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How To Make White Wall Tires (Cafe Racers)

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In this post we try to help you to make white wall tires by yourself.

For this How To, we will be using a Honda Cb250 ’74 (well, at least her tires) and white wall paint.

Thi specific paint is developped and produced in Iceland from rubber and a special liquid which makes it soft and easy to paint. The main secret behind the formula is a special fluid in the rubber which keeps it from getting completely solid. Actually the paint gets only 50% solid-hardness, which prevents it from cracking on the moving tire.


  • Some Tires and Bike would be nice
  • Some quality brushes (small to medium sized)
  • Quality Soap for Degreasing (Don’t use aggressive liquids, because they dry out the tires)
  • White Wall Paint (We used this one)
  • Masking tape
  • Patience ( a lot )
  • A steady hand
  • Music, to make this a more fun 😉

We started with this, Honda CB250

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Took out the wheel + cleaned it.

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We masked the rim, degreased the wheel and started with out first layer.
After this you switch to the other side, paint it, and switch back untill you have 3 layers on both sides.
This is where the patience, the steady hand & music are needed!

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Remove the tape and let it dry for 24 hours (We removed it before the drying, so it wouldn’t stick afterwards.

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This took us about 2 hours (excluding the 24 hours waiting) to do, so it isn’t that hard!

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