How to Paint Dirt Bike Wheels

In this article, we will know how to paint dirt bike wheels and some tips & tricks to maintain the dirt bike wheels.

Paint is a form of art that can be applied on any surface, from walls to cars. Painting something as big as a car needs hours of patience and time. But when it comes to painting dirt bike wheels, you’ll need much less effort than what’s required for painting an entire car!

That’s because the wheel hub covers most of the surface area on the wheel, which makes it easier to make designs or patterns with your paint job. The following steps are going to show you how easy it is to paint your own set of dirt-bike wheels with some simple tools.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Plastic container or a paper plate
  • Spray can
  • Paint
  • Dotting tool or toothpick
  • Wipes

Steps To Follow – How to Paint Dirt Bike Wheels

  • Prepare the surface of your dirt bike wheels by cleaning it thoroughly.
  • Paint a quick coat of primer to any surfaces that will not be painted with paint and let dry for at least two hours before applying more coats. This is necessary in order to prevent peeling or wrinkling from occurring later on down the road when you decide to apply another coat of paint onto these surfaces.
  • Pour some water into your container, dip your brush into the water, then mix in some drops of acrylic paint until there are no streaks left behind (it should look like milk). Then start painting one wheel using long strokes starting from the top moving towards the bottom and make sure you get all areas covered uniformly so as not to have blotches after drying time.
  • Once you have finished one wheel, let it dry for at least 12 hours before applying a fresh coat of paint on top.
  • Depending on the color of paint that has been applied to your dirt bike wheels and the desired effect you want afterward, allow anywhere from 24 up to 72 hours drying time between each layer so as not to smudge or peel off layers when adding more coats later down the road.
  • If there are any blotches in individual areas like over dried spots or edges where the paint was missed completely then apply another quick coat of primer followed by another light layer of acrylic paints until all surfaces are uniform again.
  • A thin layer of olive oil is applied to the dirt bike wheel before painting it if you want to maintain an antique or weathered look.
  • If your primary goal is to achieve a glossy sheen, then use acrylic paint instead and avoid applying any layers that are not glossed enamel in order for there to be no flat areas on the surface.
  • To help prevent peeling over time, try sanding with fine-grit paper while wet after each application step so as not to have trapped dust particles under the top coat of paint that can scratch off later when rubbing against surfaces like rough asphalt, etc.
  • Make sure to cover the entire surface with one light coat before proceeding with a heavier application. This is because it will be easier to avoid brush strokes that can occur when painting over previously painted surfaces, and you’ll have an even finish without too much build-up of paint on some areas.
  • Paint does not last indefinitely, so if your wheel has been sitting outside for a while or exposed to harsh conditions like direct sunlight then wipe them down first in order to remove any dust particles that might get stuck under the new layer of paint.

Bonus Tips and Tricks

  • It is generally recommended to use a brush that has synthetic bristles in order to avoid contaminating the paint with any oil or grease particles that might be on your hands.
  • Always start painting from one end of the wheel and work towards its center. This will help you get an even finish without having heavier spots where more paint was applied at once.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Spray Paint My Dirt Bike Wheels?

Spray painting is a great way to give your wheels that new look, but it can also be tedious and take a lot of time. One thing you have to remember when spray painting rims is not to use too much paint. Overspraying will make the wheel less durable and prone to wear over time because there isn’t enough protection for the metal underneath.

Should I Paint Dirt Bike Wheels With Rust?

Yes! You should still first remove any rust from surfaces if possible before applying fresh paint or clear coat finish, however; otherwise, this could cause mixing with the current paint layer, which would result in an uneven end product. Sometimes removing only part of surface corrosion on one spot can allow just enough room for primer/paint to adhere.


You can now paint your dirt bike wheels with ease, following our step-by-step guide on how to paint dirt bike wheels. Remember that this article is only as good as the information you provide us about your needs and wants when it comes to painting dirt bike wheels. Comment below or contact us if there’s something we can do for you!

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Darren Matlock

Darren Matlock

Hi, I'm Darren. I love dirt bikes and everything about the off-road lifestyle. I'm passionate about motorbikes, cars, racing sports and going on adventures. If you're like me and enjoy extreme sports, you've come to the right place! I like to write articles about dirt bikes to help beginners get started. Whether you're interested in buying a dirt bike, ATV, motorcycle or want to ride for hobby, I hope my articles will inspire you to learn more about how this machine can be used to ride.

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