have come off ..a good scrubbing with a good detergent will sort that out …just make sure it does’nt contain any wax

And give the tyre a good rinse .

Now , this will have to dry before the next stage..if your handy with a hairdryer get busy .
Next once dry, i cleaned the tyre again with a paint brush and a bit of cellulose thinner , whitespirit may do the same..and again ,this need’s to dry

This first part is the most important..get the prep right , and the next part is plain sailing :tu

so with the tyres all clean and dry , it’s time to break open the whitewall paint..

There are instruction’s on the tin …however, this next part of the guide is not..

What i did was ..an empty spray can lid or similar , spoon a bit of the paint into that , add a wee bit of whitespirit just enough to thin the paint down a bit and give the tyre a good even thin coat

Do make sure you use a good quality brush /sponge brush , That is most important ..i found that if you stipple the paint rather than stroking you get into the edges a lot easier.
With the initial first semi coat on , by the time you’ve got around the entire wheel , the first bit where you started will be dry , ready for the next coat . The next coat , use the paint direct from the tin ..this is really the first coat as directed by the tin instruction’s ..and i would suggest you do do the 3 coats as recomended.
Here’s a pic of the layer build up..

Do it like that x3 and you’ll end up with this ..

Follow the same rules with the other 3 tyres. Also ..do allow 24 hours drying before you re-fit to your car .then comes the moment you refit ..stand back , and admire your new white tyres .
The link for where to buy the paint
http://www.therustshop.com/shop/ rather apt name ehh :tu

9 Feb 2010


Author: Rat-Look.com Editorial Team | Filed under: Rat Look Guides

What you will need

*a car
*black paint (rattle can works best)
*halfords viper stripes (£9.99)
*a sharp scapel or stanley knife
*a metal ruler
*a lot of masking tape and alot of newspaper

Start off by masking up your car, cover everything like windows and
body work like this;

Then clean to roof with something like paint prep wipes (about £2.99)
this wil make sure the roof is clean and the paint sticks, the spray
the roof with a rattle can of your choice, for the first coat do a light
coat and dont spray too close because then the paint will run, with
a good rattle can it will take about 20 mins to dry, then apply your
second coat, this time make it abit heavier.

Once the roof is sprayed leave it over night and check it, if you are
happy with the thickness then you can start on the squares, if not then
you can do a few more coats.

The viper stripes come as 2 really really long strips of white vinyl,
measure how wide the strip is and cut it the same width as length so
you get perfect squares, you will need about 20/30 squares, this should
cover any roof, I think I used about 20 but my car is quite small, once
they are cut start in the middle of the roof so you can work outwards,
make sure you use a credit card or something to smooth the vinyl on,
it also helps if you have 2 people, if you do it right it should look
like this;

When you get to the edges its best to put the vinyl on then let it hang
over the edge then cut the edge off using your metal ruler and scalpel
or stanley knife, this also applies to the sunroof. Once its finished
you can either spray it with clear laquer or just leave it as it is..

I also recommend using grafitti paint instead of car paint because it
sets harder and last alot longer and also dries 10 times faster. Iget
mine from this website, you can get 3 for 14.99 and three cans is more
than enough for one roof, Iwent through about 1 and a half cans, when
you order it doesnt have to be 3 of the same colour either so you could
do a multi coloured roof base if you wanted.


10 Aug 2009

lbrench’s Guide to Checkering

Author: Rat-Look.com Editorial Team | Filed under: Rat Look Guides

Ok so here is my guide to cheap-ass painting – be warned I’m crap at writing stuff up!

Ok so for this you will need…

• A car (surprise surprise)
• Course sand paper
• 1L – 2L of the paint of your choice
• A set of 3 – 4 household paint rollers
• A 1” paint brush
• Masking tape

Time scale 1 – 3 days with all important Tea breaks!

Step One

This is basically prep work, deciding the colour you want, what you
want to paint, what you don’t want to paint, deciding what you want
to modify, what you want to fix, making sure you have all the tools
needed etc

Make sure you have a clear plan as once you start you cant turn back very easily, decide if you want to keep your trim black or even if you want to keep it at all, all the little details that will help your car stand out.

But remember to stick to your plan because if, for example, you remove
your trim and smooth over the holes, you can’t easily go back and
refit it.

Step Two

Making sure you have a car to paint (LOL) perform any repairs or modifications to the bodywork

and then sand all the areas you’re thinking of painting to achieve a rough base for the paint to key to, make sure you also key around the inside of the doors, boot lid and bonnet

This may take half an hour with an electric sander, or it may take an hour or two by hand

Tea break

After you have keyed the car it will need rinsing to remove ant dust
created by the sanding.

I suggest rinsing it with tap water and nothing else as you don’t
want a greasy surface when you come to paint.

Step three

I suggest performing this the next day but it can all be done I one
day if needs be.

Mask off all the areas you don’t want to paint i.e. windows, door
handles etc

Tea break


Step four!

Time to start getting the paint on the car.

Going around the windows, lights ETC use the 1” brush to perform the
cutting in, this way you will avoid running the roller over something
you don’t want to paint.

Tea break

Next pour a small amount of paint into your tray supplied with the
rollers and start applying it to the car, try and work in sections
(doors and wings, bonnet, grill and bumper) this will make the whole
thing easier.

Once the 1st coat is on it will need 1 – 2 hours to dry depending
on the weather so its time for

Tea break


Step five!

Make sure there are no areas you have missed whilst applying your
1st coat.

If you find anything you have missed give it a lick of paint and let
it dry.

Meanwhile with a fresh roller start applying the 2nd coat, certain
areas may need more but you can work this out when the 2nd coat is
dry, try and apply the paint in the same section order you did with
the 1st coat this way each coat has had an equal amount of drying

Tea break


Step Six

After checking to see if any panels need any more coats and re-paint
if necessary.

Open all the doors, bonnet and boot. Paint around the panels making
sure as not to drip onto any windows, seats or vital engine parts,
and allow it to dry

Tea break


Step Seven

Time for the second coat around the doors ETC

Same rules apply as in step four

Tea break

Step Eight

Now its time to remove the masking tape from the car, step back and
admire your handy work.

Step Nine (Optional)

After a few days allowing the paint to fully settle and many, many
Tea breaks (You can use the car during this stage) its time to add
and detailing you may have wanted i.e. pin striping, stencils ETC.

Be warned pin striping is not as easy as it looks, luckily for the
rat effect you can get away with it being slightly rough 😀

It may be worth noting depending on the type of paint you use you
may have to wash the car a few times before adding detailing to avoid
any residue damage caused by any chemicals from the paint.


16 Jun 2009

mada2607’s Guide to Painting Rat Style

Author: Rat-Look.com Editorial Team | Filed under: Rat Look Guides