How to Spray a BMX's Rim

by Henry Francis

Stamp your individuality on your BMX rims by painting them a bright and interesting color. You can sync up your rim with the rest of your BMX frame or go in a completely different direction and add some individual flair. Advanced level artists can spray specific artwork or a motto onto their rim, although this does require a great deal of precision.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Printer
  • Scissors or sharp blade
  • Chopping board
  • Tire pump
  • Paper towels
  • Primer
  • Spray paint
  • Overall (optional)
Step 1

Measure the height of your rim, if you don't already know it, to ascertain how much room there is for artwork. Note down your measurement -- it's likely to be less than an inch tall, so you will only have room for small pieces of artwork.

Step 2

Track down artwork that you might want to spray onto your rims by searching through BMX magazines, websites and other resources. Print a few copies of any image you wish to spray onto your rim and, using scissors or a blade and a chopping board, cut around the outline of the image to create a stencil, which you will later spray paint through.

Step 3

Deflate your BMX tires to roughly half the required pressure before turning the bike upside down so it stands upright on its handle bars and saddle, allowing you free access to the rims.

Step 4

Line the area between the BMX tires and the rims with paper towels so the tires are completely covered over. Continue until you have covered the area all the way around the tires, which will prevent you spraying paint onto the tires.

Step 5

Coat the entire rim with primer by holding the nozzle roughly two inches away. Point the nozzle from below the rim upwards, so it is spraying away from the spokes. Spin the wheel with one hand and spray primer with your other hand until you have a good, even covering on both sides of the rim.

Step 6

Allow the primer to dry off before laying flat stencil(s), if you are using them, and spraying your artwork onto the rims with your chosen color of spray paint. Spray directly onto the rims without any stencils if you are simply coloring your rims, rather than adding specific artwork. Spin the wheel the same way you did for the primer until you have a good covering of paint. Continue spinning the wheel to speed up the drying process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to paint your rims while wearing an overall -- it can get messy.
  • Make sure you spray primer and paint in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
  • Lay down newspapers or a tarpaulin if you do not want to get paint on the ground when painting your rims.

About the Author

I have been involved in coaching and administration of youth soccer with the Herts FA for several years. I have many years experience with the technical side and equipment of soccer, cricket, rugby, snooker and poker. I studied the health and fitness and dietary side of competitive sport while at University. Currently, I am not ready for on-camera opportunities, but this could change with access to training and equipment.

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