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    Cleaning Tubular rims

    I just picked up an old Italian Bike that has Rigida Pro rims that I took the tubulars off of and would like to clean them up and mount some Tufo's on. What can I use to get off the old glue without ruining the finish of the rims? Let me know!

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    Goof-Off works good for me. We had a long thread about this a few months ago.
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    What we use in the shop is Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone (MEK) and a rag. Since it is a fairly potent solvent, gloves are reccomended as is ventilation. The glue will soften readily with the dampened rag, and in seconds should wipe right off.
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    What about cleaning carbon tubulars? Would Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone (MEK) eat away at the carbon? Is Goo Gone (goo off) safe for carbon? Should i just try scraping the glue off with a spoon or something?
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    cleaning rims

    i use sos pads. i have cleaned lots of bikes with them and it works good for me. very good on rusted chrome, don't know about carbon fiber, having never had one of them. john

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    I have sat there for a long time w/ a plastic tire lever, and some elbow grease. I would be uncomfortable w/ a strong solvent on carbon, personally. They don't have to be perfect, just get the majority of the old stuff off.

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    Well acetone doesn't seem to do a whole lot, a spoon to scrape, eraser to gunk up, and acetone to wipe it down and dry out seems to be the only feasable solution unless i want to sped 10-15 hours scraping off every little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mhendricks
    I just picked up an old Italian Bike that has Rigida Pro rims that I took the tubulars off of and would like to clean them up and mount some Tufo's on. What can I use to get off the old glue without ruining the finish of the rims? Let me know!
    Just the other day I removed ALL the old glue from an Arc-N-ciel wheel I was working on. Started with denatured alcohol - worked fair, then pulled out some "naptha" that I had - worked a little better, then I pulled out the laquer thinner, rubber gloves and fine steel wool and paper towels - it worked RIGHT NOW fast, heavy fumes though, definitely do this outdoors only, working indoors you might as well be paint huffing, as breathing the vapors for long will leave you disoriented with a sweet, toxic taste in your nose and mouth (no kidding). Anyway, the laquer thinner removed the residue the best. The only problem I had was some of the softened glue mixed with the thinner and some gummy residue got on other, previously clean parts of the wheel like the top of the rim or sidewalls or spokes, but a little extra wipedown with clean solvent takes care of that.

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    Finish Line makes a citrus cleaner that works wonders on adhesives with very little elbow grease. Might be worth a try....

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    scrape off as much excess as possible before you use any solvents to help speed up the removal.

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    I just used paint thinner, which worked pretty well on aluminum rims. Of course, I also didn't worry about getting every little spec off. You just have to get enough off that the new glue will glue the tire to the rim and not just another layer of old glue.

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    Lacquer-thinner has the most powerful cutting/solvent action, but it evaporates very quickly. So you have to keep on soaking your rag and working quickly. Xylene doesn't evaporate as quickly and works very well. It's often marketed as "sticker remover" at 5x the cost of xylene. Pick up a small can of xylene @ Home Depot for $5.

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    nice, if I ever go back to tubulars I'll check that out.

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    Wow, people have been topping a lot of really old posts recently.

    The harder the glue is to get off, the more reason there is to leave it on. New glue sticks better to old glue than to a bare rim.
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