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    Removing 30+ year old dried tubular glue



    I have a drill, two arms, goo gone, maybe a couple other hand tools. What are my best options that don't involve buying any expensive new equipment to remove this glue? It is about this thick all the way around.
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    Would something like this work?:



    Or should I buy a brass brush drill bit? I do a fair bit of restoration work/flips on bikes and I'm wondering if this would beat elbow grease and brass wool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
    ... What are my best options that don't involve buying any new equipment to remove this glue? It is about this thick all the way around.
    Why remove it? It isn't bad, and is a fine base coat or primer for fresh glue.

    If you want to take it down a bit, I suggest using a wire brush or wire wheel in a power drill to take down the worst of it, then quit and apply fresh glue over the remaining film.
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    I've wire brushed it with a steel brush in a drill to knock it down a bit. I find that a wipe with lacquer thinner smooths it out nicely and allows the old glue to meld with new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Why remove it? It isn't bad, and is a fine base coat or primer for fresh glue.

    If you want to take it down a bit, I suggest using a wire brush or wire wheel in a power drill to take down the worst of it, then quit and apply fresh glue over the remaining film.
    I am going to sell the wheel without a tire and I figure I will attract more potential buyers with a clean rim. Plus, I like things tidy.

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    I use a wire wheel mounted in a bench grinder. Works a treat, and takes only about 30 seconds per wheel:





    I imagine a wire wheel mounted in your hand drill would also work if you have a way to anchor either the drill or the wheel. Otherwise, you're going to run out of hands...

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    Paint thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    I use a wire wheel mounted in a bench grinder. Works a treat, and takes only about 30 seconds per wheel:

    I imagine a wire wheel mounted in your hand drill would also work if you have a way to anchor either the drill or the wheel. Otherwise, you're going to run out of hands...
    Putting one of them between my legs can't possibly end badly, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
    Putting one of them between my legs can't possibly end badly, right?
    Depends on which.
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    Use goo-off.

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    OTOH, .. if its really stuck hard, glue over it .. with new stuff .. knock off what's loose..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
    Putting one of them between my legs can't possibly end badly, right?
    Don't forget to videotape it for future YouTube posting. Oh, and remember to say something like: "Here, hold my beer and watch this . . ."

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