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#1 MolonLabe OFFLINE  

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Posted January 12, 2016 - 09:59 AM

My son asked me recently "how do you mount new tires without scratching up the new paint on the wheel?. This is the technique I showed him that I've used for years.

 

First prep the wheel, clean, sand and paint the inside of the rim (if necessary) and allow to dry.

 

Mount the new tires and leave the beads unseated.

 

Take an old inner tube the size of the wheel (never throw away an old inner tube) and cut it in half along the inside and outside circumference. An 8" tube in this case.

 

Stretch the tube half between the inside of the rim and tire bead and apply your paint.

 

Remove the tube half once the paint sets and inflate the tire.

 

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No chips, scratches or touch-up required!

 

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Posted January 12, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I do the same basic thing, just use thin card board instead of tubes.


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 01:07 PM

Very nice. I use cardboard or newspaper. I usually cover the entire tire. Some paint always seems to get beyond the paper and onto the tire if I don't cover it completely. 


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 02:22 PM

The main point is that painting the wheels before mounting the tire is not in one's best interest. I used to do it myself and always ended up touching up around the edges of the rim from gouges and scrapes caused by either screwdrivers or mounting bars and they never looked perfect. There are many good ways to mask off tires mounted on the rim and this is just one more. Most of us have old tubes laying around that can be used for this purpose, they are reusable and easy to store hanging from a nail on the wall. The important thing to take away from this is to paint the wheel after mounting the tire if you really want the finished product to look pristine.


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Posted January 15, 2016 - 10:31 PM

I take a tube of grease and out it on the side wall. Paint the wheel than wipe off the grease
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