How to Paint the Wheels on your Car

How to Paint the Wheels on your Car

Hey guys Chrisfix here and today. I’m going to show you how to paint your wheels in this video I’m going to be painting these steel wheels to make them look Amazing and to transform the look of this car because personally I don’t like the look of hubcaps Especially these hubcaps and under those hubcaps these steelies are all rusty and look horrible 🙁 So we’re going to go from these ugly rusted wheels to this which looks amazing and really transforms the look of the car The process I’m about to show you will work for any wheel you want to paint whether aluminum alloy chrome or steel And I’m going to be using common tools So you could do this at home if you have aluminum wheels that are polished and shiny [I] have a video on Scratches and curb rash on those and then polish them up in clear coat them I’ll leave a link to that video in the description, but if you want to paint your wheels then this video is for you So let’s begin Now there are five simple steps to spray paint your wheels the first step is to clean the rim with Soapy water to remove any grease Brake dust or Road grime the second step is to smooth down any [rust] scratches or curb rash with a metal wire brush Sandpaper or a flap wheel Step three is to wipe [down] the rim with alcohol to clean the surface for paint step four is to paint the wheel with primer and Step five is to paint the wheel with any color you want This will take you about two hours total to do all four wheels so let’s get started The first [step] is to take the wheels off your car and Clean them with soapy water you want to remove any brake dust and grease [that] might be on the wheels It doesn’t have to be perfect because the next step we’re going to sand down the wheel which will remove most of the brake dust anyway so just make sure you get all the grease off now with the wheel clean the next step varies based on the condition of your Wheel now what we want to do is we want to make this wheel as smooth as possible Any little rough spots scratches curb rash or any other damage will show up through the paint so you have to smooth those down? So if you have any deep scratches that Gouge into the metal get one of these 120 grit flat disks and smooth it out just like I showed you in the aluminum wheel repair video And you could do the same thing with 400 grit sandpaper [it] Just takes a little bit longer since these wheels are steel wheels and we’re dealing with all this rust Not really scratches are couches or curb brush. I’m going to use a metal wire brush on my angle grinder now This is a fine metal wire brush compared to a thicker metal wire brush And we only need fine because this rust [isn’t] [bad] at all And the good thing is both of these could be bought for [less] than 20 bucks [now] if you don’t have a dremel or an angle grinder you can use old fashioned sandpaper to sand down the wheel just like in the aluminum wheel repair video you go from 400 to 600 to 800 to a thousand grit to smooth down this whole surface You’ll get the same results with the sandpaper as you will with anything else it just takes a lot longer Which is why I’ll be using the angle grinder and remember if your wheels are steel just like this which you could tell because the magnet sticks to them it takes a lot more pressure and a lot more time the Sand scratches smooth in steel because steel is harder compared to aluminum aluminum will sand a lot faster now [let’s] get started removing this rust now at this point. We want to use I lung and hearing protection We don’t want this dust to get in our lungs or our eyes and the little metal pieces on the wire brush tend to shoot out if it hits a rough patch So you don’t want that in your eye? Now we’re going to start by sanding the whole wheel down the goal here is to get the surface Completely smooth and rust free focus on removing that surface rust Make sure you get into all the difficult spots like the center of the wheel here While you do this pay attention to the Tire stem So you don’t damage it and make [sure] you don’t forget about the edge of the Rim But be careful with the tire because you want to do your best to not hit the tire with the wire wheel Finally get over by the wheel weight now you might want to take the wheel weight off when you paint the rims That’s up to you I’m not going to because you’re going to have to balance the wheels afterwards these are brand new Tires And I’m not getting [them] balanced again So I’m keeping the weight on I could always touch up the paint if the wheel weight ever has to get removed Make sure you get in every crack and crevice you want to make sure you remove all the rust and any Imperfections because that’ll show right through the paint you can see this spot looks clean and free of rust but upon closer inspection it still Has some roughness to it this roughness will show right through the paint just like this, so make [sure] you get it completely smooth Now look at that difference make sure you do that for the entire Wheel even if your wheel is in great shape with no rust or scratches [sand] the whole surface down with 600 Grit so the paint has something that grab onto this will make the paint last a lot longer And resist chipping and peeling now. I told you to wear eye protection and check this out This is why these little pieces of metal from the wire wheel come flying off and imagine if this went and hit your eye So be [smart] and be safe because that’s very important all right this looks great It’s completely smooth with no rust or deep scratches [a] little bit of black left over is the original Powder coating and it’s not coming Off that easily so [you] can spray right over it without any problems now on to step [three] the first thing I like to do is I like to hit the wheel with some compressed air or if you don’t have an air compressor a leaf Blower would work well and just blow all [that] dust that you created from sanding off the wheel If you don’t have some type of pressurized air, then just wipe the wheel off with the towel now [for] step three We’re using rubbing alcohol pour the alcohol onto a paper towel preferably a paper towel That’s low lint and just make sure you rub down the whole wheel to get it clean Every surface should be touched by the alcohol and paper towel we use alcohol because alcohol is a good solvent plus It’s very volatile So it evaporates and dries quickly you want to clean the wheel until you can wipe the wheel with a new paper towel And it’s completely clean like this once your towel is clean you are ready for step 4 spraying primer For step four find a spot away from anything you wouldn’t want to get overspray on such as your car Now the hardest part about painting is not getting any paint on your tire so I have two tricks that we’re going to use to help with that [the] first trick is tire shine gel get a bunch of Tire shine gel on the applicator and spread it on [the] outside of your tire being careful not to touch the [rim] at all if you get anything on the wheel or Even on the outside of the rim make sure you clean it off [with] alcohol right away Because the paint won’t stick and that’s the whole purpose of using tire gel if you get any overspray You’re just going to wipe it off because the overspray is going to stick to the gel and the [gel] Provides a protective coating and to make sure you don’t get the tire shine on the rim here Don’t go, so close leave a little gap that’s where trick number two comes in Handy using index cards and All you’re going to do is stick the notecards between the Rim and the tire All the way around so as we spray we’re going to have to go all [the] way across the wheel so the Index cards will protect the tire from overspray And if you happen to get some overspray on the tire the tire shine will make it real easy to remove that Overspray and the paint won’t stick to the tire one more thing to protect the valve stem [I] like to use the tip of a finger from an old glove and just cut it off then it slides right over the valve Stem just like that all right. We are ready to spray primer we use primer first because it bonds well to the metal and fills in small surface blemishes like Scratches it also gives the colored paint a really good surface to bond to now a helpful trick I learned for spray paint if the air temperature is less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit [put] your can of paint in warm water make sure the water is between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit Which is basically the temperature of the hot water coming out of your sink doing this will give you a better spray pattern and less Orange peel and this cans nice and warm, so let’s go paint now. We’re ready to spray our primer make sure you read the instructions on the back of the paint can to determine what temperature range your good paint in how far to Hold the can from the wheels and how long you have between coats Make sure you paint in low humidity and with little to no wind when painting never start or stop spraying with a nozzle pointing directly At the wheel [you] [always] want to start from the outside Go across and end on the outside this will help your paint job Look a lot better for your first coat get a light even coat and don’t worry about complete coverage I start spraying with the can further away from the wheel And then I move in closer until I find the sweet spot where the paint gets evenly applied to the wheel Just like that So now our first light coat looks awesome Now remember to put the can back in the warm water while we wait two to three minutes between coats Three minutes later let’s do our second coat on a second coat We want to make sure that we cover all the wheel with primer and make sure you spray at different angles to get complete coverage You don’t want to see any bare metal at the end of this coat and one thing I like to do is go around the whole outside of the rim to make sure you get coverage between the notecard and the Rim And now you just have to wait another two minutes And we could spray the final coat [of] primer all right [onto] the final coat of primer Now is a good time to put your colored spray paint in the warm water and let it heat up with this last coat I’m going to slow down the motion of my arm a little bit which will make this last coat just slightly thicker and this will Help with the orange peel you don’t want it too thick though because then you’ll get paint that runs and that won’t be good So just finish up this last coat So there’s an even and full coverage And it’s that simple all three coats of primer are on and if you’re curious I used about one-third of the can so you can easily do two to three wheels with one can and that’s doing three coats each And to get a close-up. You can see how good this came out The finish looks nice and smooth and now we have about ten minutes for the primer to be ready for our black goop One thing I want to [mention] when you take the spray paint out of the water make sure you wipe it down good So none of the water drips onto the wheel as you’re painting now with the color you’re going to do the exact same process We just did with the primer spray a light even first coat and don’t worry about covering up all the gray make sure you stop And start spraying with the nozzle pointed away from the [surface]. You’re painting just like that After our first coat we wait three minutes and let it dry three minutes later. We [could] hit it with a second coat Make sure you cover up all the gray primer with this coat and spray it different Angles along the wheel Now we’re done with the second coat, so let’s give it three minutes and start our third coat all Right we’re on our final coat for the final coat. I’m slowing down my arms Just a little bit so that we can get a slightly thicker coat. Just like we did for our third coat of primer [and] Again, I’ll spray the rim at different Angles to get complete coverage And we are done if you want you could put a layer of clear coat on here for a glossy finish [but] this black paint I use has a glossy finish without clear coat, so it saves us a step by the way I highly recommend this paint. [I’ll] leave a link in the description to where you can get it I used it to undercoat my truck and I use it for painting all my suspension parts It’s Durable, and it’s just so [easy] to spray to make it Look good Now the last thing you want to do is you want to remember to pull the cards off so they don’t get stuck or peel? The paint when the paint dries and don’t forget [about] the glove tip covering the valve stem now this looks amazing It has [a] great deep shine to it the paint is smooth And I’m really happy with [it] Now all we have to do is let it dry for two hours and we could put it on the car It’s going to be a long two hours check this out [this] looks so much better than before and to make it [even] better [I] have this small chrome center. Cap which is going to complete the look check out the before and the after Look at that difference Now you can see at the bottom here and also the side here. We have some overspray All you have to do get that overspray off is using abrasive sponge Because we use that tire shine it comes right off The paint job for these wheels came out awesome [and] now you know how to paint your wheels so it comes out looking great Hopefully the video is helpful And if you try this on your own wheels take a before and after pic and send it to me or tag me in it On Instagram Facebook and Twitter [I] definitely want to see your painted wheels and maybe I’ll even feature it in a future video

100 thoughts on “How to Paint the Wheels on your Car

  1. I accidentally didn’t apply enough paint on my coats and its fully dried now, to add another layer on top again would I just use the paint or do another layer of primer first then paint?

  2. Good work but too much work I think.
    I always paint all 4 steel rims of a Smart Fortwo under 1 hour by just pressure wash and then a ruff sanding with 180 grid, then a good clean with thinner and wide masking tape all around, let it overlapp to the rim, but you cut it with a sharp knife. Now spray black paint or black primer

  3. Great video. Is it possible to do this with the wheels still on the car? I don’t have a proper jack so I wanted to leave the wheels on.

  4. Warning to anyone attempting to paint without covering the valve stems: the paint will eat away the stem and cause the tire to leak air. I learned it the hard way and had to get all my stems replaced.

  5. Really good video, but I don't think 4 hours is enough for 4 wheels, especially if you haven't done this kind of work before.

  6. Hey Chris, I've just been looking at videos on painting rust etc and ive seen some that suggest you shouldnt use rubberized paint. It locks in the moisture etc and rust takes over from the inside. I haven't been able to find anything suggesting this paint is rubberized. Question is…. is this rubberized? Cheers

  7. 12 миллион раз просмотров…
    Чувак просто из болончика красит диск вида штамп.. Бля я теперь все видел.

  8. У нас принято под крылья ставить пластиковую защиту. Машина не так гниет.

  9. Молодец, не думал что такие видео так заходят. Хорошая подача.
    Видимо стоит переехать в штаты и снимать простые вещи)))

  10. Hi! I just subscribed a few days ago because I really appreciate the effort you put into your videos plus, I really like them! I just had a small question… Is paint spraying your entire care worth it? Because I was thinking about painting my 21 year old car (Suzuki Baleno 1.6 from 1998). because the roof and hood paintwork are in poor condition. I've seen a few videos where people paint their cars with cans, and was thinkg about doing it myself when I had the tools. But again, is it worth it? How long does spray paint last? I'm not willing to pay 750-1000€ (I live in Spain and that's quiet expensive here) for an old car, but I would love to put my own effort on doing the job and of course, saving money. I hope you get to see this reply. Keep up the awesome work. Love your videos.

  11. Years ago I went years thinking about spray painting the wheels of my old 2001 eclipse. Imagined a nice hub piece in the middle and everything and never did cause I thought I was just being "ghetto". Today is the 1st time I looked it up on youtube realize I was on the right track but doubt made me slip… nice job here

  12. I purchased an aftermarket steal wheel. It’s still nice and shinny. I want to paint it the same color as the factory aluminum wheels. With no rust and still smooth and clean, how would I prep the wheel so the paint will stick and last without peeling or chipping off? It will only be used on the car in the winter months. I will be mounting winter tires on them, so they will not match the rear wheels. I would like to at least have them the same color.

  13. Hey guys, I just tried this today and I wanted to comment about the index card method:
    Depending on your wheel, sometimes the index cards DO NOT work. The edges between my wheel and the tire were way too loose for index cards to have a good fit. The cards ended up leaning downwards everytime I sprayed a coat, which had me readjust the cards almost every single time, and even still there were spots exposing the tire resulting in overspray.
    Do it the right way and mask it up with painter's paper or garbage bags. That way, it'll be 100% accurate and it'll stay that way.

  14. i'm gonna use the exact same paint as the one I used to repair paint chips. (my car is metalic gray). UPDATE: i was too excited for this and broke a wheel stud removing my rear tire… but it made me learn how to replace wheel studs… and my front wheels are nice, but it's winter so basically my car looks like shit anyways

  15. Watching your videos since 2016, i just recent apply it on my wheels and i was so satisfied! Hope i can show u the pictures, by the way im from the philippines!

  16. Thanks for the video it really helped. I don't use Facebook or Instagram or Twitter so can't show u the before and after.

  17. i know the crown vic has a natural cover for lugs. does anyone know if they make generic ones? i'd like to cover the middle of the wheel and cover the ugly center. i have a 95 oldsmobile cutlass ciera and i can't seem to find anything.

  18. >mfw you notices he left the weight on the rim after painting
    oh boy it's gonna be fun to see that silhouette shaped of weight there.

  19. Does anyone know how to remove the paint besides sanding it down? I bought a car and the previous owner painted the rims black but the paint is chipping and I want the stock silver alloy color back.

  20. Since your so experienced and I trust your rutine I would like to ask please do you know any quality tire marker pens that you can make the letters on your tires white to make them look cool. I have tried so many and I just keep throwing money away cause most of them are just crap.

  21. I like the ceramic brake caliper paint from an Advance auto parts store, about $10 for a large spray can. It covers well, and is difficult to get runs and drips.

  22. To pain ‘ALL’ around, Walk ‘ALL’ around while you paint as apposed to trying to spray all sides from one spot. (MOVE) !

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