How to Rubberize Power Wheels Tires ( Without Buying New Tires )

Plastic tires is the standard on Power Wheels, they are not durable and this is a big matter for every parent. Because the budget we put when buying power wheels is important. When the traction begins to demonstrate loose behavior on various surfaces. Tires can slip, slide, and the vehicle may struggle to progress on sand, gravel, or other surfaces.

So, if you want to get rid of this common problem, the best alternative method is to rubberize tires to get a better grip and a better performance.

You can of course buy new rubber tires, mount them and it’s done but you can also keep the plastic tires and give them a “rubber boost” with one of these methods :

  1. Using Bike Tires
  2. Using Rubber Safety Steps
  3. Using Rubber Spray ( rubber coating )

1.Use Bike Tires To upgrade Plastic Tires

Step 1: Gather your materials

  • Old bike tires (narrower than the power wheels tires)
  • Tire lever or flathead screwdriver
  • Utility knife or heavy-duty scissors
  • Zip ties

Step 2: Remove the inner tube and cut the bike tire to get rubber bands

Remove the inner tube from the bike tire if present. Measure the Power Wheels tire circumference and cut the bike tire accordingly ( it can be smaller ).

Step 3: Fit the rubber bands onto the Power Wheels tire

Stretch the bike tire over the Power Wheels tire, ensure it fits snugly.

Step 4: Secure the bike tire

You can use three-quarter-inch screws to attach the bike tire to the wheels. To do this, drill a hole into the tire and attach it to the wheel using the screws.

Pros:

  • Extand the life of the current used plastic tires
  • Improve the traction
  • Reuses old bike tires ( perfect for sustainability )

Cons:

  • May be hard to find used bike tires.

Check this tutorial to do it correctly :

2.Mount Rubber Safety Steps to improve the traction of the wheels

Step 1: Gather your materials

  • Rubber safety steps (sized to fit your Power Wheels tires)
  • Clean cloth
  • Tape measure (optional)

Step 2: Prepare the tires

Ensure the Power Wheels tires are clean and dry.

Step 3: Install the safety steps

  • If the rubber safety steps do not come with pre-applied adhesive, apply adhesive to the back of the safety steps
  • Align the safety step with the center of the tire’s surface. Press the safety step firmly onto the tire. Continue applying the safety step around the tire until it overlaps with the starting point.
  • Cut the excess if any
  • check the alignment, with a tape measure to check the distance on either side of the safety steps at several spots on the tire, or you can spin the tire to observe the placement.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Non-invasive method
  • Can be easily removed or replaced

Cons:

  • May not provide as much traction as other methods
  • Potentially more expensive
  • May Be Hard to find the steps that grip like tires

3.Rubber Coating using seal ( liquid or spray ):

Step 1: Gather your materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this project:

  • Flex Seal Rubberized Coating liquid or Spray
  • Disposable gloves
  • Clean cloth
  • Sandpaper (medium-grit) – optional

Step 2: Prepare the tires

Before you start, make sure the toy vehicle’s tires are clean and dry. You can lightly sand the surface of the tires for a better adhesion. It’s not mandatory.

Step 3: Apply the Flex Seal

Put on your disposable gloves and spray the Flex Seal Rubberized Coating evenly onto the tire. Make sure to cover the entire surface and keep your spray movement steady to prevent pooling or drips.

Allow the first coat to dry for a bit before applying a second one.

Step 4: Let it dry

Let the tires dry completely. The time will depend on the thickness of your application and the seal you used.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Materials are easy to source
  • Improves traction significantly
  • Can be applied at home

Cons:

  • Requires a significant amount of drying time
  • May need reapplication over time due to wear and tear

You can see how this person applied the sealĀ  :

Conclusion

Adding rubber to your Power Wheels tires can really help make them grip better and run smoother.

Each way of doing this has good things and bad things, so think about what you need and like best when you’re picking a way to do it. But all the ways we talked about will put rubber on your tires. Making your tires better this way can save you cash and stuff instead of buying whole new rubber tires.

These are the cheapest ways to stop your Power Wheels tires from sliding around!