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Swag(paint) or not to swag(paintless)?

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  • I like the look but wouldnt do it to my rubber.

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So I just bought some new Hankook Ventus RS3s today and I think I'm going to paint the letters white with a tire specific white paint and was just wanting to see who all on here has done it, with what material/where you sourced it, results and overall impressions. I know this has been covered in one form or another but I was hoping for not just input but pictures of your own handiwork to help others in the future with a similar decision. I know this is CR but lets try to keep this on track please. :icon_cheers:
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

Sharka is the reason I even considered this and Adam has been very helpful when I have bugged him multiple times about it. :) I already have what I want to use(classic spirit white wall paint) but figured stating what others have experience with, where they sourced it and the results would help others. I will have to find the stuff I got on eBay and post a link. I started doing one tire when I was putting on the suspension but realized how time consuming it was going to he and even the small amount applied, even after trying to remove with rubbing alcohol, has stayed on quit well, so I'm optimistic about the outcome once I dive in. :)

Here is a link to what I bought:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171448497174?redirect=mobile
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

i got a white paint pen from joann fabrics, seems to do the trick
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

I did the tires on my civic with a stencil and white plasti dip, came out pretty sweet. Didn't last forever though.
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

If Falken decides to sponsor me, I'll paint the letters white. Until then, I don't need or want the extra attention.

Read: lives in California where a sticker in the wrong place will get you pulled over by the cops.
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

Yesterday I saw a first Gen MR2 lowered with racing seats, and Flaken Altenzas (whatever the Falken street slicks are). He pulled the painted look off well, but the car had a mean, old school Japanese racer vibe. I'm not sure miatas have that.
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

Just to reiterate the point of this thread....I have made up my mind but wanted others to share their experience/thoughts/pictures with others to help them make an informed decision about the options and what outcomes to expect depending on material used, etc.

Not that I don't welcome people's opinions but no need to simply post to say I should do it, not that I don't appreciate positive reinforcement but for the sake of thread integrity(if such a thing is possible when talking about such a thing) and not cluttering it up.

Adam if you have anymore information, insight or pictures to share beyond the links already posted then by all my means stop by and share and of course that goes for anyone else that's done it! :icon_cheers:
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

WWMC70D?

Do the opposite.
So we all need roll bars and faulty steering wheels.
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

I did it with my track tires, but I used applique's instead of paint.

 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

That looks great Mr Woolery! I wish my pocket book was fat enough and I brave enough to daily R888's like some but alas.... :(
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

I tested platidip, rattle-can paint, and a few different paint pens on the all-seasons I had my daisies wrapped in. All of them started to wear and fade within a week. Nearly unrecognizable by a months time. I'm not sure if it was because of the lack of prep before hand or maintenance after application. Either way, it was enough to scare me from painting my current set of Direzzas.

>hopefully this kept the thread on track
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

^^^^^ ;) I have heard similar experiences and why I chose the product I did but I agree prep probably is a fair amount of the longevity factor no matter what you use. When I was going to do my current set of RS3's I first washed the tire with soapy water and then rubbing alcohol till the rag was pretty much dirt/contaminant free. The latter being another reason I decided to wait until I had brand new tires to give it a shot, to be honest the fading wouldn't bother me as long as it was fairly uniform but that may be wishful thinking.

I'm curious to why manufacturers seemingly stopped making tires where one side is black and the other has white lettering? :dunno: I'm only 30 yrs old remember that being common place up until maybe 10 yrs ago... :dunno:
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

^^^^^ ;) I have heard similar experiences and why I chose the product I did but I agree prep probably is a fair amount of the longevity factor no matter what you use. When I was going to do my current set of RS3's I first washed the tire with soapy water and then rubbing alcohol till the rag was pretty much dirt/contaminant free. The latter being another reason I decided to wait until I had brand new tires to give it a shot, to be honest the fading wouldn't bother me as long as it was fairly uniform but that may be wishful thinking.

I'm curious to why manufacturers seemingly stopped making tires where one side is black and the other has white lettering? :dunno: I'm only 30 yrs old remember that being common place up until maybe 10 yrs ago... :dunno:
I'm interested in seeing what type of outcome you have when things are done properly. Might even convince me to take the plunge.

You can still find truck tires with the painted lettering. I see them quite often with all the lifted trucks here in south Texas.
 

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Re: to swag or not to swag? (m.net translation ;) paint tire lettering or not?)

NO WAY!! There's lifted trucks in Texas?!:haiguyths:

Nearly unrecognizable by a months time.
Funny that you say that. Mine weren't exactly unrecognizable at that point, but I was over it about a month or so.
 
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