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    Anyone ever thought of painting their tires?

    well-

    so I have a schwinn fixed gear conversion with 27 inch cr18 sun rims, with track hubs-

    I didnt want to get 700c sized wheels because they wouldnt fit right on that frame-

    as far as options for tires on 27 inch wheels-

    you never can seem to find any colored tires.... like all white or grey-

    do you think there is a type of paint that could be used to paint the tires a solid color?

    or if that just sounds bad, possibly painting the "side wall" from the typical gum color to some other color?


    if you think about it- they sell white wall paint for tires on older cars (some what walls are actually cut out, which I know), but some are actually painted on-

    any ideas?

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    I have a single all-white Olmo 27" tire, though I'd question whether you could locate another (I've been trying for a while!)

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    I've painted the sidewalls of bike tires. I used paint that is made especially for the animation industry. It's used for painting the characters onto animation cels - so the paint is made to be flexible, to adhere to acetate (or any smooth surface really), and to be waterproof. I believe it contains a vinyl polymer. The tires look okay and the paint has lasted longer on the tires than I thought it would. That paint is good stuff if you want to paint bike tires.

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    ^
    do you know what is the specific name for that type of paint?

    do you know if it covers well? do you need alot of coats to get good coverage?

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    I got it from a company called Cartoon Colour - they make the stuff right there, so they can mix any color you can think of. They're located in Culver City, CA on Linblade St. I think they might have a website these days - do a search.
    It covers quite well since it's primarily used for painting onto clear plastic. Instead of brushing it on, you "puddle" it on with the paintbrush - just as you would if you were painting cels (it flattens somewhat as it dries). While one coat works, two coats are better. I puddle it on with a flatbrush instead of a round - keeps the paint from drying bumpy.

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    hmmmm interesting-

    so with this puddling it on with a brush- how do you get an even coat? you dont do any brush work as well?

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    Just lay it on thick on a spot of the tire and evenly push the puddle of paint outwards with the brush, sort of like you would spread honey onto toast with a spoon. The paint is very opaque. I suppose you could brush it on as well, but the coat would be thinner and you might get thin brushy lines from the bristles.

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    Barbie dress-up bikes.

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    in past experiance with painting bike tires , as dumb kids, it tends to dry rot the tires more quikly and could effect the handling grip of the tire. I'm un fimilar with the paint in question frist hand, but i have used similar paints and if you were to do it i would limit it to the side wall only.
    Nashbar sells a very good looking all black tire as well as one with a white side wall line in 27" sizes.

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    It seems Otis' manhood is threatened by the thought of painting tires.

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    Anyone ever thought of painting their tires?

    Yeah; I thought of getting a Brazilian wax once, too. Once I sobered up, neither seemed like such a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
    It seems Otis' manhood is threatened by the thought of painting tires.
    The threat goes way deeper than my fragile manhood. First you paint a tire. It escalates to spray-on chrome. Then fun fabric to re-cover a saddle. Bottoms, combing the Pep Boys for color coordinated accessories.

    Goodbye vintage bike, hello My Little Pony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    The threat goes way deeper than my fragile manhood. First you paint a tire. It escalates to spray-on chrome. Then fun fabric to re-cover a saddle. Bottoms, combing the Pep Boys for color coordinated accessories.

    Goodbye vintage bike, hello My Little Pony.
    ...the horror, the horror...

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    There are several tire paints online but usually you have to buy enough to do a hot rod. a lifetime supply for bikers.
    I think any paint with a little flexability will work and I would instinctively lean towards latex just because it seems more in keeping with the tire chemistry.
    If you do the treads, take it easy on corners for a few miles. I don't think it will last long on the treads but you don't know till you try how dramatically it will come off.
    I have spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak View Post
    Anyone ever thought of painting their tires?
    Yes. and I thought of giving my cat a bath. The cat liked it, but the fur stuck to my tongue.

    Seriously, no. Just never thought of it.

    They used to sell kits to do auto tires, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    The threat goes way deeper than my fragile manhood. First you paint a tire. It escalates to spray-on chrome. Then fun fabric to re-cover a saddle. Bottoms, combing the Pep Boys for color coordinated accessories.

    Goodbye vintage bike, hello My Little Pony.
    Never mind the manhood threats, pink paint or fur - WHERE CAN YOU GET SPRAY _ ON CHROME??? Been looking for years for various jobs, the closest thing I've ever found has a chromed rattle can cap and what seems like silver grey metallic paint inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Yes. and I thought of giving my cat a bath. The cat liked it, but the fur stuck to my tongue.
    You are seriously testing my Sailor genetic tendancies here....

    Must.Resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    You are seriously testing my Sailor genetic tendancies here....

    Must.Resist.
    Hey, that's one of Carlin's 7 words I think you're thinking......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller View Post
    Never mind the manhood threats, pink paint or fur - WHERE CAN YOU GET SPRAY _ ON CHROME??? Been looking for years for various jobs, the closest thing I've ever found has a chromed rattle can cap and what seems like silver grey metallic paint inside.
    Fur aside,
    The closest I've ever seen is Testor's for plastic, and it's like a super-fine silver metallic.
    The Krylon with the chrome cap is not even close.
    Some auto body shops have small, gallon-size plating devices for re-doing car emblems, etc, and would charge you a fee, of course. Other than that, I've not seen it for a decent price, anywhere. My local powdercoater can do black chrome, small pieces, but I think he's got a $50 min.

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    I got a buddy in the powdercoating business (http://www.awesomepowdercoat.com/). He's got a product that looks a lot like chrome. Not really durable though.
    car parts places used to sell chrome tape. probably still do. The model car builders have a product called Bare Metal Foil that looks like a million bucks but it's really more appropriate for model cars.
    I have spoken.

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    Thanks for the chrome substitute info guys, it's actually for some .177 target air ***** parts, not bike parts, so these ideas might work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    The threat goes way deeper than my fragile manhood. First you paint a tire. It escalates to spray-on chrome. Then fun fabric to re-cover a saddle. Bottoms, combing the Pep Boys for color coordinated accessories.

    Goodbye vintage bike, hello My Little Pony.
    HAH! My Little Pony... Yeah, it can get pretty scarey.

    I must confess I had thought of covering the tubing of my beater commuter bike with gray fake fur. I already call it my little Burro, so I figured, hmmm...

    Decided the fur would retain too much water when it rains or snows - definitely bad for steel tubing.

    And then I would need to currycomb my bike too - NAH!

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    Well, I do have an all-white build, though it has light tan skinwall tires...

    (Old photo - now has period Raleigh waterbottle)


    Hmm...white hubs, Sante seatpost, tires...

    -Kurt
    Last edited by cudak888; 10-12-08 at 12:27 AM.

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