How to make whitewall tires

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How to make whitewall tires
Paint your tires to give your car a fashionable look (whitewall image by Dank Van Rank from

Sometimes nothing makes a classic car stand out quite like the look of whitewall tires. These are standard tires that have a painted or rubber white rim surrounding the hub cap. If you want to make your own whitewall tires, you can do so rather easily with a basic white tire paint and the proper application process. Once finished, you can cruise around town with tires mimicking the real thing.

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Things you need

  • Dust sheet
  • Garden hose
  • Degreaser
  • Rag
  • Lint-free cloth
  • White tire paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Lay down a cloth onto a flat workspace.

  2. 2

    Remove the tire from the vehicle and place it on top of the cloth so that the outside rim is facing upwards.

  3. 3

    Spray the tire with a garden hose to remove debris.

  4. 4

    Clear grease from the exterior of the tire by applying a degreaser to it.

  5. 5

    Rinse the degreaser off of the tire with the garden hose. Allow the tire to dry completely before continuing to the next step. You can dry the tire with a lint-free cloth to speed up the process.

  6. 6

    Apply the white tire paint onto the tire with a paintbrush. Work from the inside rim of the tire outwards. Paint only up to the grips of the tire so that you have painted an even white ring.

  7. 7

    Apply a second coat of white paint to the tire after 24 hours. Return the tire to the vehicle once the second coat of paint has completely dried.

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