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Old 11-24-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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Just curious to find out what people are doing for rubber tire prep. I've heard things of WD40, just tire softener etc. What are some helpful tricks? I'm new to rubber tire racing.
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I use Trinity buggy grip to clean the tire. Then check the sidewall and glue/reglue as necessary. 15-20min before the start of the race, I apply Trinity Tire Tweak and bake in with tire warmers. Wipe off excess before the race.
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thanks for the info. Anyone else?
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i first check for weak areas on the sidewall for ca .. then clean tires with motor spray or buggy grip .. then i bake in 2 coats of doc. witts tire tweak. then after each run . start steps over again but only one coat of tweak baked in .. tires will last long time
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I use Trinity buggy grip to clean the tire. Then check the sidewall and glue/reglue as necessary. 15-20min before the start of the race, I apply Trinity Tire Tweak and bake in with tire warmers. Wipe off excess before the race.
are you doing this for carpet or just asphalt
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seafoam works well also, its an automotive engine cleaner, works well on rubber tires, get a 16oz can for $6 I believe
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I usually clean my tyres after the race with Brake cleaner then wipe it off. Then i apply FXII and bake them in for about 15mins (2-3races) till my race. And i wipe off any excess FXII before my race. This is for asphalt racing.
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are you doing this for carpet or just asphalt
Asphalt. I have yet to travel to a track with carpet. Cali is quite limited in that aspect.
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Will any de greaser work to clean the surface prior to treating the tires with softener? Would WD40 work to clean the surface?
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Clean em with carburetor, brake cleaner, motor cleaner, etc... These are nice degreasers...
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Juan, I agree. I'm on the hunt for something that works as well and is cheaper. So far I've tried WD40, lacquer thinner, and paint thinner. WD40 and lacquer thinner both leave residue on the tire, so I'll keep looking. Paint thinner seems promising as it doesn't leave residue, but I haven't been at a race where I've need to remove buildup and had paint thinner handy yet.
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Juan, I agree. I'm on the hunt for something that works as well and is cheaper. So far I've tried WD40, lacquer thinner, and paint thinner. WD40 and lacquer thinner both leave residue on the tire, so I'll keep looking. Paint thinner seems promising as it doesn't leave residue, but I haven't been at a race where I've need to remove buildup and had paint thinner handy yet.
u use thinner on rubber? the thinner wont melt the rubber ??
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Goo Gone, rub it in. Wipe it off. Let it dry. Apply your favorite traction sauce.

If you are racing at a regular track just do what everyone else is doing.
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are you doing this for carpet or just asphalt
I would like to know this too. Im new to electric racing and seen guys use tire warmers outside but not sure if they do it indoors on carpet too?
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kschu, well, give it a try, I don't think it does. I'd like a second opinion on that, as I was a little worried about damage to the rubber when I tried it.
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