Biking is a popular hobby and means of transportation, but it can also be expensive. One way to reduce the cost of biking is to paint your bike rims. In this blog post, we will show you how to paint bike rims.

Painting your bike rims is a great way to customize your ride and make it stand out from the rest. Not only that, but it can also protect your rims from wear and tear.

Painting BMX Bike Tips

So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your bike without spending too much money, painting your rims is the way to go. Keep reading for instructions on how to do it yourself.

Removing the Bike Rims

The first step is to remove the bike rims from the bike. This can be done by loosening the bolts that hold the rims in place. Once the bolts are loose, you should be able to pull the rims off easily. If you’re having trouble, you can always consult your bike’s manual for assistance.

Take the Tire off the Rim

Now that the rims are off, you will need to remove the tires. This can be done by using a tire lever. Simply insert the tire lever between the rim and tire and pry it off. Once the tire is off, repeat this process for the other tire.

Remove any Stickers From Your Rim

If there are any stickers on your rims, now is the time to remove them. This can be done by using a putty knife or razor blade. By gently inserting the blade under the edge of the sticker, you will be able to peel it off.

If you’re having trouble applying the sticker, you can always use a hair dryer to warm the sticker up if you need to.

Cleaning the Bike Rims

Once the rims are off, it’s time to clean them. You want to make sure that they’re free of dirt, grease, and other debris before you start painting. The best way to do this is to use a degreaser and a rag.

Apply the degreaser to the rag and then wipe it down the rims. Once you’re finished, rinse the rims off with water.

Applying the Paint

We recommend using a paint that is specifically designed for use on bike rims. This will ensure that the paint adheres well and doesn’t chip or peel off easily.

Once you have your paint, it’s time to start painting. Begin by spraying a thin layer of paint onto the rim. Make sure that you’re covering the entire rim.

Hang your Rim Middle-Chest to Shoulder Height in a Well-Ventilated Area

You don’t want to paint your rims while they’re on the ground. This can cause the paint to pool in the middle of the rim and create an uneven finish. Instead, hang your rims from a wire or rope so that they’re suspended in the air. This will allow you to paint all sides of the rim evenly.

Apply 1 light, even coat of Paint onto Your Rim

Hold the can 6-8 inches away from the rim and spray in a back-and-forth motion. Once you’ve covered the entire rim, let the paint dry for 30 minutes.

Let the paint dry for 30 minutes before adding a second coat 

After the first coat of paint has dried, add a second coat. Again, make sure that you’re spraying in a back-and-forth motion and covering the entire rim. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes before moving on to the next step.

Add a Clear Coat 

Adding a clear coat of paint is optional, but it will help to protect your rims from wear and tear. Simply spray a thin layer of clear coat over the entire rim. Let the clear coat dry for 30 minutes before moving on.

Wait for 15 to 30 minutes for the paint to dry

Once you’re finished painting, it’s important to let the paint dry completely. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the type of paint you’re using. Once the paint is dry, you can re-install your rims and tires. And that’s it. You’ve now successfully painted your bike rims.

Spray on 5 or more coats until your rim is a solid color

If you want your rims to be a solid color, you’ll need to spray on 5 or more coats of paint. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes between each coat. Once you’re finished, re-install your rims and tires. 

Check Out: How to Assemble BMX Bike

Reassemble your wheel 

Once the paint has dried, it’s time to reassemble your wheel. Start by putting the tires back on the rims. Once the tires are in place, use the bolts to secure the rims back onto the bike.

You’re now ready to hit the road with your newly painted bike rims. Just be sure to take care of them and clean them regularly to keep them looking their best. 


Painting your bike rims is a great way to add a unique touch to your bike. Not only that, but it’s also a great way to protect your rims from wear and tear. With a little time and effort, you can have a set of rims that look great and last for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to paint my bike rims?

There are a few reasons why you might want to paint your bike rims. Maybe you want to change the color of your bike, or perhaps you’re trying to repair some damage. Whatever the reason, painting your bike rims can be a fun project that gives your bike a new look.

What kind of paint should I use on my bike rims?

There are a few different types of paint that you can use on your bike rims. You can use regular spray paint, or you can purchase special paint specifically made for bikes. If you’re unsure of what kind of paint to use, you can always ask a professional at your local bike shop.

How do I prepare my bike rims for painting?

Before you start painting your bike rims, you’ll need to do some preparation. First, you’ll want to clean the rims with soap and water. Next, you’ll need to sand the rims down so that the paint will adhere better. Once you’ve prepared the rims, you’re ready to start painting.

Jason Ballie
I'm Jason Ballie and I love BMX biking. I got into BMX biking when I was about 10 years old and haven't looked back since. I love the thrill of flying through the air on my bike and performing tricks that amaze people. I've been riding competitively for about 5 years now, and have won a few competitions here and there. I'm always trying to learn new tricks and improve my skills so that I can one day become a world-champion BMX rider.