Recycle rims?

Old 08-12-2007, 07:05 AM
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If your tires tear or wear out, do you recycle your rims if it is still in good condition?
How do you do that to get the CA glue to loosen the tires?
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Some people boil their tires off, while others soak the entire thing in acetone.

If you plan on doing either one be careful as the wheels could be ruined. I once tried boiling a set of Tamiya wheels (ABS) and they warped. Nylon wheels should be OK though.
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Originally Posted by quick5pnt0 View Post
Some people boil their tires off, while others soak the entire thing in acetone.

If you plan on doing either one be careful as the wheels could be ruined. I once tried boiling a set of Tamiya wheels (ABS) and they warped. Nylon wheels should be OK though.
What is acetone?
How do I know whether it is ABS or Nylon?
How long do I have to boil or soak in acetone?
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Acetone is a fairly nasty chemical that u can buy at any home supply store. Be careful of the fumes inside the house or around pets/people. Put a screen or something inside a jar/container [w/ a lid] and put the tires on top of the screen, w/ a bit of acetone at the bottom. Just a dab will do ya. Fumes will loosen the glue, no need to submerge the tires. Leave for a few hours, peel old tires and foams, throw them away and reuse the wheels.

I know Tamiya will melt, and HPI won't. Don't know how u tell for other brands. Just keep your eyes open for info someplace, or u could always experiment. I saw a listing of brands/compounds somewhere, but cannot remember where. I will post if I can find it today. Hope that helps. Cheers.
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:10 AM
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Here it is: found this post on the rubber tires for dummies thread on this forum. Good info there, check it out.

There are generally 2 kinds of rims. ABS and Nylon. ABS will melt in acetone or if boiled. Nylon is impervious to Acetone or can be boiled but Acetone works best.

ABS Rims:

Tamiya
Take Off CS
Take Off RP
Some Yokomo
Sorex

Nylon:

All Proline
All Schumacher
Some Yokomo
Echo MDX
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Thanks for the info.
looks like I have to discard the rims. Those are tamiya rims
Basically I am using sorex and tamiya rims so not much hope for recycle
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