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Old 10-23-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning Foam tires run on carpet

One thing I don't like about carpet racing with foam tires is all the traction compound gunky residue and carpet fibers that the tires pick up during a race.
also an associated problem with a kind of slick shellac like coating I get on the tires some of the time. (I was told that this comes from overheating the tires and it is melted traction compound)

I have read people recommending motor spray to clean tires or actually soaking them in the traction compound it self.

Might the slick shellac like coating also be caused by using too much traction compound or not wiping enough of it off before race.

Is their any special procedure you do with your tires during the week to deep clean them or in other ways prepare them?

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when the traction gets high emough to cause the symptoms you're describing lots of racers will alternate between sets of tires. After a round they will scrub them clean with motor spray and a terry towel or rag and then let them sit. Could be other ways to do this but A. This one works and B. Its been like 9 months since we've had that kind of traction at my track.
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i scrub the tires with oops and a paprer towel after every run and befor i leave the track

works just as good as motor spray
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robinson lighter fluid in the yellow bottle works really well . .
as soon as you come off the track put it on then wipe it off with a rag
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Zippo lighter fluid works just as well. I get it for like $1 per bottle. Lasts quite a while.
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Blue painters tape works very well; and with no checmicals used, less of a chance to damage the tires.
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I am still not clear what causes the slick shiny coating, is it melted traction compound.

Will cleaning with solvents like lighter fluid or motor spray adversly effect the foam over time and/or for the next race?
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I like to use motor spray. Just spray it on and wipe it off. I use either terry rags or Scott blue shop towels. This build-up is usually caused by the rubber laid down in the groove getting caked on the tires. Some traction compounds (Jack) cause it more than others. We don't have enough on our track to cause this problem... yet.
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