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Old 08-08-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Painting the spare tire cover

Hi,
I'm planning on getting a spare tire cover for my jeep and I want to paint it.

Has anyone here done the same? And if so, what paints would you suggest.

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Old 08-08-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Um, why not just get the correct color to begin with?

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Okay, I should clarify.
Instead of getting a design on the wheel cover, i want to paint my own design.

I was curious to know if anyone else had done the same.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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I have! I got one of these:
Amazon.com: Jeep Wrangler 32" Rigid Tire Cover - Black Textured: Automotive

Painted it with a combination of airbrush and acrylic paint and then used this to clear coat it:
RustOleum.com

It's dark out tonight so I'll snap a pic of it tomorrow.
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I have! I got one of these:
Amazon.com: Jeep Wrangler 32" Rigid Tire Cover - Black Textured: Automotive

Painted it with a combination of airbrush and acrylic paint and then used this to clear coat it:
RustOleum.com

It's dark out tonight so I'll snap a pic of it tomorrow.
Great! I'd love to see it!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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I like sugar skulls and neon...

Hope I helped! And post a pic when you finish, I'd love to see.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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I like sugar skulls and neon...

Hope I helped! And post a pic when you finish, I'd love to see.
Did you pick the hard spare tire cover over the soft one for any particular reason?

And that looks so cool with your bright green jeep!!!
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Thanks so much!
I picked the hard one because I knew from experience that I could airbrush and clear coat on the hard plastic and it'd hold up through weather and wear and tear. I've never painted on the sort of material they use for the soft covers and was afraid of cracking/peeling. It'd probably be ok, I just wasn't sure so I didn't.
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I got a 'free' cover from the dealer that had his ad over the entire back. I happened to have some spray paint that was designed for plastic / vinyl. It covered the white dealer lettering, but it's still a bit sticky to the touch (after months). So it will work, but it's not really pretty.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:25 AM   #11
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Here is How I Painted my Spare Tire Cover

OK so here it is. To paint a soft vinyl tire cover, buy the Baer premium ultra sample size paint. Its only a few dollars a jar and it sticks to vinyl. Make sure the cover is clean before you paint, no road dust or anything. Use Rustolium spray paint to put a base coat on (black matched perfect for mine since I used it to cover the dealers logo). If your a good free hand painter then once you put a few coats on the tire with the spray paint and it has dried (maybe over a few days, see directions on the can) then go ahead and start painting. However, if you are like me and need a little help use an older style overhead projector(bought or borrowed, local schools may oblige) and draw you image on a transparency sheet and then place it on the machine, line the machine to where it lines up your image to the size you want on the cover and then trace it with chalk. Chalk comes off easy if you make a mistake and will be permanent enough to paint over. Once you have the image on the cover start painting with the Baer paint. The rest depends on your speed as an painter, took me several hours, but it was worth it. When you are all done and the paint had dried use Rustolium clear gloss proofer spray to weather protect it. Several coats will be the best.
All together its about $30 -40 depending on how many colors you get, both cans of spray paint run $4 to $8, the baer samples $3, not to mention the projector and brushes, best to borrow those for free.

Hope this helps those out there who wish to add some art to their jeep.
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I got a 'free' cover from the dealer that had his ad over the entire back. I happened to have some spray paint that was designed for plastic / vinyl. It covered the white dealer lettering, but it's still a bit sticky to the touch (after months). So it will work, but it's not really pretty.
I used plastic paint on my interior door covers, mine was sticky too. Shoot it with a couple light coats of clear coat. I used a matte finish and now its not sticky at all.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:04 PM   #13
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vinyl graphics on tire cover

had anyone put die cut vinyl lettering or graphics on a tire cover ? as the vinyl is flexible, i would think it might work
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had anyone put die cut vinyl lettering or graphics on a tire cover ? as the vinyl is flexible, i would think it might work
I have... I work at a sign shop covered the dealership logo with matte black vinyl then put

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mud tracks on it.. held up pretty good but tire marks r starting to come off one by one..

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