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Technical Ford wheels painted using the card method

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by zz29, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. zz29
    Joined: Sep 7, 2017
    Posts: 234


    First timer doing anything like this. Wanted to change the color, didn’t want to remove the tires. Also just looking for a pretty decent result not concours. In the HAMB several people mentioned deflating the wheels and sticking dollar store playing cards and that’s how I did it. Shrinkwrapped the tire using one of those shrink wrap rollers. All using rattle cans. Worked perfect!. IMG_0100.JPG IMG_0139.JPG IMG_0138.JPG IMG_0148.JPG IMG_0430.JPG IMG_0429.JPG IMG_0026.JPG IMG_0033.JPG 59802854700__A6B5218C-EA73-44C4-A0B3-DE223F5D5CC6.JPG

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  2. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,601

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    I like the color.
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  3. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,554


    I'm kinda anal, so probably woulda put the cards in suits...
    Looks great though!
  4. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 956


    Neat trick.
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  5. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,949

    from Dublin, OH

    The shrink wrap was the icing on the cake in your tech tip!
    The wheels look great in blue!
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  6. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,370


    Now there's a perfect hand and PPE...:D

    Great tech @zz29 simple and economical with a positive for the pinstripes...;)

    Thanks for sharing...
  7. Excellent! I need to paint my boat trailer wheels - this is perfect.
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  8. Thanks for putting this tech tip
    Into action and sharing with us. Where did you find the shrink wrap roller thingy?
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  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 15,519


    Did you get a "run" with those cards?
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  10. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,410


    Royalshifter let me in on this about 6 or 7 years ago. It works great and is a huge time/hassle saver. I didn't bother to wrap the tires with any plastic but I wasn't painting wire wheels either.

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  11. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,863


    Nice job !

    I have seen this done before, but when I did mine recently, (which was more of a temporary fix it job), I used masking tape, and newspaper, without letting the air out of the tyres.
    The thin masking tape could be slipped down further between the rim and tyre.

    Now, with that colour and those tyres, do we get to see the rest of the project ?
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  12. Great idea,,,,,great job as well.
    They look fantastic,,,wires are hard to paint also,,,without getting it everywhere.

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  13. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,995

    silent rick

    now them is some marked cards
  14. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,596

    from Nicasio Ca

    Yep, Royalshifter gave me the tip too. Done so many I should get a new deck of cards.
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  15. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 564


    fixed it for you [​IMG]
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  16. Looks good.
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  17. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 537


    You can use 3" x 5" note or index cards too. Maybe cheaper than playing cards.
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  18. I like it! I never would have thought of this, thanks for the idea.

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  19. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,122


    Good stuff. Simple
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  20. Looks great! The cardboard divider from a box of beer is great for that sort of job also.
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  21. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,596

    from Nicasio Ca

    The nice feature of the playing cards is they are tough yet slippery enough to slide between the tire and rim far enough to stay in place on their own.
  22. Great idea, and the wheels look great. I've painted many wheels with the tires on too. But what I do is cut 6''x 12''strips of poster board about the { same idea as cards } I put the 6'' side over the rim, then take the back side of the scissors and rub over the wheel rim. I then cut on that mark. circle the wheel like that overlaping the poster board strips. Than just tape the seams with masking tape, and paint. Pretty much the same process as yours. Thanks for sharing. Ron......
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  23. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 994


    I LIKE IT ! I have painted a lot of rims over the years...always inflated...pain in the ass with tons of masking:mad:. Never thought of THIS method...thanks for sharing.
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  24. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,502


    Hey Guys,
    We did plenty of rims/wheels during our searching for the right combination of looks for the 58 Impala. We used the similar thin poster board and added the local Long Beach Press Telegram Newspaper taped to the wheel fender opening. No shrink wrap back then. The regular plastic sheet from the paint store was also expensive and large. Also, it was too expensive to cut into smaller pieces and not have a big sheet of plastic for other uses.
    For us, the poster boards were left overs from school assignments, so they were expendable. The local newspapers were in abundance, but did get our fingers black if rubbed too long. Masking tape was our friend.

    For some reason, my brother always had a good supply of spray paint cans handy. But, of course, I was the upkeep and maintenance kid, so I had to do all of the prep work. (I called it slave labor) Sometimes, he allowed me to spray the rims/wheels, as I was a better spray painter.

    The final Black spray paint job was painting the stock Buick bolt pattern steel rims/wheels to mount on new tires. It was the last look on the Impala after it was stolen and I lost the Skylark Wire Wheels. It was then, black on black on black for the final sale.
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  25. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,113


    Done this very thing a few times but the extra protection of the cling wrap will be included next time. I always make sure I spray counter to the overlap cards so the paint can't sneak through between the cards.
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  26. Good job there.....and the color is cool too !
  27. Now why didn't I think of that? Nice simple tech that even a dope like me can understand.
  28. b4autodark
    Joined: Jun 20, 2019
    Posts: 4


    Great tip. . . . Deal me in on this one!
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  29. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,792

    anthony myrick

    Solitaire, hot rod style
    Dig that blue.
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  30. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,863


    Good idea, - but unfortunately no one on this site drinks beer................:eek: :D
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