Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-22-2020, 12:07 PM   #1
fried okra
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: SouthCarolina/Tennessee/Florida
Posts: 53
Default Painting whitewalls black

My 1931 all black Tudor came to me with whitewall tires and almost white cream colored wheels. It also has dual fender mounted whitewall spares.

I am contemplating using tire black on the whitewalls to kinda tone the overall contrast and and give the car a more period look.

I am surmising once you use tire black on whitewalls there is no turning back. And maybe the tire black might not work as well as I am hoping.

Has anyone else gone down this road before?
fried okra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 12:29 PM   #2
Tacoma Bob
Senior Member
 
Tacoma Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Tacoma, WA
Posts: 876
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Hollywood art directors would spray whitwalls with a hair product called tips and streaks or streaks and tips. it was not a permanent fix, temporary only and would eventually wash off.
Tacoma Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 03-22-2020, 12:34 PM   #3
Vic in E-TN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Maryville, TN
Posts: 445
Smile Re: Painting whitewalls black

A few years ago I saved a friend who had the same problem as you some money. Take the tires off the rims and reverse them with the whitewalls on the inside.


Vic
Vic in E-TN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 01:25 PM   #4
Chris in WNC
Senior Member
 
Chris in WNC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pineville NC
Posts: 1,066
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I reversed whitewalls last year on our '35 to make it look better.
Spray the white with black satin Rustoleum while they are off the rims.

"Every Model A looks 100X better with blackwall tires" - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
__________________
'35 Chevrolet Standard 2-dr, unrestored
Chris in WNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 01:58 PM   #5
MikeK
Senior Member
 
MikeK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Windy City
Posts: 2,879
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

And then there are those who point to the whitewalls in several color Ford advertisements and love them. Dealer installed option! I remember in High School (60's) painting white walls on blackwalls with a concoction from Warshawsky's on South State Street in Chicago.
__________________
Mechanical engineering 101: If you put an adjustment knob, screw, bolt, or tolerance specs on something, some people will immediately fiddle with it. If you mark it DO NOT TOUCH everyone will mess with it.
MikeK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 03:54 PM   #6
Purdy Swoft
Senior Member
 
Purdy Swoft's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 7,807
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I first turned the whitewall facing the inside . I painted over the white part with satin black paint in a spray can .
Purdy Swoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 04:21 PM   #7
jb-ob
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 265
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I greatly support you good taste.


Firestone tire dealers have a black spray which they use to cover raised white lettering when not wanted. Doesn't good bad either.


Unless you reverse the tires, try not to 'curb' them after painting.
jb-ob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:07 PM   #8
dlfrisch
Senior Member
 
dlfrisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Florida - 32128
Posts: 295
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

On my newest project, I’m rebuilding (frame up) ‘28 Sport coupe. Both front fenders have spare tire wells. The two existing spare tires have been mounted (reversed)with the white wall side on the inside. The tire tread is good - they are a little checked, but I think they are in good shape. I would rather not have to buy new spare tires. I would like to paint that white side black. What kind of paint should be used?
dlfrisch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:09 PM   #9
Synchro909
Senior Member
 
Synchro909's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 4,957
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I've tried several things to hide the wretched white wall that were on one of my cars when I got it. None worked well and strangely, the same number were permanent.
I eventually gave up and drove the tread off them only to have the value of our $ turn to turds. Now, replacing them even with black walls is out of the question.
__________________
If schools stay closed too long, parents will find a vaccine before the scientists.
Synchro909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:20 PM   #10
Bick in New Zealand
Senior Member
 
Bick in New Zealand's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Napier New Zealand
Posts: 864
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I remember here years ago, when Firestone was making tires and exporting them, you couldn't buy the whitewalls for some reason, but someone quickly discovered they were covering the whitewalls with a black solution to disguise them for the local market. Out with the prepsol / thinners, and presto you had a set of whitewalls, which were the rage on As and early V8s at the time.
__________________
1928 Roadster (CA67)
1931 Deluxe Coupe RHD
1931 Victoria RHD


Model A's don't leak oil they just mark their territory.
Bick in New Zealand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:51 PM   #11
Dodge
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,254
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I used rubber bumper paint (spray) it is somewhat flexible and has held up well.
Works for steering wheels also....
Dodge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 09:20 PM   #12
mrbilman
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 9
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I would recommend Tire Paint from Miller Tire. If you turned the tires so the white is in and paint with this it would be very hard to tell they were whitewalls.

https://www.millertire.com/products/...ck-tire-paint/
mrbilman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 09:52 PM   #13
duke36
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 1,158
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbilman View Post
I would recommend Tire Paint from Miller Tire. If you turned the tires so the white is in and paint with this it would be very hard to tell they were whitewalls.

https://www.millertire.com/products/...ck-tire-paint/
I use Millers also; it's water based. The whites need to be super clean . Millers also works on rubber runningboards.
duke36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 12:49 PM   #14
ronn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,873
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

I inverted my whitewalls on my 22 Baby Grand yrs ago. dont mind that the insides are white..............
ronn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 03:11 PM   #15
31Abone
Senior Member
 
31Abone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Big pine Ca 93513
Posts: 741
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Had an old can of Dupont #7 tire black ..worked real good..tires looked like black walls ..no white ever showed thru after one year..then I bot new blacks....sc
31Abone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 05:09 PM   #16
mass A man
Senior Member
 
mass A man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Danvers, Ma.
Posts: 565
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Just another thought, how about the fairly new "Flex Seal" paint in a small can. It's black and dries like rubber.
mass A man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 05:13 PM   #17
old31
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 1,231
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tacoma Bob View Post
Hollywood art directors would spray whitwalls with a hair product called tips and streaks or streaks and tips. it was not a permanent fix, temporary only and would eventually wash off.
i guess some Grecian formula would work.
old31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 09:25 PM   #18
fried okra
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: SouthCarolina/Tennessee/Florida
Posts: 53
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Thanks group, I will check into the Miller Tire paint, Dupont #7, and Flex Seal for a near term solution.
fried okra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2020, 10:32 AM   #19
DHZIEMAN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Sunrise Beach, Mo
Posts: 386
Default Re: Painting whitewalls black

Quote:
Originally Posted by fried okra View Post
My 1931 all black Tudor came to me with whitewall tires and almost white cream colored wheels. It also has dual fender mounted whitewall spares.

I am contemplating using tire black on the whitewalls to kinda tone the overall contrast and and give the car a more period look.

I am surmising once you use tire black on whitewalls there is no turning back. And maybe the tire black might not work as well as I am hoping.

Has anyone else gone down this road before?
I found a product on the web I ordered and used on two white wall tires that was done two years ago and the tires had the ww turned in and this product has been run in the rain and has been holding up well. I am adding a picture of the container. Warning!! Don't get this stuff on anything but where you want it. It is permanent! It is called m. e. Miller tire "BLACK TIRE PAINT! It is water based and cleans up ok! But it stays on rubber very well! Cannot seem to upload the photo. Will try by email to your account.
DHZIEMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:44 AM.