Being part of a group that has the same interests as you is always a thrilling experience. Starting a motorcycle club will not only earn you a strong group of friends, but it will also add to your identity and elevate the quality of your life overall.
That said, your motorcycle club needs proper representation in order for members to feel involved and for non-members to be encouraged to join you.
A great way to ‘advertise’ your club would be to display the club’s logo somewhere that people can easily spot it and become curious about it, such as your motorcycle’s rim.
Designing the Right Logo for Your Motorcycle Club
Once you have your group of avid motorcyclists, the next step would be to put all your heads together and decide on a name and logo for your motorcycle club.
A number of things can influence the name and logo, such as your location (town, country, city, etc.), your profession (if all members work in the same field), the brand or type of motorcycle you all ride, etc. Keeping these factors in mind, you should be able to come up with a name that is appropriate for your club’s specific theme.
As for the logo, there are a number of ‘generators’ available on the internet, which can produce a logo for you within seconds if you only provide the name of your motorcycle club.
However, it might be more worthwhile in the long run to pay a local artist to design your logo so that it is completely unique and easily distinguishable from the logos of other motorcycle clubs. Needless to say, a custom logo will also feel more personal.
The Basics of Painting Motorcycle Rims
Now that you have your name and logo, you can proceed to display it on your motorcycle for anyone on the streets to see. Before that, though, let us look at the preparation and precautions taken before painting motorcycle rims.
Prepping Your Rim before Painting It
Preparing a surface like a rim to be painted is extremely important for the paint job to be a successful one.
You want to wipe your rim down with a damp rag and let that dry. Next, spray on your preferred wheel cleaner, let it work its magic for a few minutes, and then rinse off with a hose. Make sure the wheel cleaner does not have time to dry on the rim, as it can be very difficult to remove.
Use a rag (or sponge) and a bit of dish soap (mixed with water) to wipe down the rim and get rid of grease and oil residue.
Lastly, sand down the rim thoroughly with extra-fine grit sandpaper. Make sure that you don’t sand down any of the paint that is on the rim already. Give the rim another rinse with some soap water and let that dry so that you can get on with your painting!
Painting Your Motorcycle Club’s Logo onto Your Rim
With your rim all prepped and ready, you can get started with painting your motorcycle club’s logo onto it.
Things You Will Need
- Wheel paint (in colors that you need for your logo) – buying a good paint is important; it has to be one that will last a long time and will resist wear
- Clear wheel gloss spray – this will make the paint last even longer
- Masking tape
- Sheet of chipboard
- Logo printed on paper
- Precision knife
Step 1: Making Your Stencil
To paint your logo onto the rim, you will first need to print out the logo on a paper. This printed logo has to be the size that you would want to appear on the rim itself after it has been painted.
Tape down the printed paper on a sheet of chipboard or cardboard, and use moderate pressure to make an outline of the logo onto the chipboard or cardboard using a pen.
Take off the paper and use a precision knife to cut out the logo from the chipboard or cardboard. Make sure that you are not cutting out any interior parts of the logo design.
Step 2: Painting Your Logo onto the Rim
Now that your stencil is ready, use masking tape to cover any parts of the wheel that you do not want the paint to get on, such as the tire. Secure your stencil over the rim using tape. Before you start spraying, give your spray paint bottle a good shake.
From a distance of about a foot from the rim, spray on your wheel paint lightly for an initial layer. If you are using different colors, you might want to think of the sequence to spray them in beforehand.
Make sure the nozzle is parallel to the stencil so that you are not holding the paint bottle at an angle. This will help you get clean edges. After the first light layer of paint dries, you can go in heavier with the second layer. Repeat the painting process a couple more times, letting each layer dry before you paint on the next one.
Once the last layer of paint has dried, spray on the clear wheel gloss generously over the stencil. After a couple of minutes, take off your stencil very carefully, and you should now have your wheel’s rim proudly representing your motorcycle club.
The methods mentioned above are an easy and affordable way to have your motorcycle club logo painted onto your rim. It is, of course, not an exact alternative to what a professional could do.
That said, if done right, this process will yield a satisfying result for you so that you can show off your motorcycle club anywhere you go.
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