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9 Feb 2010

A GUIDE TO WHITEWALLING TYRES

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

Please note *
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

PART TWO..
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

4 Responses to “A GUIDE TO WHITEWALLING TYRES”

  1. I saw a car like yours at a park today

  2. and there was me with a decorating brush, emulsion and the wheels still on the car!!!

  3. how do you get the perfect circle round the tire did you use masking tape or anything? i want to do this to my steelies but i dnt want to have messy lines!

  4. HELLO I NEED TO PAINT MAY TIRES CAN U SEND ME SOME PAINT IN MACEDONIA WHITH POST AND HOW MUCH IS

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