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Old 12-16-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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What is everyone's tire cleaning regiment for carpet tires. What do you use for cleaning fluid?
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sxt tire cleaner.
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I use odorless mineral spirits. A gallon is about $14 at Wally World. That gallon will do a whole bunch of tires!
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After a run I clean tires with the same sauce I'm using that day.

Brand new tires I clean only the very first time with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, to remove the waxy mold release coating. Sauce won't sink into the tire unless that coating is removed first.
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For rubber tire I either use motor cleaner or traction compound after every race/practice. If grip is satisfactory I'll use motor cleaner. If not I'll go with traction compound. I go through a lot of blue shop towels cleaning tires.

fyi, paulie has a vid on YouTube covering what he does

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I was previously cleaning my tires with non-chlorinated brake cleaning, but recently switch to using a home brew sauce that has mineral spirits, and naphtha. It works much better and provides more consistent traction after putting on SXT on my tires before the race.
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Ive heard lighter fluid works good for cleaning. Havent tried it yet, but looking for a cheaper alternative to tire sauce. It gets expensive using it before and after a race.
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Lighter fluid works great for cleaning, but I would advise letting the tires dry for a few races before applying new tire sauce after cleaning because I have had a slightly slippery round that I blamed on there still being lighter fluid on my tires when I sauced with SXT . Other good options are motor spray, or electronics cleaner as it's called now as I can't remember the last time I actually sprayed out a motor. The can of Performance Plus 4 that I bought at the IIC is pretty good, leaves no residue that I can see, and at about 7 bucks for the can it wasn't too expensive.
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How is it good for cleaning if I cant re-sauce in an hour or so? Im confused about your proccess. You clean with lighter fluid, then race with no sauce for several races and withoit cleaning between rounds?
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Ive heard lighter fluid works good for cleaning. Havent tried it yet, but looking for a cheaper alternative to tire sauce. It gets expensive using it before and after a race.
A cheaper alternative for tire sauce is Gojo hand cleaner(not the pumice and not a generic knockoff)because it's main ingredient is petroleum distillates. In fact it's the first ingredient on the label. It actually works great as a softener and the small tubs are pretty cheap when you can find em'!
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I just use warm water and soap.

Never had a issue, and it makes them sticky.
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How is it good for cleaning if I cant re-sauce in an hour or so? Im confused about your proccess. You clean with lighter fluid, then race with no sauce for several races and withoit cleaning between rounds?
My apologies. I used the term "race" as a rough period of time that I presumed we would all be familiar with, which would generally be a period of time somewhere between 6 and 9 minutes.

For the layman or tyro unaware of RC racing jargon, a translation for "dry for a few races" can be translated to "allow 20-30 minutes for the solvent to dry, or roughly how long it takes to complete two to three rc qualifiers or heats with each being between 6-8 minutes long accounting for the roughly 2 minute delay between the end of one heat and the start of another."

It is generally accepted that you should sauce tires before each qualifier and main event, to better guarantee consistent car performance characteristics.


Sorry, my smartass gene got the best of me there. I literally could not stop myself.
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Ive heard lighter fluid works good for cleaning. Havent tried it yet, but looking for a cheaper alternative to tire sauce. It gets expensive using it before and after a race.
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Lighter fluid works great for cleaning, but I would advise letting the tires dry for a few races before applying new tire sauce after cleaning because I have had a slightly slippery round that I blamed on there still being lighter fluid on my tires when I sauced with SXT . Other good options are motor spray, or electronics cleaner as it's called now as I can't remember the last time I actually sprayed out a motor. The can of Performance Plus 4 that I bought at the IIC is pretty good, leaves no residue that I can see, and at about 7 bucks for the can it wasn't too expensive.
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Lighter Fluid contains naptha alcohol, as does Wurth's, which should evaporate off the tyres after being applied.

If you have doubts, perhaps you could try using the lighter fluid to clean the tyres, then clean again using the tyre sauce.
Wipe the sauce off and leave until you want to apply the additive proper to use for the race.
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Most tracks use SXT out here, and I will use either SXT, SXT cleaner, or Trinity Sticky Fingers for cleaning. I put it on a blue towel, and spin the tire with the V1 MuchMore Tire Sander. Quick and easy. It also ensures the tires are the same everytime I sauce, so it keeps things consistent. I do the same thing with new tires, as it will take off the mold release as well.

The V2 tire sander (reversable one) spins too fast for use with a 12v power supply, and works better of a 2s lipo. The v1 works fine off 12v. There is also a new one (SkyRC and someone else with the same) that is reversable with adjustable speed that can be used as well.
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