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I took one of the wheels off my '49 VAC and demounted the tire. I'm now going to prep and paint the rim. So far so good. i will then remount a tire, prying it on with metal tools scraping against my new paint job. :evil:

So what do people do? I'm thinking after remounting the tire and before airing up and seating the bead I'd mask the tire and touch up the paint. Is there no better way? :?
 

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Once you have the tire reinstalled before and even after use a sharpened popsickle stick or apaint stiring stick to smotthly spread vasoline on the tire. Do your touch up and you caneither wipe the vasoline off or just let it soak into the rubber. any paint on the stuff flakes away if you leave it.

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The inside of the rims I don't worry about after painting.
I figure they are better than they were, and in another 20 years it should only be as rusty as it was before I painted it.
For painting rims with mounted tires I coat what I don't want painted with a thick coat of petroleum jelly.
Spray or brush the rims, however I decide to do them.
Then after the paint dries wipe off the petroleum jelly and unwanted paint with a rag.

Edit: AL types faster than I do. ;)
 

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Thanks for the tips, Vaseline sounds good, but I guess I'll have to do it another way. I want to leave open the option of painting the tires with Miller's tire paint which is water based.
 

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I guess I'm just a fussbudget, but Miller's says to paint the tires aired up. My current plan is to paint the rims fully inside, and prime outside, mount the tire and then mask and paint the rim before seating the beads. I'm hoping that masking will be much easier with no air in the tire. Maybe I can even get away with just stuffing rags under the lip of the rim.
 

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I got one ready to remount a tire. Wire brushed, DA sanded, primed and painted 2 coats, just primed outside.

Ready to prep


Wire brushed.


Wire brushed and sanded.


To my dismay there is surface pitting. I don't really have time for the Cadillac job, so I'm going to just paint as-is. If the tractor ever gets purty enough for new tires I figure I can do the smoothing then.


Ready for the tire.
 

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They will look good when you paint them. I used the gray primer when I painted mine figured it wouldn't show scratches as bad but be sure you got good light when you paint cause it was hard to see where I had and hadn't painted when the paint was wet.
 

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I guess with the pits I'll settle for them looking good from 5 feet and out. :p
 

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Pits are easy to hide ifyou want to spend the time and effort. Just get some pit filler and follow the directions on its use. Sold at most paint supply stores.

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I got the tire mounted, happy to learn that they go on easier than they come off. :)



There was lots of room under the bead, so i just covered the tire with old sheets and did a first coat of silver.

 

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That's all I do, put something under the bead, air it up. Paint, Break the bead then inflate back up. A little time with a brush to touch up and it looks fine.
 

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My first time changing a tractor tire and I lived to tell the tale. :)

 
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