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How do I remove the glue from my tubular rims(9 posts)

How do I remove the glue from my tubular rimsroot down
Mar 22, 2002 11:02 AM
I bought my first tubular rims (slightly used) and they have nasty glue residue all over them. Before I glue on a new pair, do I need to clean the old crap off, and what is the best way to do this? Thanks!
re: How do I remove the glue from my tubular rimsrobbz27
Mar 22, 2002 11:23 AM
Yes, you should clean the old glue off.

In my single attempt to remove glue from my buddy's rims for him I used: Goo-gone, citrus degreaser, bio degreaser, 7 rags and an immeasureable amount of patience and elbow grease. Good luck
re: How do I remove the glue from my tubular rimsrollo tommassi
Mar 22, 2002 11:24 AM
No, the old stuff provides a good base for the new glue.
I was taught to cross-hatch the old glue base to provide a rougher surface for the new glue to bond to

I seem to recall Sheldon Brown had a good article on mounting tubulars, but I can't find it on his site - help anyone?
It was Ed Zimmermanboneman
Mar 22, 2002 11:45 AM
I've ridden tubs for 25+ years and rarely remove the old glue. It lays down a nice base on which to put the new glue when changing tires. Only rolled one tire in that time when I took down a set of wheels which I hadn't ridden in a few (3???) years and didn't check the bond. A rude awakening but not at speed or during a race.

If you must remove the glue, use a blunt tool like an old (metal) tire iron or blunt butter knife and lots of ventilation if you're using a solvent such as some of the adhesive removers you can find at Home Depot. They're an environmental blight but work better than an of the citrus type products. Again, my advice is don't bother.

Here's Ed's site which is a wonder unto itself. Nice wheel weight calculator although some of the equipment is not the latest but you can easily reference the stuff and back into the weights.

My $.02biknben
Mar 22, 2002 11:43 AM
If the old glue is uniform, not too old, and not dirty, it can be used as a base. Just skip the first step in your glueing process.

FWIW, here is the process I use:
- thin coat to rim, thick coat to tire (soaks in base tape)...wait 24 hours
- thin coat to rim...wait 12 hours
- thin coat to rim and tire...mount quickly.

I error on the side of caution. A bud of mine applies two coats and has the tires mounted within 1/2 hour. Niether of us have had problems.

Good luck with the new tubies.
My $.02MikeC
Mar 22, 2002 12:39 PM
I've used the same system with 100% success. The only time I've removed the old glue is when I've changed to a different brand adhesive, but that's probably more paranoia than logic.
to remove or not to remove ... i guess that's the question - - -liv2padl
Mar 22, 2002 2:52 PM
i rode tubulars for years and didn't remove the old glue. i did striate it before adding a new coat and applied it carefully.

when i did want to remove it, Naphtha worked best.

i ride clinchers now. much mo' betta.
Aromatic solventsKerry
Mar 22, 2002 4:18 PM
Look for something containing toluene (aka toluol) or xylene. Many paint thinners available in paint stores or hardware stores have these components - just read the label. Use in a well ventilated area, and consider wearing gloves - these solvents dry out the skin. There will be a bunch of health warnings, but the kind of exposure you would get working on a wheel is minimal. Just soak a folded rag, and rub it back and forth on the glue, refreshing the rag as it gets gunked up. As noted in other replies, if the glue is not too thick and is still pliable, you don't need to remove it.
an easy, painless wayStarliner
Mar 23, 2002 9:00 AM
yes, its true there is an easy way to do this thankless task...

items i use -

* solvent: 3M Bug, Tar and Adhesive Remover. Available at paint stores and some good hardware stores. Not terribly odious for a solvent.
* paper towels
* string


Take a few paper towels and cut each one of them into four strips apiece.

Fold the strips up into a width roughly equal to the width of your rim

Press each strip onto the glued surface of the rim, all the way around until glued surface is covered.

Take length of string, make a slip knot on one end, loop it around the rim over the paper strips, and then bring free end of string through knotted end, pull tight and tie off.

With paper strips secured to rim by string, now soak each strip with solvent.

Leave rim in garage overnight.

Next day, check under a strip. Glue should either have lifted off or is in a soft, wipable state. If glue is still hard, soak strips again and check later.