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Looking for Tips on Tire Lettering

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Looking for Tips on Tire Lettering
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 1:54 PM
Does anybody have some tips or tricks for painting the raised white letters on tires? I tried using a brush, but the finished product looks bad. I am trying to find a better way.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 2:18 PM
I've heard lots of methods, but there's only a couple that work for me:

1. I use a piece of white chalk pastel that has been sharpened in a pencil sharpener. You can pick out the lettering quite easily, and any mistakes can be wiped away with a brush dipped in alcohol). Blow the dust off and then spray with flat-coat overtop. This method gives me the best results.

2. I've also had moderate success by putting some white paint on an index card or a post-it note. I then 'dab' the raised lettering in the white paint. It's a bit of a hit-and-miss technique, but when it works, it works fairly well. The biggest challenge is getting the right amount of paint onto the card. Too much will just make a mess and too little won't leave a good impression.

3. If you're trying to paint the letters in with a brush, I'd suggest a couple of things:
a. Use a magnifying glass of some sort. You will have much more control.
b. Use a brush that has long, thin hairs (I think they're called 'liner' brushes?). They hold a good amount of paint and really work well for this type of work.

Good luck.

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 4:22 PM
I use a fine white gel pen. Works quite well.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 3:38 AM
I have had some luck using a Presto Correction pen with the fine point. This is liquid white out, when done spray an overcoat of flat-coat.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 2:22 PM
All good tips! I was thinking of trying a paint pen, but I don't know how fine the tips are. I hadn't thought about a gel pen or correction pen. The chalk sound like a good idea also. I'll have to give some of these a try and see which works best. Thanks guys.

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