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DIY, Paint tire letterings.

Discussion in 'Exteriors / Body' started by theblack, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. theblack

    theblack Esperto

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    Hi All,

    After thinking about how I can make my punto unique I figured it would look nice if i painted the letterings on my tire and so decided about doing it.
    Here is a description on how to get started, hopefully you guys will find it interesting as well.

    What you need.

    1.) Oil/Enamel <you're choice> paint. ( I chose Asian paints "white"). About 200ML
    2.) Turpentine (half lt)
    3.) Paint brush
    4.) varnish (ask for colorless varnish, default is red)
    5.) some surgical gloves (so that you're hands dont get dirty)

    Total cost= 150-200Rs

    How to do it?
    Simply begin by coloring the letters but when you feel that the brush is going dry clean it with turpentine thoroughly and proceed.

    NOTE:: Apply a layer of paint and let it dry for at least a day or two
    Then apply another coat over it, let it dry as well.
    after about T+4 days coat it will a layer of varnish so that it will retain the color and look glossy as well.

    I'ts important to make sure you apply 2 layers of paint with at least a day's interval, the reason being. The first coat generally will begin to dry and start having air cracks. This can be sealed when you apply another layer.

    PS:: Just have a sturdy hand . :)

    Here are some of my pics. Comments please.
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  2. Tron

    Tron Superiore

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    @theblack, really neat job, good one! But will you post pics from distance of 10/15feet covering whole side profile?

    Also IMHO, what you have done is great if car is having Alloys. This paint job on plain stock wheel cap dosen't go well. This is what i think though(subjective matter of choice!).
    Cheers!
  3. naveen

    naveen Novizio

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    Hyderabad
    Looks good, unique and sporty !! Do post pictures of the car with those paintings on the tyre.
  4. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    theblack,
    the whites look very glossy... and looks very genuine kind of painting...
  5. Jotinder

    Jotinder Regolare

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    Linea 1.3
    Instead of paint and brush, use oil based marker. They even come in silver and gold. It will give better finish, lot less messy and easier to use.
  6. theblack

    theblack Esperto

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    Ok guys now i have a very interesting question.
    I've bragged and posted some nice pics of the paint.
    How do i make sure it stays that way now? :)
    Even i cant think of a way to prevent dust from accumulating on the paint.
    Washing it with water wont help as its oil based paint.
    Any ideas?
  7. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    Why did you used varnish ?
    eventhough it gives glossy finish,it can be washed even with water...
  8. theblack

    theblack Esperto

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    Well I dont know much about painting but i had read somewhere that varnish gives a glossy look like you said. So i planned on using it.
    But as of now I'm still waiting for the paint to dry and haven't applied varnish yet.
    Whatever be the case how do i clean the dust off the paint. I'm quite skeptical about water doing the job well.
    Are you sure water can
  9. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    aiyyyo i thought that u have already applied varnish...
    you should have taken care after paint job done...
    to remove the dust(dust + paint) from oil paint u need turpentine, you will get some portion of paint also removed,need a repaint !
  10. theblack

    theblack Esperto

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    hmm.. that's a lot of work, I think i will see how much a oil based marker costs and pick that up for touch ups thats all.
    Repainting is very time consuming and I can do it only on weekends.. It's difficult.
    let me try to find out other solutions.

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