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Old 09-24-2008, 07:49 PM   #16
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Baby wipes works a treat as a cleaner. Then finish off with traction sauce.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:02 PM   #17
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This is a little off subject. i use motor spray to clean tires, is motor spray the same as contact & circuit board cleaner?
Most motor spray is contact & circuit board cleaner nowdays. Its much dryer and flashes quicker than older motor sprays and brake cleaners. There are some brake cleaners that are just as good. You can tell because they smell the same as motor spray and have no oily residue.

FYI, all these cleaners are designed to strip oils from motor parts, circuit boards etc. Tires have a natural oil content in them. This oil goes away over time and tire performance goes away with it. This is also why all rubber tire traction compounds have some kind of oil as a major component.

Motor spray will over time hurt your rubber tires. The best tire cleaner is Trinity Buggy Grip. It has an oil and a solvent in it. It will clean and condition your tires if sprayed on a paper towel. Just wipe until no more dirt comes off. Then the tire is ready for you choice of traction compound.

If it is cool outside Buggy Grip can be a great traction compound if painted on the tires with a brush and baked in with tire warmers.

If it is hot oily compounds like Tire Tweak and Zip are better.
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What about using denatured alcohol to clean your tires ?.
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What about using denatured alcohol to clean your tires ?.
Works well too
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how do any of these methods change for running rubber tires on carpet? this will be my first season running rubber on carpet and I want to have all the tools ready before my first race weekend.

we will be running jaco green's on a medium to high bite ozite.

I'm looking for cleaning and any other traction tips.

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how do any of these methods change for running rubber tires on carpet? this will be my first season running rubber on carpet and I want to have all the tools ready before my first race weekend.

we will be running jaco green's on a medium to high bite ozite.

I'm looking for cleaning and any other traction tips.

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On Carpet I clean mine with simple green then dope them with Jack the gripper seems to be a very consistent approach. You could also use paragon, but check with your carpet track to see what people run first.
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I spray simple green, scrub with a firm bristled toothbrush, rinse thoroughly and towel dry. When I stack them on top of each other they stick to one another..
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were can you get simple green from in uk
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try this - http://www.simplegreen.co.uk/3/compo...tact/Itemid,3/
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Best rubber tires Cleaner is :

"mothers tire rubber cleaner " . Try it for rubber tire cleaner .
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bringing up an old thread, but my question relates to this one.

I got some practice laps in yesterday on an asphalt track. The track seemed to leave a lot more of the gooey - rootbeer - sauce on my tires than usual. It is so thick that i can literally peel if off in chunks.

I usually use Simple Green to clean my tires, yet this is really thick and I feel I have to get that gooey stuff off at least a lot of it off before I can go in w/ Simple Green. Anyone experience this? If so, any recommendations? Its really layered on.
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Try using WD-40, it cleans amazingly well and it sounds like the rootbeer needs more time to dry before driving on it.

Or, if it is cold and/or humid, the moisture in the air will react with the sugar in the root beer and make a layer of sugar on top of the track. Tires will be coated with sugar. Nothing you can do about that.
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bringing up an old thread, but my question relates to this one.

I got some practice laps in yesterday on an asphalt track. The track seemed to leave a lot more of the gooey - rootbeer - sauce on my tires than usual. It is so thick that i can literally peel if off in chunks.

I usually use Simple Green to clean my tires, yet this is really thick and I feel I have to get that gooey stuff off at least a lot of it off before I can go in w/ Simple Green. Anyone experience this? If so, any recommendations? Its really layered on.
Good ol warm water will clean the sugar off. The problem you have is common when the humidity is up and the temps are low. The soda returns to it syrup state and sticks to the rubber, especially if you use traction compound. What we would do on a race track that has become syrup is to wipe the tires with WD40 and ATF before you run. it will create an oily barrier that will help at least for the early laps but as soon as you slow down or the track has long straights, the sugar will start to stick to the tires again. Then it's back to cleaning with warm water.
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Something that Paul Lemieux has suggested and practices is to clean your tires with the same sauce you use to race with. this way there are no unforeseen reactions between chemistries. All traction compounds have solvent in them and will clean the residue off the tires easily.
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Wow, all of your posts have great information. Thank you RotorTruck and YoDog!
I think you are spot on w/ the humidity and sugar sticking ..yesterday was an odd humid day here in California. Lots of clouds w/ 62degree weather, created a weird humid condition. Now my tires have sugar all over them.

I did use tire sauce, ...i may try warm water first and see if that breaks the layers of sugar down. If not i'll try the other techniques mentioned.

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