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White wall porta walls and white wall paint

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Foulkkustoms, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Foulkkustoms
    Joined: Sep 24, 2012
    Posts: 86

    from Arkansas

    I bought new tires mom wondering how good the porta walls work and how good is the paint.

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  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,136


    Probably should have bought WWW's. :D I've never seen a fake white wall, that didn't look fake.
  3. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,000


    There are those who swear by portawalls but they flap when you drive down the road which looks like crap AND make civilians think your tires are coming apart.

    There are those who swear by the whitewall paint but it takes a lot of careful prep and doesn't last all that long. Every painted tire I ever saw looked good in photos but not in real life.

    I finally broke down and spent real money on wide whitewalls for my '53 Chevy last year and the difference was night and day. As Pinhead said in that horror flick from the '80s whose name I can't remember, "I can't believe I even hesitated!"
    Joined: Feb 16, 2010
    Posts: 622


    If you go the paint route, I've been told the white wall pait for tires is just re-packaged white roofing paint. You think about it, a guy on eBay selling his own label of white wall paint out of his house, where's he getting it, he sure is hell isn't making it.

    I've heard of people using Ames Snow Seal, or any other comperable elsto brand roofing paint, with success.
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  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 12,598


    Yes. The kind I use is called Seal-Best white elastomeric roof coating, same shit. Half a gallon for $11 The shit you buy online is just that, put in a can and charging you 10x more.

    It takes a lot of time to make convincing whitewalls with snow seal, you'll want to use an 80 grit DA pad and take all the lettering off of the sides first, so you have a smooth surface, then you need to clean them really good with lacquer thinner to get rid of all the brown mold-release oil, then 4 or 5 coats for coverage.

    I've done it on several cars and I was plenty happy with the results vs spending $1000 on new tires, but I've seen a lot of sloppy jobs where people got impatient and it ended up looking like shit.

    It's not as good as the real thing, but it's a good low-budget option if you take your time.

    Portawalls are dogshit, they're not made for radial tires, they'll dig a groove into your sidewall and they'll fly off after about 1000 miles, sometimes damaging your paint. Don't even bother.
  6. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 868

    from Houston

    When I was a kid in the 50's if your ol man had porta walls everybody knew you were doomed..
  7. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 7,586

    Atwater Mike

    My bud put them on his channeled '30 'A' Coupe we built over a summer...(we were 15)
    His were the thicker ones, with a ridge on the outer circumference. (16" steel wheels)
    They never did come quite white, sort of a 'beige'...but when we gave the Coupe 2 coats of black synthetic enamel, (New in '57!) the porta walls looked great!

    Then he squashed & ripped one on a curb at Santa Clara High...Left the car parked there, went to class.
    After school, the Drivers Ed Nazi (Mr. Frank Wright) thought the 'parked hot rod' had a slashed tire. So, he called the police...Motorcycle patrolman was dispatched to the scene...
    Good thing the cop was a rodder ('36 Ford Roadster pilot!) as he knew it was a Port a Wall!
    The Coupe ran around with that ripped Port a Wall for a month...Took that long to conjure up a broken set...Bill Seagal to the rescue, Urzi's Chrome and Custom parts, San Jose!

    How do I remember this shat???
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    Joined: Jun 8, 2004
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  9. Foulkkustoms
    Joined: Sep 24, 2012
    Posts: 86

    from Arkansas

    I've been searching all week on different forums and I've found roof paint, krylon fusion to paint tires to be white wall. What other paints work good?

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  10. mopar210
    Joined: May 18, 2008
    Posts: 392


    I had porta walls on the 29. I ran them for the 2 seasons I drove it. They didn't flap or come apart , they seemed like decent quality and quite stiff , the problem I had was that the oils from the tires bled through and looked like hell. Took them off 2 times and painted both sides with krylon plastic paint-that worked for about a month. My next wide whites will be factory whites.

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  11. davidwilson
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 596

    from Tennessee

    i've ran portawalls for years - gotta know how to use them - tires have to be at least 2-3" wider than the rims to keep the portawalls firmly against the tires - after mounting them, let all air out of the tires & take a rubber hammer & drive them into the wheel bead until fully seated, then air the tires back up - any bleed thru from the tires can be washed off with acetone (needs to be done occasionally)
  12. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,671

    41 C28

    I had port a walls on my 41 Chrysler with 600 x 16 tires for years. They fit tight and didn't flop.
  13. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 604


    The newer the tires, the worse any paint will work on them. Gotta let them dry/gas out for some time.
  14. Tried all of those things and finally decided clean black walls just don't look so bad.
    Except on Cadillacs.:D
  15. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,086

    from Texas

    Johnny Freakin Spamathon (tm)

    Did your search, uh, not a thing related to this thread.

  16. caton462
    Joined: Jul 17, 2013
    Posts: 165


    I had a set of porta walls that fit the tire nicely, but had to carry a rubber mallet to beat them back in every now and again because they walk out when driving above 80 as I recall.

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