I want to spot paint a part of my spare tire rim with spray paint. Problem is I have tried to mask off the tire with 1) Masking Tape, 2) Duct Tape, 3) Electrical Tape and finally, 4)Frog Tape. None of these will stick to the rubber on the tire. Admittedly the tires are old and a bit dried out, but I thought, surely one of these tapes would stick. No luck.
Any suggestions short of taking the tire off the rim - ouch?
Coat the tire with Crisco shortning
What I used to do is let just enough air out so I could slip construction paper between the rim and tire bead then air it back up the construction paper is held tight between the tire and the rim
I've used the common 3M Blue masking tape on my tires with good results... But I don't use any sort of "tire dressing" products either.
Try scrubbing the tire with hot very soapy water (a gallon of hot water with 2 Tablespoons of dish soap). Rinse & dry. Then try the masking tape again.
If you have used a "tire dressing" with silicone it probably won't come off with soap & water. You may not get anything to stick unless you clean it all off somehow and now we are talking about wax and silicone removers from your local automotive paint supplier at $60 or more per gallon...
GR's got it. Cheap, easy and it'll work for sure.
I go with putting something on the tire, quick and easy; second choice is the paper trick.
Many thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll first try G.R.'s trick with the air release and construction paper.
I use a little Lacquer thinner on a rag in a well vented area. Clean the tire next to the rim and use 3M masking tape placed around the tire next to the rim. After getting the masking tape tight next to the rim, you can proceed using news paper/tape combination.
Have been painting cars since 16yrs old, now 74 and still use news paper. I'm a typical model T guy...Cheap!
Trying to cut/fit and hold paper under the rim lip is a pain in the XX.
An old hot rodding paint trick I learned from my father was to use a deck of playing cards slipped under the rim. They end up forming a perfect overspray shield while painting the rim.
Go to a tire dealer, truck tires preferably, ask for a hand full of their tire mount lube. All it is, is murphy oil soap, thick like grease can be smeared on and washed off after spraying. They dilute it with water to brush around the tire bead for mounting. I used to buy it by the 3 gallon bucket. KGB
I keep a small piece of flexible plastic that I have cut to match the radius of the rim. If I need to spot paint a part of the rim, just hold up to the rim (it will tuck behind it a little) and paint away.
Quick, easy, and instantly removed.