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    How to handle the valve stem cover when painting stock wheels?

    I am going to paint my stock wheels with the tires mounted and I'm not sure what to do about the valve stem covers. I see a lot of people online that have painted their wheels in a similiar way, but can't find the answers I'm looking for.

    One question I have is can you take the valve stem covers off the wheels while the tire is mounted? Will it still hold in the air? I don't want to just paint over these while still mounted because if I do have to remove them it will more than likely crack paint on the rim.

    Also do they make replacement covers for these? I'd like to paint them black or replace them with black ones.

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrharmo1 View Post
    I am going to paint my stock wheels with the tires mounted and I'm not sure what to do about the valve stem covers. I see a lot of people online that have painted their wheels in a similiar way, but can't find the answers I'm looking for.

    One question I have is can you take the valve stem covers off the wheels while the tire is mounted? Will it still hold in the air? I don't want to just paint over these while still mounted because if I do have to remove them it will more than likely crack paint on the rim.

    Also do they make replacement covers for these? I'd like to paint them black or replace them with black ones.

    Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
    No, the valve stem is integral to the tire, you can't take it out without removing the whole tire. And what are you looking for replacement covers for?

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    To remove the TPMS/valve stem you have to unscrew the nut (cover) over the valve stem from the outside of the wheel. I'm just curious if you can remove that cover while the tire is mounted and not lose air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrharmo1 View Post
    To remove the TPMS/valve stem you have to unscrew the nut (cover) over the valve stem from the outside of the wheel. I'm just curious if you can remove that cover while the tire is mounted and not lose air.
    Ah, I see what you mean now. To be honest, I don't know. One of the techs on here might be able to give you a better answer.

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    You *can* unscrew the nut off the TPMS, as air pressure will keep the sensor in place. BUT...if you bump it hard while the nut is off (there's also a thin AL washer behind the nut), you can knock it out and it will fall into the tire, and the tire will deflate IMMEDIATELY, potentially crushing the sensor in the process. Then you're stuck. As long as you don't knock it in while the nut is off, you're ok. And don't over-tighten the nut when you put it back or you'll kill the sensor.

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm kinda stuck on how about going about this. Maybe I should just paint over the covers. Anyone on here painted their wheels? How'd you go about it?

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    can you just wrap the valve stem covers in some masking tape? that's the quickest/easiest solution i can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markowitz View Post
    can you just wrap the valve stem covers in some masking tape? that's the quickest/easiest solution i can think of.

    This is what I would do.

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    I just didnt know if it would look dumb if I didnt paint them to match the wheels

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    ive painted like 3 sets of wheels over the years. and i usually just tape off the stem and its good.

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    I think that if they match the wheels, it looks like you were too lazy to mask them off.

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    Everybody's valve stems in the world are 1 of 3 colors.
    1. black (rubber)
    2. Chrome (most aftermarket wheels) which are a plan rubber valve stem with a Chrome sleeve over them
    3. dull aluminum (TPMS Style)

    Make it your own.

    They do sell TPMS Rebuild kits but each one contains different items. Call your Scion Parts Department and ask. They will not be black though.
    The only wheel paint that will clip is if your socket hits it - unless you are putting a thick coating on (like rubber) that connects the nut to the wheel
    then you just use a sharp knife to cut them apart.
    Last edited by kent55; 02-26-2012 at 07:57 PM.

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    You can get blue ones with Volk wheels ;)

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