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    Removing rim glue on tubulars

    Hi guys,

    I bought some second hand superbe pros w/ tires already on, however I got a flat almost immediately () and needed to get them replaced.

    So, I pulled the tires off and discovered about a centimetre thick coating of glue around the entire rim. It looks like whoever owned the wheels before me has just placed layer upon layer upon layer of glue on the rims..

    I took the first one to the bike store and the guy said he'd have a shot, then he rang me at the end of the day to tell me it took him 5 hours and if I wanted him to do the other one, I'd have to pay an hourly rate ($80 p/h) which I politely declined.

    So... Can anyone give me some tips to take this stuff off?? The guy at the bike store said he used gasoline + a wire brush.

    I'll upload a photo so you guys can see it and maybe give me a better idea..

    Cheers!

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    http://www.fixed.org.au/forums/t4658/#top

    edit - i dunno how helpful this will be, but i seem to remember a thread a while back that was quite popular regarding glue removal...
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    Solvent + wire brush + sandpaper + time + beer = clean rim

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrakeFree View Post
    time
    need to minimize this factor due to pressing deadlines

    also thanks.. I probably should've searched first I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuen View Post
    need to minimize this factor due to pressing deadlines.
    Wire brush mounted on a dremel or similar tool

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    i scraped off the hard stuff with a screw driver (carefully) then used acetone to clean the rest, this was for an older corma carbon disc tub wheel.

    worked well, but it probably didnt have layers upon layers of dried glue likes your sounds like.

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    try gasket remover. i hold no liability if shit goes bad.
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    Get larger diameter tyres.

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    Get clinchers.

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