: Questions regarding White Wall Tire Alternatives ie, Tire Shaving, Port-A-Walls



lacville78
04-12-11, 02:50 AM
Has anyone on here had any experiance with the port-a-wall tire rubber that imitates the old wide white wall tires?

How does it hold up? I heard on the highway the port a walls flap and come off the tire.

I know they are about $75 a set.

I have also heard about tire shaving, does that work well?

I heard the real wide white wall tires are very expensive, and are inferior to most tires.

Stingroo
04-12-11, 05:28 PM
I've heard tire shaving works, and I'm going to be trying it on my wagon over the summer. :)

A video I saw showed a guy (with a Roadmaster Wagon, actually) who jacked the rear of the car up and put a pair of jackstands under the rear axle, he then put the car in reverse and let the tire spin on its own, and shaved outward. This way, the inside line of the tire stays perfectly round, and the outside one does too (because you realize when the rubber runs out).

outsider
04-12-11, 05:31 PM
I've never seen anyone shave the tires perfect without making the white wall uneven or lumpy looking. :(

Stingroo
04-12-11, 05:38 PM
I think that's why you grind to the outside. I don't know, it's pretty low on my priority list for summer mods, but if I can squeeze it in there I think I'm still going to give it a shot.

sven914
04-12-11, 05:56 PM
I find that acrylic-latex paint works beautifully...

lacville78
04-12-11, 06:12 PM
I find that acrylic-latex paint works beautifully...

Great Idea!
Could you explain the process a bit. Are you spraying the paint or rolling it on?
Where could I find the paint, What brand should I get

Thanks!

sven914
04-12-11, 07:19 PM
I just used 100% acrylic-latex exterior house paint (needs to be 100% acrylic) and brushed it on. The hardest part is getting it perfectly round; I tried it with them on the car last year, and it was a little uneven, but over the winter I re-painted the tires with them off the car and it looks perfect. If you do it in a few coats, the brush strokes are almost unnoticeable.

Here is a picture of my car from last year:

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/3015/3758/32536878707_large.jpg

I'm putting those tires back on this weekend, so I'll have better pictures.

gillianwhittaker@xtr
04-22-11, 05:14 AM
Excuse the ignorance . How and what are you "shaving " off these tires ???
mike

outsider
04-22-11, 08:28 AM
there's a video that shows the process somewhere on the forums...

basically a white wall (or white lettered) tire has a layer of black over a wide section of white rubber. YOu shave off that top layer of black rubber.

Stingroo
04-22-11, 09:12 AM
See here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHWTa2tAYIc

KrisK
04-22-11, 09:17 AM
You should also look up "white wall tire paint". It's not paint but some kind of liquid rubber compound. It is very easy to use, looks good, and is suppose to be very durable. There is a guy on Iceland that sells it.

gillianwhittaker@xtr
04-22-11, 10:54 AM
there's a video that shows the process somewhere on the forums...

basically a white wall (or white lettered) tire has a layer of black over a wide section of white rubber. YOu shave off that top layer of black rubber.

I never knew that tx
mike

gillianwhittaker@xtr
04-22-11, 10:55 AM
See here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHWTa2tAYIc

Thats cool Sting .
Are wide whitewalls more expensive than narrow ?? Or harder to come by ?? or what
mike

Stingroo
04-22-11, 11:01 AM
Both, sadly. :(

Cadillacboy
04-23-11, 01:32 PM
A wet towel works marvel ;)

Barrister_07101
04-23-11, 01:57 PM
Now that is surprising. Idk if I would try... but its surprising and interesting.

CADDYDADDY13
04-25-11, 03:00 AM
Has anyone tried the "whitewall tire paint" i see it online and Ebay? Does it work, or is the acrylic house paint the way to go....?

CBodyFan
04-25-11, 10:45 PM
You couldn't use house paint, it wouldn't be flexible enough and isn't formulated to stick to rubber. Years ago, as I recall, my grandfather had a machine at his service station that made white wall tires by grinding a shallow groove in the tire sidewall and then "painting" in the white stripe with some sort of gooey white "paint" for lack of a better word. But that was 40 years ago. And, as I recall, it never looked as good as a real, factory white wall.

Aron9000
04-25-11, 10:58 PM
IMO all of these are kind of ghetto mods, looks good rolling down the street. Get within 5 or 10 feet of the car and you start scratching your head going WTF is wrong with that guy's tires???

Gotta pay to play as the old saying goes:

I'd really like a set of these:
http://store.cokertire.com/p235-75r15-american-classic-1-6-whitewall-tire.html

Also don't go for Khumo Solus tires. I have those on the Brougham now, and after 20k miles they got stupid loud and developed a vibration. They've got 25k on them now, might get another 10, 15k miles out of the MAX.

CBodyFan
04-25-11, 11:17 PM
I'd really like a set of these:
http://store.cokertire.com/p235-75r15-american-classic-1-6-whitewall-tire.html

That is a handsome tire and probably easier to keep bright white than a "paint-on" style.

csbuckn
04-26-11, 01:01 AM
I used that tire paint to color some letters before. It last like 3 months in the summer, I dont remember what it looked like up close, that was some 10/12 years ago.