Painting truck tires

I have 2 semi-truck tires that I need to paint but still make them very visable so our neighbor's lawnmower guy won't run them over when he "turns around" on our property (where he's been told numerous times not to come). Do you or any of your neighbors have any ideas what to use?
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  • Carole Carole on Aug 05, 2013
    Whatever you do use, make sure to use the appropriate undercoat first. I spray painted a tyre for the back yard and used a spray paint and it only lasted a couple of months before the paint was wearing off. If you want the tyre to be very visible - avoid using red paint. The reason is that some people (usually men) suffer from colour blindness (my hubby is one of them) and if you put a red tyre on green grass you would think that would be highly visible right? My hubby cannot see red against green background due to his colour blindness. Colour blindness is more common than you might think. I believe it has something to do with the rods in the eyes - something either defective or missing so red and green just merge and look similar like a brownish colour. I would paint the tyres a bright yellow for visibility. Good luck with it.

  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on Aug 05, 2013
    Fluorescent Orange!! How could he possibly miss THAT lol!!

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 06, 2013
    @Carole , what do you suggest for an "appropriate undercoat"? @Sia@South 47th , that sounds like a good idea too :)

  • Carole Carole on Aug 06, 2013
    Kathy, that is a good one. I would check with your local hardware store. Depends what you want to topcoat with. Hardware store can advise you on the product that will have the most staying power for outdoor use on the rubber tyre. I used a spray paint with no undercoat, but if you use spray paint, they are generally oil based, so you would need an oil based undercoat. You should never apply oil based paint over a water based undercoat. Interestingly you can go water based over oil, but not oil over water based. It yellows the oil based topcoat for some reason.

  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 07, 2013
    I took my grandkids to lowes and let them choose their favorite color to paint their own tires. I told the man at the paint counter what i was doing and he mixed up each of them a quart of paint. He used a satin with a primer in it.I just went with what he recommended. He was very helpful and the kids had a great time! Time will tell if the paint lasts on the tires.

  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 07, 2013
    two of the tires...

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 11, 2013
    thanks Barbara I'm not sure if my grandson is too young or not. I guess I can just put some old clothes on him & let him give it a try to see how he likes it (he's 2 1/2) it's not like he's going to hurt anything :)

  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 12, 2013
    I had two 5 year old and one 4 yr old. And a 10 year old that day my other son has a two year old who wanted to help daddy paint the housei had them give her a paint brush and an old piece of cardboaord with paint on it ...she loved it