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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 09, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

I have nice tires with a lot of life left in them but the white lettering is scratched in few places. Could somebody recommend a paint that I could use to redo the lettering?

The only thing I found is Duplicolor on Amazon but the reviews are very poor.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 09, 02:06 PM
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

i heard white out works great.. regular old white out used on paper, really bright white

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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

Man they used to have those white crayons just for that in the auto parts stores years back.
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

I have heard of people using white shoe polish.(The plastic bottle with the foam applicator on the end.)

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 09, 03:09 PM
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

Duplicolor makes a tire paint pen...
Jegs has them for $6.99, white, yellow or red.
http://www.jegs.com/i/Duplicolor/318/HT100/10002/-1

Edit: just saw that the duplicolor has bad review's on amazon.


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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 09, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

Thanks for replies. I was looking at the Duplicolor pen but also read the reviews on Amazon and decided to look for another alternative. I will have to try the latex paint. Unfortunately, Home Depot had only one gallon cans for the exterior one. I will have to check at the local hardware store tomorrow.
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

none of that paint stuff works.

how scratched/bad are they? try some brillo

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 09, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

One tire has paint scratched almost to the black rubber. I think only repainting will get it back to the original state.

What does the tire companies use to paint the white letters with? There is got to be a paint that will give good results. I have nothing to lose so I will try latex paint first.
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What does the tire companies use to paint the white letters with?
The white part of the tire is actually white rubber that is inlayed on the side of the tire then covered with a layer of black. The tire company then grinds off the black to expose the white. Way back before tires had white letters, I used to use regular white house paint and the flat end of a cigarette filter to do the outline on the black letters on the side of the tire. Dabbed the filter on the paint can lid to pickup some paint then lightly pressed it on the letters. Came out pretty good too.....

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 09, 04:33 PM
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Re: Need recommendation for paint to redo the white lettering on tires

I'd be tempted to try good ol' flat-white spray paint. I think it would stick better and last longer than any water-based paint. To apply the spray paint, you could get a few of those small disposable sponge brushes, spray the paint directly onto the foam of the brush, and then dab it onto the letters before the paint dries. Rust-Oleum spray paints dry slower than most, and that might work to your advantage while you're dabbing your way around the tire.
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