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painted tire letters

finally got a tire paint pen that works good.
it wasn't too bad getting the first coat on the letters.


still want to change out the turn signals and get the black shorter progressive rear shocks too


thinking about also painting the shiny aluminum around the rims orange too.
...and maybe the shiny aluminum edges of the fins too


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Where did you get the pen?
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this pen I got at hobby lobby.
don't know if those stores are in all states though.
but any large arts and craft store should carry them.
the paint is waterproof, it cost about $7 if I remember correctly.
Harley also sells a white paint pen too.


I bought several other paint pens off of ebay, but they came with a small brush and are not actually a felt tip pen. those were messy and the paint was too thick. it was very frustrating trying to stay on the letters .....even after trying several other craft brushes...grrr!

I had to use my power washer to get that mess off, it took a while!


this pen has a plunger tip and is small enough to much more easily stay on the tire letters and not make a mess.


the store I got this one from only had white and orange colors on the shelves, but I'm sure there are other colors available if I had asked.


this one pen did do the first coat on both tires, but it ran out just as I was finishing. i'll get another one for the second coat then it will look more even.
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You can pick up acrylic paint pens almost anywhere including Walmart which is in every state. Just a word of warning, it will turn to a brown dingy color and I've found nothing that will clean it. It's most likely the oils leaching from the tire in to the paint and discoloring it.

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I have bought and seen some that are water soluble, this particular one isn't.


it takes some type of solvent to clean up.


and with the ease of how this worked, then an occasional redo isn't a big deal.


maybe some day Michelin or some one will make raised white letter tires available in these sizes. I did contact them asking if they had any available they replied, no. but also stated they would forward the idea to their dept's that could, for further review. I'm not holding my breath.
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Let me know what solvent you find that works after a couple months and few thousand miles because I need to buy some.

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Let me know what solvent you find that works after a couple months and few thousand miles because I need to buy some.

paint thinner, gasoline or any petroleum distillate.
shoot, even moonshine will work , not that I have any.
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