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#1 elcaminokurt


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Posted 30 April 2011 - 03:57 PM

I bought new tires for my Brat last summer. I really wanted white letter tires, but the tire dealer I went through was unable to locate any. I know it sounds hokey, but have any of you tried the tire paint pens? Or, has anyone heard of other methods of getting the white letter look?
Thanks, Kurt

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:48 AM

Boy Kurt, this goes back a long way for me.

I tried that stuff many years ago, like 1974 or thereabouts. The "stuff" came in what was like a crayon, similar in consistency to those touch up putty sticks used for wood in the home/boat. IIRC it never worked or covered very well, and didn't stay on very long. Even at it's best, it looked kinda hokey. If you want a sample, I may even have the rest of that stick laying around in a box of small car stuff I found awhile back that I can send to you.

It just wasn't worth it.

Just my 2 bucks

#3 davebugs


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Posted 01 May 2011 - 08:57 AM

I lost this reply the other night.

In the 70's we used to do this to the fire truck tires before parades. Worked well for that but they were hardly "daily drivers".

You may have to be specific. They make white tire crayons but I'd guess a tire LETTERRING crayon may be different since you're using it for a specific purpose and want bright white not to simply mark tire problems and mark which corner of the car they came off of.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:30 PM

I have seen a spray that will give you the white lettering effect but you have to mask off all the letters before you spray it. I don't remember what it was called or where you can get it. All I know is that its out there somewhere...

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

Plain old "White Out", is what I used to use on race-car tires. You wouldn't believe how long it lasts, and looked fine from the grandstands.

The other thing that might work is a Dykem white paint pen. They'll mark on anything and come in all kinds of colors.


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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:32 PM

I bought new tires for my Brat last summer. I really wanted white letter tires, but the tire dealer I went through was unable to locate any. I know it sounds hokey, but have any of you tried the tire paint pens? Or, has anyone heard of other methods of getting the white letter look?
Thanks, Kurt

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:10 PM

A plain old plumbers paint pen will do a great job. I get mine at NAPA, and they do the trick great. Shake the pen back and forth, get the paint flowing out the tip, and carefully apply. I've been doing so since 01 or so. Did so alot more back when I was into the "street race" scene. I still do so on a few rigs. I always had orange, or red lettered tires, and was constantly being asked where I got them. Nobody ever figured that it was a simple paint pen.

It lasts about 3 months before needing to be touched up (In my perfectionist opinion). It holds up to tire shine, and washing. It may not hold up as well through mud. I don't know, as all the cars I did it to were lowered street vehicles. If you want to take it off, it comes of with Westleys tire bleech.

There's no need to buy anything expensive. The paint pen sticks are about $5, and will do a set of tires numerous times.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

I realize I'm REALLY late on this, but check this out, it is the best thing I've used for tire lettering and its not even close. www.ironcrossinnovations.com

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