How to repair and paint chromed wheels

Weather harsh conditions or just normal wear and tear are noticed in the tires chrome and cause an unpleasant peeling and shelling. Give the tires a fresh new look by repairing and painting them yourself, and save a substantial amount of money in the process.

Treating your tires professionally with a powder coating will cost you a lot of money. Take time to prepare the tires well in advance of the paint and remove all scratches with sandpaper. The end result will be worth the work.


  1. Wash the tires with dishwashing detergent and water. Leave to air dry, then spray with degreaser. Clean tires with clean rags.
  2. Remove all peeled chrome with a scourer.
  3. Wears the surface of the tires using a drill and a cup brush.
  4. Sand the tires with 320 grit paper. Do not sand until the metal is bare. Sand the sharp edges that you may have lost during the boring wear process. Sand the surface until smooth.
  5. Pour paint thinner into a clean cloth and wipe the tires to remove residue and sanding dust.
  6. Put protective paper on the floor; Support the tires on the protective paper.
  7. Shake a can of self-etching primer for the time recommended by the manufacturer. Spray the primer on the tires with gentle sweeping strokes. Allow the primer to dry for the time indicated on the package. Repeat the procedure to apply a second coat of primer.
  8. Shake a tin of metal paint for at least one minute, as indicated on the package. Apply the first coat of paint with gentle sweeping strokes. Allows the wheels to dry for the recommended time. Repeat the procedure to apply the second coat of paint and let it dry for the appropriate time.
  9. Apply a clear coating layer using gentle sweeping strokes. Allow the clearcoat to dry for the time indicated on the label. Repeat the procedure to apply a second coat.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use newspaper in the place of masking paper.
  • Wear protective goggles and a dust mask to sand, prime and paint the tires.