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    Sticky goo on MTB rim

    Hey everyone, I had an old mountain bike all tuned up until I realized that there was a sticky section on the rear rim that screwed up the braking action.

    I've tried using Simple Green, rubbing alcohol and high grit sandpaper on the rim, but the brake pads keep halting at that spot.

    The stickiness is caused by this clear gooey residue, almost like glue. Is there some extreme measure that I can take? Thanks.

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    Goof off, and if that doesn't work try an oily substance like WD 40 which will sometimes work on sticky stuff (like using peanut butter to get gum out of hair).
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    Lacquer thinner should take care of it. Careful not to get it on the tire, and wear gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torchy McFlux View Post
    Lacquer thinner should take care of it. Careful not to get it on the tire, and wear gloves.
    Hey Torchy, thanks for the advice. I dipped a toothbrush in some of that lacquer thinner and applied it to the rim and let it dry. Feels very smooth now. (So do my teeth!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkeric View Post
    Hey Torchy, thanks for the advice. I dipped a toothbrush in some of that lacquer thinner and applied it to the rim and let it dry. Feels very smooth now. (So do my teeth!)
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