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Old 01-20-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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I go to a track to race touring car with foam tires and we have to be careful of the carpet. Right now, we all use go-jo hand cleaner on the foam tires and wipe em off real good before we go out. Somebody was just recommended Simple Green to try on the foams. Any ideas or experiences?
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Years ago, the hot item for asphalt racing was Coppertone sun tan lotion with at least an spf of 24 or higher. It would soften the foam and not pick up dirt. Smear it on the tire, let soak for a while and wipe off right before the race. Never tried it on carpet but may be worth a shot.
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Are you trying to gain traction without marking the carpet? Even suntan lotion or Simple green is going to lead to the tires marking the carpet after enough running.

Where are you racing that you have to be so "careful" about what you use for traction?
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Are you trying to gain traction without marking the carpet? Even suntan lotion or Simple green is going to lead to the tires marking the carpet after enough running.

Where are you racing that you have to be so "careful" about what you use for traction?
we are racing in a church gym..so the board members do not want to carpet grooved.i also heard about the suntan lotion.and recently the simple green.
but we havew been using gojo as tom said.
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Ah, that makes a bit more sense [other than one more question: The church gym is carpeted?]. Not feasible to get a roll of race carpet you can unroll each week?

I wish you guys luck. Just keep in mind that anything that will really be effective to gain traction still has the possibility of bringing dirt to the surface of the tire, as well as draw out some of the foam dye, which can make it into the carpet anyway.
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Ah, that makes a bit more sense [other than one more question: The church gym is carpeted?]. Not feasible to get a roll of race carpet you can unroll each week?

I wish you guys luck. Just keep in mind that anything that will really be effective to gain traction still has the possibility of bringing dirt to the surface of the tire, as well as draw out some of the foam dye, which can make it into the carpet anyway.
they havent said anything about trying different carpeting.
we have been racing on this carpet for about 4 yrs or more.
just trying to get someother ideas for a traction compound that wont groove.

when using the gojo and people dont wipe they tires very good.well it leaves marks...comes right up when cleaning the carpet though.
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I would continue to use Gojo, It's gonna work just as well as anything and a tub is dirt cheap and last a loooong time. Tanning lotion does the same thing but generally cost more. Really anything that will soften the tire will work. I don't like simple green on foams or rubber, my vote is Gojo.
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I would continue to use Gojo, It's gonna work just as well as anything and a tub is dirt cheap and last a loooong time. Tanning lotion does the same thing but generally cost more. Really anything that will soften the tire will work. I don't like simple green on foams or rubber, my vote is Gojo.
Gojo will keep your hands clean as well. The hand cleaner to be used on foam tires should not contain pumice. I saw this on an old tutorial video before.
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lol...although i am about ready to use a tooth brush to apply though.this way im not wiping my hands on a rag all the time.or in some cases forget to wipe my hands then i go to grab stuff and wipe it on that...lol
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Thanks for the responses fellas. I just didnt know if there was some obvious old school trick we didnt know about. Looks like go-jo it is. They've been racing in that gym for 4 years and you really cant tell!
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