How to Paint ATV Wheels (The fast and easy way)


Are you tired of what your stock ATV rims look like? No one can deny that standard aluminum grey stock ATV wheels are boring. On the bright side of things, painting ATV wheels is not complicated at all. You can do it from your garage if you have the right tools and know how to do it. Don’t worry; I will help you with the last part by showing you how to paint ATV wheels in 5 easy steps.

You can paint your stock ATV wheels in any color you want. In fact, you can do it in just 5 steps. Follow the how to paint ATV wheels guide below:

  1. Take the wheels off (place the ATV on a stand);
  2. Remove rust, paint, and other debris with sandpaper;
  3. Cover the tires and use index cards (or regular A4 sheets) to prevent paint from getting on them;
  4. Use a spray paint of your choice from about 1-2 feet away (apply 2 coats of paint to the ATV wheel);
  5. Wait for the paint to dry and place the wheels back on the ATV.

As you can see, painting ATV wheels is fairly simple. You don’t have to spend a hundred dollars at the paint shop because you do it from the comfort of your home. However, there are some tips and tricks that will make coating your ATV wheels easier and safer. Keep reading to find out more.

How to Paint ATV Wheels

two ATV wheels, one painted black and one standard

Even though you might have a cool looking ATV like a Yamaha Blaster 2021, stock aluminum wheels will always look boring. This is why almost everyone who rides four-wheelers will eventually think about painting them another color. The most popular option is black, especially since black spray paints are easily available on Amazon and don’t cost that much.

The trick to painting your ATV wheels is to make sure that the spray paint doesn’t get on anywhere else than the rims. This is why you need to begin by taking the ATV wheels off. My advice is to use a stand or any other type of support for the four-wheeler. The reason behind this is that it’s going to make it easier to take the wheels off one by one and also put them back.

After taking off the wheels, the next step is to remove any rust, paint, or other debris like dirt from the wheels. Luckily, this can be done with sandpaper. If you don’t have sandpaper at home, you can use a sturdy brush. Make sure that you spend at least 2-3 minutes clearing each rim because you want the paint to look as good as possible.

Now that the wheels have been cleaned, you need to make sure to cover the tires so that no paint gets on them. You can do this by placing some old rags or newspapers on the tires. This way, if some paint gets sprayed away from the rims, the tires will be safe. From my experience, it’s always a good idea to use index cards to separate the rims from the tires. If you don’t have any index cards around, you can choose to use A4 sheets. You can find A4 notebooks in just about any shop or market.

With a spray paint of your choice, you can begin spraying from one to two feet away. When painting ATV or other types of aluminum wheels, I usually do just two coats of spray paint. This is because you want the paint to look smooth. If you do too much paint, there’s a chance that it might clog and look bad when it dries off. Nonetheless, the final step is to wait for the paint to dry.

You should give it at least one hour and keep the ATV wheels in a safe place where dust or other debris can’t get on them. Once the paint is all dried up, you can put on the ATV wheels and start riding. In general, high-quality spray paint will last for at least two months. Even if you go off-road riding quite often, the paint will not start chipping away during the first weeks. I personally have used the Dupli-Color Black High-Performance Wheel Performance. The spray paint is available on Amazon and it works as abrasive prep tip, color match paint, and clear coat.

Do you have an easier time learning from videos? If that is the case, you check out this YouTube video from Hillendale Bros that shows you the entire process in a step-by-step manner.

What Paint Do I Use to Paint ATV Wheels?

The best type of paint for ATV wheels is spray paint. In general, stock ATV wheels are made from aluminum and the best way to paint this type of material is by powder coating it. If you are using high-quality spray paint (whatever color it might be), you will get the job done with 2 coats of paint. The tricky part is to keep the paint gun (or spray can) from 1-2 feet away from the ATV rim. This is because you want to prevent the paint from clogging and make it look as smooth as possible.

How Do You Prepare Polished ATV Wheels for Painting?

Prepping polished ATV wheels for painting takes about 10 minutes for each rim. You need to sand the wheel in order to ensure that the paint will stick to the surface. The next step is to clean all debris from the ATV wheels and add primer. Once the primer is good to go, you can start using the spray paint.

You can check out this guide where I showcase the best paint for aluminum wheels if you want to learn how to prep polished wheels for painting.

Final Words

As annoying as getting paint on your shoes or hands might be, it’s always worth it to make your ATV wheels all-black or any other color than stock aluminum. My advice is to spend the extra bucks going for high-quality spray paint because it’s going to last you longer. From my experience, you will get up to two months before the paint starts chipping away. Of course, this changes depending on how often you ride your four-wheeler on rugged roads.

Bob Kelly

Hey there, my name is Bob and I've been riding ATVs, dirt bikes, and UTVs for most of my life. Going on outdoor adventures has always been my passion. I love sharing tips and tricks with beginners who are getting ready to join the world of outdoor enthusiasts.

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