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#1 palacefan


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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:53 PM

I know most of you know how to do this, or you have your own technique. But I struggled with this for years untill I read in a magazine a few months ago, how to do it so easily and quickly. I have searched under wheels and there is a thread where Skii mentions capillary action but I havnt seen it explained so I thought I would give it a go.

First of all paint the wheel colour on the, you guessed it, wheel. Here I have sprayed white halfords primer from a rattle can.
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Next get the thinners of the relevant paint that you are using, here I am using enamel for the tyre colour so I will use white spirit. Obviously if you are painting with acrylics you can use water,alcohol,or the paints recomended thinners. Put the wheel on a flat surface, load a fine brush with the thinners and carefully touch the tyre on the down slope towards the rim of the wheel. The thinners will flow around the rim with capillary action, you can just about see it on the photo.
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Now load up the same brush with the tyre colour and repeat what you did with the thinners. You will see the colour run around the rim of the wheel. If it doesnt flow, dip the end of your brush into the thinners and try again. The paint will be a little thinner and will definately flow.
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You may have to do the same on the other side.
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Now you can paint the rest of the wheel, you will find that painting to the black line is alot easier than to the rim. It needs another coat here but that is simple enough.
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As you have the thinners and the paint out, give the wheel a wash of very, very dilute paint to show a little detail.
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Like I said before, most of you will know this already or have your own way. But this has been a boon to me recently, I hope this helps a couple of people.

Edited by palacefan, 31 August 2007 - 07:05 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 07:32 PM

Brilliant !! Just what I was after Thanks Palacefan :speak_cool:

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:30 PM

What an excellent demonstration :thumbsup2:

I'll have some of that next time.


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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:48 PM

Yup, thats what i do 99% of the time.
nicely explained Palacefan.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 08:38 PM

Hi Palacefan...well bug--r me sideways! never thought of that and will definitely try it. So simple, ....it always amazes me how something so logical evades the brain for so long!

Thanks again..

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 08:06 PM

Well I'll be.........
Thanks Wayne, the wheels on my propliners have taken a quantum leap.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:14 PM

Great stuff, will try this next time.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:33 PM

Great stuff Wayne, many thanks, will try it next set of wheels I paint, possibly my SE5A. :goodjob:

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:03 PM

That's good i needed to know how to do this, my tyre ended up looking square the first time i tried to paint it.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:20 PM

Just tried this and it works wonders - one of the best tips I've ever had!

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:28 PM

That looks great will have to try it.



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Posted 15 February 2008 - 08:56 AM

Great tip. The biggest difference to realistic tyres I have found is that against all logic they aren't black. I use a dark grey, maybe with some brown if operating off grass, then dry brush with lighter grey as they are never one colour either. xtracolor do a specific 'tyre black' which I tend to use a lot, from your friendly neighbourhood Hannants.

I'm sure you all know this anyway so apologies if I'm giving granny an egg sucking lesson. :confused:

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 08:59 AM

top tip and top presentation mate!!

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 05:43 PM

I'm gonna try it ! Thanks mate !

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:02 PM

Me too, thanks for the tip mate :speak_cool:

Andy :)

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 06:28 PM

Thank's, that's a big help to me. :speak_cool:

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 07:28 PM

Nice I alwas struggle with wheels, I wil try thi next time.


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 11:21 PM


All this time I've been doing it the HARD way!!! :banghead:

That is so simple!

Nice one guys! Thanks very much! :partytime:

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:01 AM

Good grief

How simple but so effective!

Why didn't I think of that?

Well done chap......just the help some of us need...............basic tips.



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Posted 10 September 2008 - 03:36 AM

Tried this the other day & it really is as simple & effective as it sounds.
Top tip!!