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cleaning tubular glue off rims and tires???(8 posts)

cleaning tubular glue off rims and tires???dupe
Sep 15, 2001 12:13 AM
anyone know any good products to clean tubular glue off rims and/or tires?

dont mind elbow work but do mind price.

also, does anyone know of any household products that i can use to keep tires supple or moist?

all help appreciated.

ciao, ben
re: cleaning tubular glue off rims and tires???mackgoo
Sep 15, 2001 1:52 AM
I just replaced some old tires. After getting the tires off, which was very hard, I found most of the glue came off with the tires. Any left on the rim easily rolled of working it with my thumb. Now if your talking rim side walls, I called the manufacturer of my wheels about this as my wheels are carbon so I just wanted to see what they recomend, they recomended acetone. You certainly would want to be carefull and don't allow this stuff to get any where where the tire is glued if you use it after the fact. Also this was a specific aplication, Zipp carbon wheels. You may want to call your wheel manufacturer. Can't speak to the tire supleniss issue. I'd be interested to hear ideas.
Goof Off RemoverBipedZed
Sep 15, 2001 5:30 AM
Available cheap at any hardware store it's a latex paint, glue, and other adhesive remover. A 4.5oz can costs a few bucks and last for years. Checked with Zipp and it's what they suggest for carbon rims also.
don't get anal about glue!alex the engineer
Sep 15, 2001 6:44 AM
Just because there is "old" glue on the rim doesn't mean it has to come off! In fact, several thin layers of glue is the best way to adhere tubulars to the rim. Scrape off globs if they bother you, but unless the glue is either dried and cracked, or has foreign objects (dirt, etc) embedded in it, leave it there! You won't accompish anything by cleaning the rim down to the metal, except in making a mess of your hands.
If you are looking to clean glue off the braking surfaces, acetone works really well, but don't get it near the base tape (causes the base tape to seperate), bearing seals, or anything with a clear coat. Alcohol might be best for tire cleaning. Commercial whitewall cleaner is also effective, but will cause the tubular glue to soften if it comes in contact with that.
Sep 15, 2001 11:39 AM
Other than the reasons mentioned above, the only other time I would strip all glue off a rim is if I'm using a different kind of glue than what's already on there. There's all sorts of lore concerning gluing, but I prefer to have the same adhesive for the strongest bond. FWIW I like Vittoria Mastik the best.

When I worked at bike shops we'd always strip the glue down to the rim if the customer didn't know what type of glue was used previously.
which brings me to the point.......dupe
Sep 16, 2001 1:19 AM
i have bought a bike on a whim unseen which i have ridden and am doing a basic overhaul. i had not known what sort of glue was used and how well it was applied.

for my safety and peace of mind i have stripped the tubulars to check over and inspect the base tape as well. knowing that some glues dont work well together id like to elimanate this if it might be a problem.

i dont want to sound obsessive over a small detail but i am riding the things

i appreciate all those who have contributed and have learnt from your inputs.


ciao, ben
Toluene or xyleneKerry Irons
Sep 16, 2001 2:46 PM
These aromatic solvents are much better than acetone, which is more polar. Like alcohols, polar sovlents don't really do much to dissolve the glue. You probably can't easily get toluene or xylene directly, but it is the primary ingredient in a number of paint strippers. Read the labels and you can get a quart (lifetime supply) for a few bucks. Other names for the same stuff are toluol and xylol. Just soak a bit of a rag with the solvent and rub it on the rim - the glue will come off easily. Probably not a good solvent to use on CF rims, though the exposure time would be pretty short if you just got to it. As with any solvent, use in a well ventilated area, keep away from flames, wear gloves.
Toluene or xyleneBjarne Olsen
Sep 20, 2001 9:32 AM
Your talking about glue and the variuos problems with tubulars in general, but i heard som time ago that you could use a special tape to use instead of glue. Does anyone have experience with that, and know where to buy it?