R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Nitro Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-22-2011, 08:22 AM   #1
Tech Adept
 
smccolp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northwest arkansas
Posts: 106
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default Tire softening tip

Have you found yourself wanting a softer tire? Did your buddy sell you his hard compound tires like my buddy did? Well here's a quick tip to help soften the rubber effectively and its way cheaper than buying a new set of duds. Find a spray can of paint stripper that contains the chemical NMP or the chemical toluene. I place a mounted tire with the flat side of the rim down on a rag or towel. Spray the paint stripper on the knobbys with good coating of stripping foam and let it sit. In 40* weather, an hour of sitting was good enough to take my hard crime fighters to a soft compound. keep in mind the stripper used, temperature, and tire will determine the time. Do this in a well ventilated area for sure! After sitting, you can was the residue off with a garden hose and simple green. I know this does work on other tires as well. These are the same chemicals we used in oval kart racing and it works wonders. My motocross experience has led me to believe that simple green doesnt soften the tires but conditions them, which is perfect for tires that are already soft.
Sean
smccolp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #2
Tech Regular
 
Redvet79's Avatar
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Mifflintown, Pa
Posts: 410
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default

I have heard this before. Do you have a brand name for the stripper? lol Paint remover i mean.
__________________
See You At The Track
Lost Creek R/C Oakland Mills, Pa.
Redvet79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2011, 06:47 PM   #3
Tech Adept
 
smccolp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northwest arkansas
Posts: 106
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

her name is candy! lol! its the aircraft stripper or the aerosol paint stripper. most of them have one or both of the chems i believe. its around 8 or 9 bucks a can but a quarter can got me 3 full sets of tires softened up.
smccolp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
Tech Master
 
dnebout's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NorCal
Posts: 1,098
Trader Rating: 32 (100%+)
Default

Do they stay soft?
__________________
Losi 8T 2.0, Werks B5 Pro, Savox 1267 / Hitec 7950
Losi Eight 2.0, Nova 4c, Hitec 7940 / Hitec 7955
Losi Eight E 2.0, RX8, Tekin 1900kv / Hitec 7955
Blackjack 26
Aka: Deebo, Poppa Pump / Busted Knuckle Wheelin' / Henchmen Racing
dnebout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
Tech Adept
 
smccolp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northwest arkansas
Posts: 106
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

Its been 3 weeks since ive done mine and I cant tell that they've hardened any yet. IMO, the cleaner you keep them the less prone to drying out the rubber is though. Also, if you can get it, creosote works really awesome too. Usually in karting, we used a special blend of creosote, diesel, toluene, and NMP. That gave us softening and tackiness and the tires never dried out.
smccolp is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
KARZ Calgary xrayroooahhhh Canadian R/C Scene 19109 05-12-2017 07:51 AM
offroad tire "secrets" thedoc329 Electric Off-Road 31 04-29-2005 04:39 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 12:40 PM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net