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Old 19th July 2007, 16:05   #1
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Hi All,

The thought of painting the tyre-sidewall letters has crossed my mind a couple of times. Consequently, I did a little search on the net and have seen all sorts of suggestions/options:
  • Use normal paint: I donít think the usual paint would hold up to the heat and multiple compression/expansion cycles it would be subjected to.
  • Liquid Paper: Yes you read it right. Check:
Yahoo! Answers - Has anyone ever painted their car tyres?
  • Tyre Pens:
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Lockhart Phillips USA Tire Pens :: Misc. Accessories :: Solo Moto Parts
  • Specialized Paints:
White Wall Tire Paint for Mercedes-Benz Pontons
Ranger Tire Paint - Welcome

Are options (3) or (4) available in Bangalore (or anywhere else in India)? Does anyone on the forum have an experience with any of these?

I am not inclined to try out any random paint as some nasty ingredient in the paint might seep in and damage the tyre-rubber.

Get the comments rolling, guys!

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Old 19th July 2007, 16:08   #2
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Use camlin fabric paint
works well enough
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Old 19th July 2007, 16:17   #3
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Use camlin fabric paint
works well enough
Revvhead,
How long would it last? And, won't it get washed off in rains?
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Old 19th July 2007, 16:47   #4
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Go ahead and try using White ink, yeah u got it right, white ink is the same like that pen eraser liquid ( erazek) this sticks for a long time , only thing being that you will have to buy a good amount of it. Had helped a friend paint his tyre wall and he has used white ink, it had lasted for atleast 5 months as far as i remember
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Ive used the Tyre Pen as well as Paint. The paint will get washed off and dull in no time. Also you better be an artist to not cross the letter lines. Tough job painting those letters. Even the guy who paints number plates had a tough time doing it. (had tried it on my Maruti 800 Fronte shod with Rikin tubeless tyres, way back in 87)

The Tyre Pen is the best product, easy to use and you dont have to be an artist. Its a DIY thing. Its more like a craon than a pen and stays for a long time unless you have a penchant for getting your tyres scrubbed every morning. Whats more is it lasts a long time, is not messy and you can paint over again when the finish gets dull. Get one today. I think you'll be able to find it in Opera House. I tried it on My Premier PAdmini shod with embossed lettering Yokohamas.Looked fab
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V-16,
Thanks man! I presume Opera House is located in Mumbai. BTW, do you remember the brand name of the pen you had used? I will try getting it in Bangalore and if that doesn't work out I'll try to figure out a way to get it from Mumbai

Zeeshan, Thanks for sharing your inputs too. If I am not able to source the tyre-pen I might try this option...

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My friend used Enamel paint(used for painting metals) on his car & bike tyres. Lasted for more than 1 year after surviving the heavy downpours !
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Old 29th July 2007, 10:49   #8
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There are specific pens avaliable for use on tyre sidewalls they are the best according to me try then out they cost around 800 rs each

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There are specific pens avaliable for use on tyre sidewalls they are the best according to me try then out they cost around 800 rs each

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Too costly & not recommended !
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cheap and best option.. get the smallest oil paint can from nerolac, (white/yellow) should cost around 10 bucks.. and use a thin painting brush or cotton buds.. although its painful.. should last long enough..
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Hi Su47, just curious - which option did you finally decide upon ? I'm considering going the same way too, thought I could piggy-back on your experience
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Well,

I am thinking of having it for my tyres too , shall try any paint shop folks.

BY DIY i am worried if i may overwrite...
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and do post pictures once ur done !
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SU, What happened? did you paint the sidewall or not? I am planning to do the same and would appreciate if you could share your experience, the option you went with and where in Bangalore did you get the stuff.
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As Maverick mentioned,
The cheapest thing to do is buy a small can of Asian Paints oil paint (worth Rs.15-20) and a regular small tipped painting brush. I painted my car's tyres myself. It's been more than one month now and the paint has held on really well, even after doing long distance trips in Mumbai's rains.
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