What’s up Speedhunters! We have a RAD new product that’s just dropped to give your whip that extra appeal at minimal cost… the Tirebomb kit.
You can see here how effective it can be.
So we thought we’d give you a quick demonstration of how to use the kit. Firstly pick your tire size as the kits are available in different diameters from 15 inch to 20 inch. Note that if you run a stretched side wall you will need to order the next size up in diameter. The kits are also available with different sized logos to suit different tyre profiles or to allow you to choose whether you are going for a small subtle look or a large full maximum attack style.
Make sure your tires are clean or if they’re new, some brake cleaner on a rag will remove all grease and wax.
Find the smoothest part on the side wall to apply the mask and rotate the wheel so you have a clear firing range to avoid getting overspray on your paint work.
Peel the backing paper off leaving the stencil stuck to the application paper and apply to the tire using the tread or the rim to align it straight. Once you’re happy with the placement you can now rub the decal hard using your thumb to ensure all the edges are stuck down.
Now peel the application paper off, back hard on itself to leave only the stencil mask on your tire. Be sure to take care with the sharp edges as they may tend to lift with the application paper. Just use your thumb again to stick them down.
You can now mask off the rest of your wheel and fender with some masking tape. I’m using race tape only because I always have a large supply in my tool box for my car’s cosmetic repairs.
Masking complete ready for paint.
I’ve found that the best paint to use is either a fast dry enamel or primer. Shake your can well and do a test spray onto something to check the paint sprays consistent and the nozzle is clear. The trick is to dust on light layers of paint – too thick and the paint will just peel off. If you want to use color you can apply color over your white primer or use a dye.
Slowly spray bombing thin layers is the key.
Allow a little time to dry between each layer.
Yep, stoked with that coverage.
A quick blow dry and the mask is ready to remove. Ensure the paint is completely dry before removal. Test it’s not tacky by touching the paint on the mask.
Peel back the stencil mask at approximately 90 degrees from the tire wall.
Remember to pick out the centers of the letters. The stencils should only be used once each – there are four per pack though so you won’t be caught short.
Now sit back and admire, or strap up and shred your freshly branded rubber!
Mad Mike Whiddett
do you not have the 20 inch in stock anymore>? and if my tire is stretched on a 20 inch rim do i need to go up a size or is that fine
What paint do we use? The guide above says fast dry enamel, but the packaging I received says to use acrylic. Help!
How do you guys tackle the issue of the paint yellowing after being driven a while? I used paint on my tires with a stencil, had a track day (road course) and they were yellow/brown worn after that.
FYI the picture with the red stencil applied to the porche. I gotta say that looks sick and really suits the wheels. Would be good if it just looked like that! I'd just drive around with the stencil superglued on ;)
How ironic that you picture Mad Mike fitting this to tyres on a drift car, when they'll only last 10 minutes before being burnt out! Haha!!
So, judging by the last few photos - when I peel the stencil off, my car will turn into an awesome Porsche. I'm sold! ;)
$45 is a huge rip for a stencil anyone could make with some cardboard and a print of the sticker. id rather buy an acutal car part
@Johon Smith the Tire Bomb kit is $31 USD right? You'd have a real hard time making our logo in cardboard. It's too complex with small detailed graphical shapes.
You are welcome to show us the technology, materials and skill required to release such a product for less.
"Anyone"? Seriously? At that quality? Show me the money or GTFO.
I think the white is too in your face. Something more subtle like a medium grey, or like a soft pastel colour would be cool in my opinion.
Mad Mike and his signature crazy look is akin to Miley Cyrus' tounge out of mouth look. I'm just saying, it gets old. Almost every picture.
@Wildcardfox You've only complained once and it's already old.
Oh, and I'd rock one of these on the oldest car I can find for giggles. Who wouldn't love a Model A rocking diamond tread tires plastered with "speedhunters"? In fact this would make a great prank.
@AceAndrew2 and its a problem for me to complain? well it made me feel better to say what I've been thinking for a long time.
Best of luck andrew.
I would order but where the hell is the 14" option? No Miata love? SCCA Stock is still a thing...we can't go up to 15" wheels just yet.
I love it, but not sure how would it looks on a slightly modified / road car. It would be nice to see a few examples... maybe a future post about it: "send us your SH tyre bomb photos"!!!! :)
This please. I'd consider it, but I'd really like to see it on some street cars first. Possibly a WR Blue WRX hatch? Maybe?