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New to the hobby....

The instructions in the racing set I purchased said use tape and roll the tires around on it for a while, just read somewhere else not to do that as it leaves glue residue.

How do you clean tires?
 

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Don't laugh, I normally just use Spit on my Finger ! But the greasy residue build-up varies, whether it's on rubber tires or Silicone, sometimes I need to use a dab of paint thinner on a Q-Tip....which may also soften the tires somewhat, but I've never had one degrade noticably yet.
 

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I've always used the tape method and have never noticed a residue. Perhaps the source of your reading had been using ancient tape and the "glue" was breaking free of the backing.

Sticky tape (cello?), masking tape and duct tape have all worked for me but duct tape can be a little too sticky and hard to roll the tyres on. I leave the tyres on the car and place a long strip of tape on the edge of a table/bench, sticky side up, with each end folded back under and stuck down to the table. Run each side of tyres along the tape and you're good to go. If you don't do it on the table edge the guide pin will prevent the front tyre from cleaning but front tyre "stickage" is not an issue anyway. You can also lay the tape on the track in the same way, in the tyre path and do both sides at once.

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Michael. :thumbsup:
 

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Palm sweat works great but if that's not available a fingertip to the tongue is in order.

One guy we race with runs his car over a loop of duct tape pre-race and wonders why he occasionally loses a tire during a race. Duct tape is too "violent".
 

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Ok, this may sound off the wall, but it worked on sili's really good. A drop or two of red oil smeared around the tire and then wiped down with a piece of paper towel cleaned the crud off my tires, and left them clean and grippy. This was a Phil Pignon (RRR) trick he shared with me on the phone while ordering.
 

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Ok, this may sound off the wall, but it worked on sili's really good. A drop or two of red oil smeared around the tire and then wiped down with a piece of paper towel cleaned the crud off my tires, and left them clean and grippy. This was a Phil Pignon (RRR) trick he shared with me on the phone while ordering.
Neat trick, but I'll be dinged if I am going to use up my red racing oil
to clean tires with!
Back-rolled cello tape works fine.:thumbsup:
 

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Blue Painter's Tape... Made to release from surfaces, so it's not as tacky as tape that's made to stay put. I never sit down to run cars without a roll at arm's length... :cool:
 

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I like to use fabric lint rollers myself. Just enough stick to clean the tires, but not too much. They're really cheap at the dollar store!

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Blue Painter's Tape... Made to release from surfaces, so it's not as tacky as tape that's made to stay put. I never sit down to run cars without a roll at arm's length... :cool:
You took the words right outta my mouth lol. I have a 3" wide roll so I can clean as many tires as possible! :thumbsup:
 

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I hear honda just rolls the cars on his slider's wrappers. Lubes the car and cleans the tires in one shot!!! And as an added bonus the cars smell like fried onions once they warm up. :rolleyes::lol:
 

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Cheap, handy and effective, slotman!! :thumbsup::thumbsup: pig
 

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Switch to urethane. Great grip for long periods of time. They don't attract dust and debris like silicone. Far less cleaning required.
 

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What !? IMHO- Urethane(at least in HO tires)- Sucks ! It sucks all the oily film off your track (unless your track is Clean Room Spotless), and when it sucks all that oily film, they becomes as slippery as a bald 1:1 tire on ICE. FYI- Jel Claws tires are like that as well.
BTW- I personally, was one of the Beta Testers, for the NEW "Super Tire" Urethanes that just came out..... When they're Clean- They Grip like Glue - but when they get greasy- they are Worthless- YMMV :D
 

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Siliva works as well as tape. I also see a build up after awhile and use very lightly some 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to remove the buildup of the tape/spit/dust/grime/whatever. not so hard as to untrue the tires
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Urethane is great on routed painted wood tracks. They are the tires Vincent Wheels sells with their wheels. Larger scales tend to run slower than HO, and due to the difference between HO and larger scale wheels, the big'uns spin at a much lower RPM. Maybe an over dramatization, but it would be like comparing a pin vise to an electric drill speed-wise.

Jelclaws are the opposite problem. They are an overly sticky silicone compound which gets dirty (in my dust bowl of a house) in less than a lap on my little track... and that's right after hitting it with a swiffer. :rolleyes:
 

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Ralph,

I have the same dissatisfaction with silicone as you have with urethane. I switched over to urethane that I run on plastic track with no regrets. IMHO, the softest of compounds offered by Supertires are still too hard and lose traction quickly even under the best of track conditions.
 
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