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Old 07-30-20, 03:48 PM
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Most powerful solvent for aluminum rims?

Trying to clean up Gorilla tape residue and tubeless sealant - incredibly tenacious gunk. I've tried mineral spirits and acetone - acetone seemed a little more effective but it's still a lot of work. Seems like too much work.

Any recommendations for a more powerful solvent?

Is Muc-off glue and sealant remover better than acetone?
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Trying to clean up Gorilla tape residue and tubeless sealant - incredibly tenacious gunk. I've tried mineral spirits and acetone - acetone seemed a little more effective but it's still a lot of work. Seems like too much work.

Any recommendations for a more powerful solvent?
I don't know solvents really, but would this be the raison d'etre of the Goo Gone or Goof Off stuff?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I don't know solvents really, but would this be the raison d'etre of the Goo Gone or Goof Off stuff?
I don't know. I'd like to hear "X works better than acetone" before I go buy some. Not a fan of having various special cleaners but this gunk is kicking my butt and blistering my fingers. I'm ready to buy the special cleaner if it will help.
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The only solvent I have in my garage stronger than acetone is methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). It can turn paint tacky just by contact. I'm not sure if it would work well cleaning goo off rims without causing some damage to the finish.
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I don't know. I'd like to hear "X works better than acetone" before I go buy some. Not a fan of having various special cleaners but this gunk is kicking my butt and blistering my fingers. I'm ready to buy the special cleaner if it will help.
X works better than acetone and he is also gon to give it ya.

Typically if I have some tape residue I try Triflow and that will frequently work. Not always but sometimes.
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0000 Superfine steel wool. As long as the rims are aluminum.
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X works better than acetone and he is also gon to give it ya.

Typically if I have some tape residue I try Triflow and that will frequently work. Not always but sometimes.
I didn't even know Triflow makes degreaser.
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3M has an Adhesive solvent..
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I've used Goo Gone on a lot of things like label adhesives. I'd suggest trying it. The 3m product (Citrus Based Adhesive Remover) is based on an sweet orange extract. 3m stuff is usually pretty good. I'd try one or the other. PRobably the cheaper one first.

Rub on Goo-Gone, let it sit for 15 to 30 seconds, then use a Scotch-Brite pad. Then soap and water. It's not a sure thing but it's worked a lot of times for me.
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Brake fluid or gasket remover. Both may discolor the rim - so test first.
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...I have never removed the adhesive from Gorilla tape. Generally speaking, my order of solvent escalation is mineral spirits > acetone > spray can brake cleaner (auto parts store) > spray can carburetor cleaner (auto parts store).

The last two are probably bad for you to breathe or absorb through the skin. But they are aggressive solvents. A lot of glues seem to get more removable when you heat them up with a heat gun. Then acetone or the carb cleaner.with a rag.
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Sometimes, something as innocuous as WD-40 will work for some adhesives.
No clue about Gorilla Glue #4 .
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Why not call the "Gorilla" folks and ask them?

Found this on their FAQ https://www.gorillatough.com/first-aid-sds/tapes/

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Goo gone works better than acetone

I've used it on car wiring harnesses and removing labels from bottles or computer equipment. Removed 40 year old electrical tape residue with no drama, actually smells kind of nice. Acetone is actually hard on old wires.

Tubeless sealant I've never monkeyed with.
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I left duct tape on windows for like a month after a hurricane. Goo gone works great.

It's slightly oily, so when you're done, I'd clean the braking surface with dish soap then rubbing alcohol. Unless you want discs.
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Latex-based sealant will dissolve in household ammonia.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
3M has an Adhesive solvent..
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I've used Goo Gone on a lot of things like label adhesives. I'd suggest trying it. The 3m product (Citrus Based Adhesive Remover) is based on an sweet orange extract. 3m stuff is usually pretty good. I'd try one or the other. PRobably the cheaper one first.
I forgot about that citrus based product. Some of my customers that produce adhesive labels for the oil and gas industry go through a lot of citrus adhesive remover. I've used it myself while working on their machines and use a razor blade to scrape off the softened goo.
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The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape residue by applying a thin coating of heavy oil -- whatever is on hand -- and waiting overnight. Some folks use peanut butter, because the peanut powder holds the oil in place. Even cooking oil works.
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Sodium hydroxide will dissolve those rims in pretty short order...
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
I didn't even know Triflow makes degreaser.
I don't know that they do but I use actual normal Triflow to remove goo residue from stickers, tape and other similar stuff and it can work quite nicely.
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The only solvent I have in my garage stronger than acetone is methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). It can turn paint tacky just by contact. I'm not sure if it would work well cleaning goo off rims without causing some damage to the finish.
MEK is great but, as you know, be careful with it. It will literally "weld" certain plastics together. I use it for certain vintage fountain pen repairs. Agreed, stronger than acetone. Not sure what it would do on aluminum...probably instant death for carbon, but IDK.

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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Trying to clean up Gorilla tape residue and tubeless sealant - incredibly tenacious gunk. I've tried mineral spirits and acetone - acetone seemed a little more effective but it's still a lot of work. Seems like too much work.

Any recommendations for a more powerful solvent?

Is Muc-off glue and sealant remover better than acetone?
Goo Gone and Goof Off are the best choices. I do find that Goo Gone is a bit oilier than Goof Off which could be an issue on a braking surface.
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Originally Posted by JoeTBM View Post
Why not call the "Gorilla" folks and ask them?

Found this on their FAQ https://www.gorillatough.com/first-aid-sds/tapes/



Let us know what you find out from them
Go to the source? This tread hasn't even gone 5 pages yet. The journey is in seeking, not finding the answer.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Trying to clean up Gorilla tape residue and tubeless sealant - incredibly tenacious gunk. I've tried mineral spirits and acetone - acetone seemed a little more effective but it's still a lot of work. Seems like too much work.

Any recommendations for a more powerful solvent?

Is Muc-off glue and sealant remover better than acetone?
trichloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene sold as brake cleaner.

Unfortunately, they cause cancer and are illegal to sell in California.
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