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Tubular Glue(7 posts)

Tubular Gluebna
Jan 8, 2004 1:10 PM
What is the best way to remove old glue from tubular rims?

re: Tubular Glueone_speed
Jan 8, 2004 1:23 PM
i've used a couple things that work well, "brake clean" which is really wicked stuff used by mechanics to clean parts. and "goof off," which is what i currently use and can be purchased at hardware and maybe even grocery stores. works pretty well. i use an old truing stand, apply while rotating the wheel, and keep it going for a while (a good 5 minutes or so) so it doesn't all go to one side. then, wipe down with a rag and do it again. sometimes you may need to budge the thicker stuff with a tire lever. be careful where you use this, as it's one hell of a paint remover.keep it away from your hubs too, can't imagine it would be too good on the seals and such. i recommend doing it outside, or at least in a very well ventilated area. wicked fumes. good luck!
re: Tubular Gluestinkyhelmet
Jan 8, 2004 1:32 PM
I use paint thinner to clean up my hands after a glue job but have never used it to clean a rim. I have never completely removed old glue from rims before, just scraped the big chunks away. The application of fresh will re-fresh and partially dissolve the old glue.
depends on the glue...Arnold Zefal
Jan 8, 2004 2:10 PM
if it's a clear type glue 'ala Conti then Naptha does a pretty good job. if it's neat glue job already, sometimes the Naptha will reactivate the stuff that's on there and you can just add a new layer or two (of the same type of glue. if it's the old red Tubasti stuff then use paint stripper. put plastic down cuz it's a mess. but it will get that rim sparkling clean. read the directions as most need to be flushed with water after all the gunk is off.
Think aromaticKerry Irons
Jan 8, 2004 5:20 PM
You want to find a solvent with a high aromatic content. Go to your hardware store or paint store and start reading labels. Solvents with words like toluene, toluol, xylene, xylol should do the trick.
Don't, unless you really need to:Dave_Stohler
Jan 8, 2004 5:37 PM
Old glue can actually increase your holding strength. There is absolutely no need to clean down to bare metal. Who's gonna see it, anyway?

I met a guy once who was so anal-retentive that he cleaned all the glue off his rims every time he changed his tires! Don't become like that.
re: Tubular Glueshopclass69
Jan 9, 2004 5:28 AM
What about using TUFO glue strips on top of old glue?