The only thing I can think of is to figure out a way to chuck the tire into a drill and load a little bit of paint onto a brush or Q-tip. Put the brush or Q-tip on the tire and slowly spin it with the drill.
Back in the day, guys suffered permanent and serious illness from painting without a respirator or a paint suit. Now they are pretty much required in the 1to 1 shops. Given the reaction you had, I think you should wear a mask whenever you paint or clean up, particularly since this sounds like it has happened before.
Believe it or not, we are still the world’s largest manufacturing country. The reason we don’t see it is because these companies do not make the things we buy. Companies like Boeing, Caterpillar and Deere are very big here and in the export markets. While these are manufacturing jobs, they require a skilled labor force to do the jobs. Having stated that here is the rub. The benefit of having a broad manufacturing base is that it allows our under educated and uneducated population an opportunity to live a middle class lifestyle and put their kids in college, which allows inter-generational progress. This is what has made this country the powerhouse it has been for a lot of its history. The other problem that is compounded by not having a broad based manufacturing sector is that if we look at the high school graduation rates in many parts of this country, it is appalling. We have large cities where the graduation rates are well under 50%. This in turn leads to a large number of people who have little to no skills and cannot find jobs that will help them move up the economic ladder. The move toward the economy we have now started in the 1950’s. It gained some traction in the 70’s and then took off in the 90’s. The economy we have now is what a lot of people feared would happen, but our elites told us that all would be fine. Well most of us now know it is not fine. Our standard of living has been in decline for almost 20 years. The median wage in this country in 1999 was around $60,000.00 and the last measurement I saw it is in the $52 - $53,000.00 range. This data might be a year or two old. But one cannot say we have much improvement when our labor participation rate is stubbornly stuck at about 62% The sad part is that I am not sure we have the will as a country to turn this around. Neither political party has the stomach for the effort it will take, nor am I sure the public can find the necessary common ground to force the required change based on how divided the country is.
I really have a difficult time understanding the angst with this auction. All of us buy things most every day. If the seller prices the item in line with what we are willing to pay, we will buy it. We will look for a substitute item or forego the purchase altogether if the price is too high.
This seller has a fifty year old item and thinks it’s worth $300.00. If he gets that price, then bully for him. If he does not get that price, then it should be an indication he has it priced too high and should lower the price. Time will tell.