Tire Glueing

Old 08-20-2010, 04:56 PM
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Any tips? Just glued my HPI X pattern tires to my new wheels and it seems to get everywhere. I mounted the tires then peel back the bead and apply glue. It squirts out and gets all over the side walls. Looks terrible. I can assume it will wear off after the first few races but is this the norm?
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:42 PM
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Use thin glue, and use less glue.

You don't have to squeeze a lot of glue in, and you don't have to peel the tire back real far. With thin glue, pull the tire back juuuuust enough to get the glue where you want it, and then walk around the edge, the glue will move where it's needed, when you get to the next dry spot, pull it back a tiny amount and add another drop. Keep going until you get all the way around the tire. Then, if you want a little extra insurance, put a small drop of glue where the tire and sidewall meet, and roll the tire at an angle so the glue "runs" around that union. If it won't move any more, another drop of glue is needed, but if your drop is a little more than you need to finish the tire, keep rolling the glue drop at that bead until it starts drying, and you'll have a nice looking glue job.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:55 PM
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Unfortunately it seems to take practice. I had the same issues on gluing my 1st tyres, Im getting better now.

Try using a cable tie to place a drop of glue where you need it.
or Get glue with a small hole in the applicator nozzle.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:01 PM
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I just watched a few videos on you tube. Seems like they all get glue everywhere. Maybe Im just anal but i do like a clean looking wheel. But as I stated before I am sure the first 3 heats and main will wear all the excess off the sidewall quickly, I am on asphalt and my current wheels and tires are smoked.
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Good day!

Here is another option.

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:35 PM
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I like to line up a bunch of tires and glue them at once to get them outta the way cos it can be messy.

Use the little insert that some glues come with. I use medium Proline CA and it has the insert tube. Cut about 1/4" off the tube and stick in the end of the CA bottle. This limits how much glue can come out at once and you get a nice dot in the right place.

I also use the Tamiya wheel mounting tool.
This can be a bit hard to find these days with so many pre-mounts. I don't use the top disc that came with it but just use my finger nail to peel back a bit of the bead at a time. As was said before jsut use a small drop of glue and work it around the rim. When it stops flowing put another drop.

I keep a Q-tip handy to clean up any messes quickly.

Once I've got 1 side done I wrap a rubber band around it and go through all the other tires before flipping them over to do the other side.

It takes a bit of practice but after a couple of sets you'll have them looking like factory pre-mounts. It's really tricky to do a tidy job without the tube insert as so much glue can come out at once and then it will flow outside of the bead rather than around the inside between the bead and the rim.
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