Sunday, September 27, 2009
Repainted Winter Wheels, or, Salvaged Silver Steelies
I have a set of 14" steel wheels with studded winter tires left over from our old 1998 Civic (we replaced it with our 2009 Suzuki SX4 AWD). Until last week, the black steel wheels were pretty ugly and dirty. The tires, although mis-matched brands, are the same size, have plenty of tread, and most of the studs remain. These tires proved invaluable last year when we were marooned under 16" of snow last December. Sine they fit, I figured these wheels/tires be a great asset to my Yaris come winter, but they needed a bit of a makeover. See, if I'm going to run steelies without hubcaps, I want them silver.
Before painting, I gave the steel wheels a good scrub down with soap (I used Palmolive dish soap) and water. I dried them thoroughly, and tried to get any residual gunk off of them with a rag. Next, I used a copy of the latest Crate and Barrel catalog from our recycling bin and some ubiquitous blue painter's tape to mask off the tires. Afterward, I gave the steelies a coat of white primer using some left-over primer I had lying around our shed. After it dried, I shot them with a couple of coats of silver Rustoelum paint.
Voilà—better looking silver steel wheels for about $6.00. Bring it on Old Man Winter!