Every so often, people will want to give the rims on their vehicle quick spruce up with some paint. This may be because the paint they have is chipping off, or they just want to change the look of their vehicle overall. While you can probably go to your local mechanic or bodywork company and have the work carried out there, it is going to cost you a significant amount of cash.
This is why many people opt to do the work themselves. All you need is some spray paint for car rims. Yes, a good quality spray point is going to be expensive to buy, but it is still going to be a lot cheaper than finding somebody else to do the work for you.
Our editor has worked incredibly hard to put together this list of the best spray paint for rims. As you will be able to see, the same brands will appear time and time again on this page. This is because there are very few companies out there who are producing quality spray paints. However, there is a good mix of different paints on this page, which will ensure that whoever is looking for some paint will be able to get the perfect color.
How to Use Spray Paint for Rims
Thankfully, applying spray paint for rims is not going to be that difficult. With many of the spray paints that are found on this page, there is no need to purchase any primer or anything like that. Most of this can be applied directly to the rim. It is a case of spraying it on and waiting for it to set.
Before any application of the paint can be made to the rim, however, it is vital that the person painting the rims takes a good amount of time ensuring that the rims are completely clear of any dust or grime. If the paint is applied when there is dust or grime on the rim, it will become stuck to the paint which will cause an unsightly finish.
It is important that a mask is worn when applying paint, even if there are no directions on the spray paint to wear a mask. This is because paint can be toxic. This can make it incredibly difficult to breathe when applying the paint and can cause somebody to feel faint. If possible, the car should be sprayed outside. It should not be sprayed inside a garage unless there is air flowing into the garage i.e. the door is open.
Once the paint has been applied, it is important that a second coat is applied to ensure that it looks decent. Once the second coat has been applied, check the instructions to see whether a third coat needs to be applied. This may be the case when it comes to the cheaper spray paints on the market. No matter how many coats are applied, it is important that it fully dries before the vehicle is driven again or this could cause the paint to chip or have small amounts of dust and grime to stick to it.
Top 10 Spray Paints for Rims Reviews
The following section will introduce some of the best spray paints on the market. As mentioned at the start; there are not many companies that offer wheel spray paint, at least to a high quality. This means that many of the paints that are found on this list are going to be from the same manufacturer but boasting slightly different colors. This should not be that much of an issue because, of course, even if a manufacturer is good, there is absolutely no guarantee that each and every color they offer is going to be of high quality.
01. Performix Plasti Dip Aerosol Spray – Black
Black is, of course, one of the most popular colors that people use when it comes to painting the rims of their vehicles. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Performix Plasti Dip is one of the most popular products on the market.
This particular product comes complete with four different aerosol cans. This means that, if it is used properly, it should be able to cover at least four rims that are under 21” in diameter. This means that it should be suitable for the vast majority of cars out there. If somebody is driving a truck or something like that, they may wish to get a couple of these sets. Owing to their popularity, they are going to be some of the cheapest out there.
One of the main reasons as to why this spray has made this list, other than the fact that it is so popular, is down to the fact that it makes a good product to combine with some of the other products on this list. This is because, while the black is going to look good on its own, if it is used as a base coat, it is going to look even better. It is going to make some of the darker colors pop out. However, do bear in mind that you should never use black as a base coat for lighter colors…for obvious reasons.
As with all of the Performix products found on this list, this black color looks remarkably great and will really shine on any product that it is applied to for years and years. However, touch up paint can also be purchased which is going to end up making it look even better. Never buy anything unless you are 100% sure that it is going to look fantastic.
02. Performance Corvettes DipYourCar Copper Aerosol-Black professionally
If somebody is looking for something that is a touch more stylish on their vehicle, then this copper aerosol may be the best to go down. The finish of this is absolutely sublime and will make any car pop out.
Included in the package will be four cans of the Performix black spray paint mentioned previously. This acts as the base coat. There will also be some additional sprays on top of this which will give the copper finish effect.
One of the wonderful things about this product is that you have a lot of control over the final color of the wheel rims. The more of the copper spray paint is put on the wheel rims, the darker it will be. The vast majority of people are likely going to be wanting to put on four coats of paint, and there is more than enough inside this package to cover a complete set of wheels up to 21”.
The finish is quick and easy to apply. Another of the wonderful things about this product is that people can also purchase a gloss finish separately. The standard finish of the copper aerosol will be Mtte. However, a quick spray of gloss black paint on the wheel rims after everything has dried off will make it look even better.
This is a fantastic quality paint too. Most people should be fine having this paint on the wheel rims for a good couple of years before they notice the color starts to fade properly. Sure, there will likely be a small amount of fading before this, but when somebody is speeding along the road, this is probably not something that many people are going to be worrying about!
The only real downside to this spray paint is that not everything is included in the package. For the best protection, additional paint will need to be purchased. It isn’t necessary, but it will ensure the biggest bang for your buck.
This isn’t paint as such, but it is going to be vital for those who are looking to paint their wheel rims. This is because it will protect them to ensure that they last as long as they possibly can.
There are a few distinct benefits to the Produxa paint protector. The biggest is that it will help a new paint job on the rims last a lot longer. It will give it somewhat of a glossy shine, so if somebody is looking for a matte black finish then this is probably not going to be the route to go down.
The other major benefit of this spray paint is the fact that it will help to repel dust and grime from the wheel rims. This, again, will help to ensure that they maintain their healthy glow for as long as they possibly can.
For such a low price, there is a lot inside of this bottle too. It is going to be more than good enough for at least fifteen applications. Each wheel rim will need no more than just one spray every few months or so. In the long run, this means that anybody who uses the Product Paint Protector is likely going to end up saving a whole packet of cash insofar as the fact that they do not need to purchase paint anywhere as regularly.
As mentioned previously; this is only really going to be something for those who wish to protect their wheel rims while having a gloss finish. In addition to this, it is really only something that is going to work for those who have darker colors for their wheel rims. Wondering how to paint rims white? While it will work on lighter colors such as white, it does not give the greatest finish in the world in those cases and it may hamper the color a little bit.
04. Liquid Auto Skin Plasti Wheel – Brass Monkey
We are heading back to the typical spray paints for this one. Although, this is going to be a decent package and contains a lot more than your standard wheel rim paints. In fact, everything that is required to paint wheel rims (other than the mask) is included in the package at one affordable price.
One of the major benefits of this wheel spray paint is the inclusion of a spray nozzle. This is something which can be clipped onto the spray can. This will help the user have a bit more control over the direction in which the paint is being sprayed. This, ultimately, means that a lot more paint can be saved and may help with a couple of extra complaints.
In addition to the spray grip, there is a base primer which will help the brass colored paint stick to the wheel rims a little bit better. In fact, in our experience, this base primer is so brilliant that it actually adds an extra shine to the brass colored paint, which is going to be perfect for most people. Although, if somebody is looking for more of a matte finish, this may not be the best route to go down.
In addition to this, there is a microfiber towel which is going to be making it incredibly easy to clean off the dust from the wheel rims before the spray paint is applied. Sure, it is likely that somebody will be able to pick up a microfiber towel for an incredibly low price, but it is always good to have in the package just because it saves a bit of effort.
The final finish is bright and brass-like, which means that the finish is going to be incredibly unique and is suitable for those cars which really, really want to stand out from the crowd.
05. PlastiDip Black with Glossifier-Best to use on alloy wheels
This package is very much similar to the first one that was included on this review list for the best spray paint for wheel rims. However, there is one key difference. This is the fact that this particular package comes complete with a glossifier which does make the finish a bit shinier. This is probably not going to be for everybody, though.
As most people will have probably guessed, it does take a little bit more effort to apply this to wheel rims than your standard black paint. This is because a few layers of the black paint will need to be added first. Once this has all dried off, which will take a few hours, the glossifier can be sprayed onto it which will complete the overall ‘look’.
While we do not really have an issue with people who want glossy wheel rims, it is important to note that the glossy finish will not last anywhere near as long a matte finish. This means that in a few months if somebody wishes to preserve the overall look of their wheel rims, they will likely need to invest in some more glossifier which can be sprayed directly onto the rims.
06. Plasti Dip Rubber Coating Spray Paint – Cobalt Blue
This particular spray paint is even more different from some of the other products that appear on this list. This is because it doesn’t really spray paint as such. It is more a synthetic rubber coating which boasts a beautiful cobalt blue color.
The major benefit of having a rubber coating spray is that it is highly protective of the wheel rims. There is nothing which is going to resist dirt and grime quite as well as a rubber coating. Because it is a little bit thicker than actual paints on the market, it requires very little in the way of coating too.
Of course, the cobalt blue paint is not going to be for everybody, and somebody will really need a ‘bold looking’ car to pull it off. However, we can promise you that the look of this paint is incredibly amazing. It is long lasting and hard-wearing too.
The only real issue with this is that somebody may need to purchase a couple of sets. Just three bottles may not be enough.
We are back to the paint protectors with this offering. However, this ceramic car coating paint is able to protect so much more than just the paintwork on the wheel rims. In fact, it can be used just about anywhere on the vehicle where a bit of protection is needed. In fact, it can even be used to cover plastic headlights if required.
One of the major benefits of this product is just how hard wearing it actually is. In fact, it is able to last up to two years. This means that the paint which is under the ceramic coating is going to last even longer.
It is worth noting that the ceramic car coating is going to leave a gloss finish on the wheel rims, or the rest of the vehicle if it is placed there. However, it is probably also worth noting that it is incredibly difficult to find something which will protect the paintwork which does not give a glossy finish. It is the nature of the beast.
This is another one of the sets which includes everything somebody needs for spray painting their rims, other than the mask (of course). This means that anybody who purchases this set is going to get exactly the same amount of gear that was mentioned previously e.g. the spray nozzle, and all the coats that are required.
One of the reasons as to why we decided to include this on this list is down to the fact the color is fantastic. There are very few metallic coats on the market. Well, at least ones that look as good as this one can.
The only real downside to this is that the metallic finish is not going to last anywhere near as long as matte paints. Sure, it is still going to look fantastic, but it is probably not going to look as shiny which is a great shame.
A base coat will need to be applied with this first, but that is going to be quick and easy. Most people will be surprised at how few coats of metallic paint is required to look great.
09. Plasti Pearlizer
This is another spray paint for rims which will help to protect the finish. Although, it will give a slightly different effect on the ones that we have mentioned previously. It gives a ‘pearl’ finish. It is a unique look, and probably not going to be for everybody, but it certainly does look good.
One of the big problems with not protecting the paint on wheel rims is the fact that after a short while, the amount of heat generated in the wheels will cause it to start peeling and cracking. Even when companies claim that they are not going to peel and crack, it will do.
This is going to be the best product on the market for those who live in areas that have harsh conditions. Most people are going to be surprised at the amount of protection that the plastic pearlizer is able to provide. Even when driving through dusty or rocky areas, barely anything will stick to the finish, let alone cause it to scratch and the like. It is really fantastic.
We are going to wrap up this list with a colour which is probably not going to appeal for everybody, but for those who are looking for a bright finish for their vehicle, they are going to struggle to find something which is better than this awesome green.
As with the bulk of plastic dip paints on the market, this is going to offer a brilliant finish with very few coats. In fact, coats are kept to the absolute minimum as this is a silicone plastic paint. As mentioned earlier, the silicone paint is going to be fantastic for those who live in harsher environments as it provides a high level of protection. Basically, it is going to be incredibly difficult to scratch or damage this.
Obviously, the only downside is that you are going to need to have a very, very specific vehicle to make this color work on it. Green is probably only really going to get well with green vehicles. Slap this on a black vehicle and it just isn’t going to work.
When it comes to purchasing spray paint for rims, there is very little which needs to be purchased. We have decided to put together this section to give people a few hints and tips to ensure that they choose the best possible paint for their needs.
Colour of the spray paint
One of the first things that need to be thought about when purchasing spray paint is the type of color required. This is going to be very personal to a person. However, try to make sure that the selected color blends in with the rest of the vehicle.
A person may also wish to think about whether they want to go for a matte or gloss finish. However, it is worth remembering that opting for a gloss finish will mean that the wheel rims need to be painted a little bit more frequently, at least if the gloss finish needs to be maintained.
Quality of the paint
All of the paints listed on this page are of incredibly high quality. It is never recommended to buy paint that is too cheap. This is very much going to be a false economy. Purchase cheap paint and it will need to be repainted sooner as opposed to later.
Is the paint included in a set?
What must be remembered is that most colors are going to require a base coat. In fact, any color than black is probably going to require a base coat. A person needs to make sure that they choose the right base coat for the selected wheel rim color. In the vast majority of cases, this is going to be black.
Most products on the market will come with the base coat in a set, although this is something which needs to be checked. In fact, a person will need to check whether they need more than just what is included in the set. This may mean a protective coating or something similar to that.
Is the paint enough?
One can of spray paint is not going to be enough to cover all wheels of a vehicle. In most cases, a person will need to purchase at least four cans of paint to cover the vast majority of vehicles out there. Although, trucks may need up to eight cans.
Spray paint for rims FAQ (50-80 words each)
How many coats of paint should we use for a rim?
This is all going to be dependent on the type of color that a person wants. Generally speaking, people will want to aim for maybe 4 coats of paint. However, the more paint, the less opaque the color. Generally speaking, it should be applied and let to dry to the point where somebody is happy with the color.
How much does it cost to paint car rims?
If a person was going to an actual body shop, then it would easily cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. If somebody was doing it themselves, then it wouldn’t cost more than $100 (probably a lot less) even if the best possible spray paint for rims is purchased.
How long will Plasti Dip last on rims?
This is all going to be dependent on the type of paint purchased and whether it is going to be protected or not. Generally speaking, if it is protected, then it is going to last a good couple of years.
What do you need to spray paint a car?
Not much is required beyond the paint to spray paint the rims of a car. There will need to be a microfiber cloth to wash dirt and grime away from the rim before it is painted. It is also important that a good quality mask is purchased. This will ensure that somebody doesn’t feel faint when they are applying the paint to the wheel rims.
What kind of paint to use on car rims
Ceramic or enamel paint should be fine. However, as long as it is marked as being car rim paint (i.e. spray paint), then it should be fine.
As mentioned several times on this page, there are very, very few wheel rim paints available on the market. This is why our editor has really decided to break down this review list by color as opposed to anything else. If nothing on this page tickles your fancy, then feel free to click through to the paint and see whether there is another color in the same range which will work for you. Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will always keep it up to date with the latest spray paints for rims on the market.