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Is it ok to use acetone to remove glue from used 1/10th buggy tires ?

Old 07-27-2022, 03:59 AM
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Hi all,


Per thread topic stated, maybe you can share your thoughts ?
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Old 07-27-2022, 04:50 AM
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Hi,

Are you trying to re-use the tires or the wheel.

The acetone will dissolve the glue. But it will effect the tire, so tire will not work the same after the acetone.

But you can use acetone to remove tires from wheels, so wheels can be reused.

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Yes, works great!
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Old 07-27-2022, 07:30 AM
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Yup, although some brands of wheels will dissolve, famously Tamiya.
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It will also harden the plastic, so you will not get as much use out of them. They will eventually become brittle.
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Kind of depends if you are going to soak or do fumes only, and (as mentioned) which you are trying to save/re-use ...

Edit to add: ... 'chrome' wheels have peeled off on me in acetone, both liquid and fumes ... I have saved/reused wheels, tires and foams, using the 'fumes' method. I can usually get one side to peel off fairly quickly in the fumes, then I open the tire and get the foam out (all I use are closed cell foams), wash the foam immediately in soap and water and let dry, put the tire/wheel back in the fumes until it can be peeled off completely. Then I will use a toothbrush dipped in the acetone to scrub the glue residue off the tire, then wash in soap/water, let dry ... drop the wheel into the acetone liquid until clean, wash & re-use ...

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Hi all,


Glad to hear that the wheels can be re-use after been soaked in acetone.
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Originally Posted by OffRoadJunkie View Post
It will also harden the plastic, so you will not get as much use out of them. They will eventually become brittle.


As in soaking the wheels into acetone for too many hours, then will become harden and brittle ?
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Originally Posted by MiCk B View Post
Hi,

Are you trying to re-use the tires or the wheel.

The acetone will dissolve the glue. But it will effect the tire, so tire will not work the same after the acetone.

But you can use acetone to remove tires from wheels, so wheels can be reused.

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Thank you for this great info, plan to re-use the wheels
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Iíve had good luck reusing both tires and wheels with the oven method. 300F for 45 minutes then they just pull right off.

Basher tires though, not racing. Not sure if that matters.
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Originally Posted by foosoomin View Post
Thank you for this great info, plan to re-use the wheels
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No problem at all.

If it's just the wheels, then you should be able to re-use them multiple times with the acetone to remove the old tyres.
Just check the wheel for cracks etc before you glue up new tyres.

For the acetone I have two containers.
My method.

Cut the old tire off the wheel. Leaving only the glued bead in place.
Place this in a container of acetone, ideal in the liquid, if it's in the vapour it will take longer.
Then after a few days take wheel out of acetone. Remove the tire bead.
Put wheel into second acetone container, this will be used to clean off any remaining glue / stains off the wheel.
An hour or two in second 'cleaning' acetone is all that's needed. Any reaming stain on the wheel can be cleaned off with a rag with some acetone.

The first acetone container will get really dirty, this is ok the acetone will still do the job of removing the glue.
As the second container gets dirtier, it will be harder to get the wheels clean. When this happen empty container 2 into in, thus topping off your first container and fresh acetone into the second 'cleaning' container.
Unless you are doing lots of wheels ( multiple every week), you would only need to refresh the acetone once a year or less.

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MiCk B ,


Thank you for sharing your method.


i have purchase a small square plastic container, enough to place one tire at a time.........i will try & slowly remove all 4 wheels with glue within a week.....i see how it goes.....



Thereafter, will share my experience here
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Hi,

No problem at all.

Should have included this:
I use a 2.5l container for both. So I can have multiple sets of wheels in the acetone. Basically as many as I can fit in the container.
I put a slightly smaller container (ie 2l) with holes in the 2.5l and put the wheels in that. So to remove the wheels I just lift the smaller container with the wheels out, the holes in it let the acetone drain into the bigger tub.

Like this:




I did before put the wheel straight in to the 2.5l container. But always has difficulty getting the wheels out.


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I use the soaking-in-acetone method, and I make sure to use wheels that are nylon so they don't dissolve in acetone. (nylon wheels are the only ones that can withstand hard hits anyway; ABS wheels like Tamiya uses tend to crack on impact, and wouldn't be worth reusing even if ABS didn't dissolve in acetone.) Cut off the tread from the old tires using Lexan scissors, so just the beads are still attached, and remove the foams for reuse if they're still in good condition. Pry the beads up as much as you can, so acetone can get into the cracks, then let the wheels soak for a couple hours. Repeat as necessary until the beads come completely loose. After you've removed the beads, let the wheels soak a little while longer to dissolve any remaining superglue, then wash with dish soap and a toothbrush.
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Old 08-12-2022, 10:23 PM
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Good idea too fyrstormer
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